Current Place of Residence: Oregon
University: Yale University
Current/Recent Course: BA Political Science
JaVaughn T. “JT” Flowers, Portland, is a 2017 graduate of Yale University, with a B.A. in Political Science. A Truman Scholar, JT played varsity basketball at Yale before founding A Leg Even, an organization that facilitates the academic and professional success of low-income students. JT helped to design and implement major changes to Yale’s financial aid system. A first-generation college graduate, JT has studied the intersectional impacts of class, culture, and institutions on policymaking and social change, with a focus on increasing access to opportunity and socio-economic mobility amongst under-resourced communities. JT’s thesis examined policy gaps in Portland’s sanctuary city policy for undocumented immigrants. After graduation, JT returned home to work in Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s field office. At Oxford, JT will study Comparative Social Policy.