Asheley Siewnarine is a senior of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College community. She is double majoring in Sociology and Psychology, as well as obtaining a certificate in Public Policy from the Roosevelt House. Many of her college activities have been community oriented and geared specifically towards underserved communities of color. She spent last summer interning at NYC’s Office of the Mayor under the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services working on issues of child welfare and homelessness. She also conducted research for a year with Professor Elizabeth Nisbet analyzing the extent to which public-private partnerships contribute to inequities in public institutions. Her favorite accomplishment at Hunter has been serving as a Democracy Coach with Generation Citizen for two years, working in public school classrooms across NYC to teach students about civics, advocacy and leadership.
Overall, Asheley is impassioned by public service and is interested in issues related to educational equity, juvenile justice and adolescent development. Consequently, she has written her capstone research paper about the over-policing of minority high school students in New York City, both in the classroom and on the streets. Her paper explores how this over-policing often impacts educational attainment, which inevitably contributes to other negative life outcomes related to poverty. Her paper also proposes recommendations to disrupt these cyclical and generational trajectories. After graduating, Asheley hopes to obtain a policy-related masters degree and begin working in the public sector.