Michael Hernandez ’22, Political Science and Economics
Fall 2019 UConn Co-op Legacy Fellow – Change Grant Recipient
Students Like Me: Creating More Representation in Advanced Placement Classes
The “Students Like Me” campaign has officially launched! Throughout the next few weeks, the campaign will promote Advanced Placement (AP) classes by sharing students’ stories and resources. The goal is to increase enrollment in AP classes in Stamford among students who self-identify with an underrepresented group in the upcoming academic year.
Follow the campaign on social media:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudentsLikeMeStamford/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/students.like.me/
Michael’s project aims to increase enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) classes among students who self-identify as Black or Hispanic/Latino by 10% in the 2020-2021 academic year in Stamford Public Schools’ high schools. This will be done through a visual campaign, with printed and social media content.
Read more about Michael and his Change Grant project in this opinion piece featured in the UConn Daily – It’s time to do something about the lack of representation in AP Classes and an opinion piece in the Stamford Advocate – Stamford AP Classes Lack Diversity.
Michael is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Political Science and Economics, with an English minor. On campus, he serves as the President of the Undergraduate Political Science Association, a Research Assistant, Press Corps for Model UN, and a Board Member for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Leadership Board. He also writes opinion pieces for the Daily Campus. As an immigrant from Honduras, Michael incorporates his personal immigrant story with his research and his work outside of school. He is currently a Campaign Fellow for CT Students for a Dream, where he played an instrumental role in passing a law that will give undocumented students in Connecticut access to institutional aid. His legislative work, political activism, and nonprofit work have earned him national attention. After graduating from UConn, Michael hopes to attend law school and enter public service.