MLK Scholars come from all backgrounds and have varied interests. They are focused on developing their leadership skills and giving back to the community.
Megan Boateng '17 is originally from Worcester, MA, and being raised in the Ghanaian community has truly helped to mold who she has become today. Megan enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community through opportunities at Brandeis and back in Worcester. Upon coming to Brandeis she has developed other interests in public health and educating both African and African-American populations on the importance of mental healthcare.
With majors in both Neuroscience and Biology, she spends a lot her time studying but when she is not in the books she enjoys singing with Brandeis’ Voices of Soul A Capella group and coordinating Waltham Group's Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S) Program. As a member of the Student Support Services Program she serves as a mentor to other students within the school as well. She is also part of the MLK Scholar Advisory Board, where she has had the opportunity to be part of the planning and execution of programs/activities devoted to the MLK Scholars.
Apart from Brandeis, Megan has had the chance to intern at a Radiology lab in the UMass Medical School over the summer to further her interests in medicine. She aspires to go to medical school after graduating from Brandeis in the hopes that her career will positively impact minority and marginalized communities in healthcare.
Megan is very appreciative of the opportunities and doors that the MLK Scholarship has opened for her both in and out of Brandeis. She hopes that all scholars will have the chance to experience the community and legacy that the MLK Scholars have at Brandeis.
Wilkins Lugo '17 enjoys picking apart anything in order to get a better understanding of its function. He enjoys the sciences and solving puzzles which suits his deconstructing-interest.
He enjoys both his academics and fulfilling his extracurricular activities. Being a Biochemistry major and a Chemistry minor, Wilkins spends lots of time with his head in a textbook. When a textbook is not open in front of him, he spends his free time with the Student Leadership Board organizing events for the Student Support Services Program (SSSP); with Martin Luther King and Friends club as a member and as their treasurer; mentoring freshmen as a SSSP peer mentor; and catching up on Criminal Minds.
Outside of Brandeis, Wilkins previously interned with the Housatonic Valley Association Inc. (HVA) with the help from the Sorensen Fellowship. This summer, Wilkins is leading a group of high school aged youths, the self-proclaimed "crew berries," in areas of environmentalism as their Green Team Crew leader at Groundwork Somerville, funded through Americorps Vista. Wilkins has worked with Groundwork organizations in the past: as a Green Team member at Groundwork Lawrence and as a partner with Groundwork Hudson Valley last summer. Wilkins' growth and yearn for promoting environmentalism made this summer's internship choice a simple one. He hopes to culminate this experience with his other hands-on work with the outdoors to pursue his prime choice career: An Environmental Restoration Planner. He is very grateful that the MLK Scholarship has opened this many doors for him in and out of Brandeis University!
Divanna Eckels '18 is a Junior from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is double majoring in History and African and Afro-American Studies with a minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. She has been a Peer Advocate for the Brandeis Rape Crisis Center since January 2015, and a Peer Counselor at the Queer Resource Center since January 2016. She was one of two Assistant Stage Managers for the Brandeis Ensemble Theater's The Wiz. In addition, she is a Brandeis Bridges 2016 Fellow. Divanna also serves as the Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Sexuality and Queer Studies program. Lastly, she was one of two event coordinators for the Brandeis African Students Organization during the 2015-2016 school year.
This summer, Divanna is working to provide equal legal protection for LGBT folks in the state of Georgia and across the nation through an internship with Georgia Equality, Inc. She would like to work in the social services sector in the near future, and plans on going to graduate school to get a Masters in Social Work.
Laura Garcia '18 is a Cuban-born, first-generation scholar who has dedicated her time at Brandeis to bringing better days to the residents of Waltham. Simultaneously majoring in Sociology and pursuing a minor in Legal Studies, Laura is passionate about giving back to the community and works hard as a Hunger and Homelessness Coordinator to bring awareness to the prominent issues of food and housing insecurity in Middlesex County. Her current efforts are focused on helping such a population by providing housing a job application assistance sessions, developing GED/financial literacy workshops, and participating in the annual Boston Mobile Food Pantry to collect non-perishable items for those in need.
When she is not advocating for social justice issues, she is welcoming new students to the Brandeis family as a Community Advisor for the Department of Community Living, helping first-years find their way on campus. She is also a Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Legal Studies program, executing various semester activities and information sessions for potential minors.