• About:

      Raymi Echavarria is a senior majoring in Sociology and pursuing a certificate in Public Policy with an Education Policy concentration. She is also a student in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program, an Eva Kastan Grove Scholar, and Grove fellow.

      Outside of Hunter, Raymi worked at a non-profit organization in East New York, where she assisted students at her old high school with the college matriculation process. Later, she moved on to work with a caseload of community college students in a position aimed at increasing college retention. Raymi also interned at the social policy evaluation research organization MDRC, where she provided research support on projects in the Health and Barriers to Employment and the Young Adults and Post-Secondary Education policy areas. Currently, she is a consultant for the New York City Department of Education College Bridge for All initiative, which uses a peer-mentorship model to extend college access to many of NYC’s public high school students. In this role, Raymi is responsible for the screening, hiring, and supervising of eight college students who serve as coaches to matriculating high school seniors.

      Raymi expects her professional life to be at the intersection of research, policy, and practice within education. Her interests include education policy, criminal justice, and immigration policy, and the issues that emerge when institutions in these three systems do not adequately serve our youth. Her capstone thesis is titled, “Beyond a Sanctuary for their Nightmares: Safeguarding the Educational Aspirations of Undocumented Youth,” where she offers proposals for meaningful action that multiple stakeholders can take to increase access to higher education under a hostile political environment.