May 27, 2016
Macaulay Alumnae: From Hunter to Harvard
Macaulay Honors College is pleased to announce that two of its alumnae, who both graduated from Macaulay at Hunter College in 2011, received post-graduate degrees from Harvard University on May 26, 2016. Xevion Baptiste received her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she is also a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow. Amal El-bakhar, who is also a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, received her law degree from the Harvard School of Law.
Amal, whose family is from Morroco, also was named a 2011 Coro Fellow. She plans to join the law firm Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP in NYC, NY.
“For me, graduating from Harvard Law School is the American dream,” said Amal. “Macaulay provided the solid foundation and set me free to realize my dreams with a vision of excellence and justice. I am excited about the future - knowing there are many more steps to climb, lessons to learn, and wonderful people to meet and engage.”
Born in Morocco, an immigrant at 9, Amal sought a secular high school and college education over some of her traditional family members’ objections. In the past, she has worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Amal has been featured among Macaulay’s outstanding alumni.
Xevion Baptiste’s time at The Kennedy’s School has been captured on video, chronicling her typical day at Harvard studying public policy. The video is posted to the Kennedy School YouTube page, which is used to attract prospective students. Xevion remains undecided about her next career move, and that’s part of her learning process.
“Along the way, you meet beautiful people who humble you with their intelligence, their commitment, and their stories; people who believe that knowing you has contributed to their lives,” said Xevion. “I am blessed to have found those people in Crown Heights, at Macaulay and at Harvard.”
Xevion is the daughter of a Jamaican mother, whose family continue to work as coffee farmers there. She is also among the alumni featured in Macaulay’s 15-year anniversary celebration of graduates from each of its classes.
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