May 2020 Barrett grad Alexander Sojourney wins prestigious Marshall Scholarship

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December 10, 2020

When he was in middle school, Alexander Sojourney’s parents would take him to community meetings, where he saw elected officials listen to people’s complaints.

“They would talk about busted water pipes or potholes that needed to be filled,” he said.

In 2008, his parents took him to see Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.

“Seeing someone like myself, with the same complexion, gave me a boost to know that I can achieve that,” he said.

Sojourney was able to see the spectrum of public service, from potholes to the presidency.

“I’m passionate about implementing equitable justice solutions for disadvantaged communities. I’d like to run for political office,” said Sojourney, who graduated from Arizona State University with honors from Barrett, The Honors College in May.

Now he is taking the next step toward his goal: He has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship to pursue a graduate degree in the United Kingdom in 2021. He plans to study race, media and social justice at Goldsmiths, University of London, for a year, and then spend a year at Queen’s University in Belfast, studying conflict, transformation and social justice.

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