My name is Mari Jones, and I am a junior in Currier House studying Government and African-American Studies. It is an honor, a privilege, and I am filled with the utmost excitement to serve as President of the Institute of Politics for the 2020 year. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, my interest in politics and public service began with a spirit of activism and an inspired heart to push for change. Back home, I saw how community organizing and grassroots activism affected my home community and how these efforts were playing out of the national stage. These home relationships and experiences have guided me over the course of my college career and have instilled within me a life of purpose to live in service to others. Over the course of the next year, I am excited to root the IOP as an active place of public service, to cultivate a foundational environment of diversity and belonging, and to institutionalize a culture of learning and skill-building that all Harvard undergraduates can benefit from and utilize as we enter the world as the next generation of public servants. Outside of the IOP, I am involved with PBHA's prison tutoring program and Harvard Model Congress. In my free time, I can be found wandering around a local bookstore, binge-watching Netflix, or heavily engaged with college football.
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