Madelyn Lucas is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. She majored in political science at the University of New Mexico with a minor in chemistry and an Honors College designation.

Prior to graduate school, Lucas worked for the New Mexico State Legislature’s Legislative Council Service and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation. She currently serves as the institutional engagement coordinator for Excelencia in Education where she helps to provide universities with the resources and guidance needed to accelerate Latino student success on their campuses. These professional experiences combined with her undergraduate experience, developed Lucas’s interest in the field of higher education policy and leadership, particularly in the context of serving students who are first-generation, low income, and/or from rural areas.

At the LBJ school, she is learning how to utilize statistical software (Stata) to examine data on educational inequities. Lucas hopes to find a Policy Apprenticeship in DC focused on creating equity within higher education in a not-for-profit organization or in the federal government.

Policy Interests: Higher education for first-generation students, gender inequity, poverty, alternatives to higher education


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