Selene CEJA

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  • From: Los Angeles, California

  • Year in School: 2nd

  • Studying: Public Policy

About Selene:

Selene Ceja is a second year Master of Public Policy student pursuing a certificate in Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP) at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, Selene graduated from Georgetown University in 2013 with a B.A. in Government and English and is proud to be the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. Prior to the Ford School, Selene advocated for and represented the Federal TRIO programs in Congress, organizing thousands of professionals, students and alumni to increase funding for first-generation, low-income students nationwide. During her five years representing TRIO on the Hill, Selene secured over $170 million in funding increases, and a first time ever allocation of $1 Billion in 2018, in a fiscally conservative and Republican-led Congress. Ms. Ceja has also led federal efforts to increase bipartisan and bicameral support for the TRIO programs resulting in the defeat of a House amendment to divert TRIO’s $60 million increase to career and technical education - making TRIO a household name in the House of Representatives. In her spare time, Selene mentors low-income students, contributes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives and enjoys running, traveling and trying the weirdest items on restaurant menus.