Leila Phillips

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Class of 2024
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento
2024 Jo Freeman Women in Politics Fellow

Leila Phillips is a first-generation transfer student at UC Berkeley majoring in political science. She was raised by a single mother who emigrated from Mexico and encouraged Leila’s academic journey throughout her life. Leila constantly looks for opportunities to use her academic background to benefit her community. On campus, Leila interns as a Student Assistant for the Transfer Student Center, helping facilitate transition courses for incoming transfer students. Interning with the Transfer Student Center allows Leila to fulfill her passion of contributing to one of the communities she belongs to, while providing resources and insight to new students. Leila also serves as a Research Apprentice in the Political Science Department.

Prior to transferring to UC Berkeley, Leila earned her associate’s degree in political science from Modesto Junior College. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Leila hopes to work in public service or on policy at the local or state level. This summer, Leila aspires to continue developing her research skills and to gain hands-on experience while studying how policies may affect gender equity in California.

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Major(s): Political Science