Akash Patel is a political science senior at OU and a Ewing Public Service Fellow who spent this summer researching education policy in Washington, D.C. After graduating in May, he plans to take a year off to work on immigration and education policy either in Oklahoma or in D.C. as well as apply for the Fulbright Scholarship. After spending 16 years as an undocumented immigrant, Akash was inspired to advocate for other struggling immigrants through his honors research project concerning undocumented students in Oklahoma. He now works with the American Civil Liberties Union on the Immigrants Rights Project as well as with the Oklahoma City Public School District to augment English Language Learning programs. After his time off from academia, Akash plans to apply to law school to develop his passion in immigration law and policy.
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