Paris Wilkerson is a senior at Columbia University, studying Political Science and Economics. Growing up with parents who made her watch sixty minutes every Sunday since the age of three, and vocalize her opinions on the segments, she can’t remember a time when she didn’t care deeply about politics. For her, politics is more than just government and the political process, rather she sees politics as a way to genuinely create a better and more equitable society for all. Paris got involved with The Holder Initiative during her second year at Columbia, serving as a undergraduate volunteer. Last summer, The Holder Initiative provided funding for Paris to work for Legal Outreach, a New York City based educational non-profit. During her time with Legal Outreach, she helped run, an intensive law based, college prep program for low-income students aged thirteen to fourteen. While on campus, in addition to working with The Holder Initiative, Paris runs a mentoring program that pairs Columbia University students with New York City high school students. She also wrote for the Undergraduate Law Review for a year, and currently works for Columbia’s IT Department. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling—spending the summer after her first year studying in Taiwan, and the first semester of her third year in London. She also plans on eating her way through NYC.