Mckenzie Diep

2023 Schaeffer Fellowship

Mckenzie Diep is a second-year student at UC Berkeley pursuing simultaneous degrees in economics and urban studies. Her interests include broadband equity, science technology policy, anti-displacement studies, and human-centered design. As a Bay Area native, she is passionate about understanding housing and displacement issues. She actively studies how urban design perpetuates racial inequities and informs policy. Mckenzie is a Researcher at the UC Berkeley and the University of Toronto's Urban Displacement Project and a Research Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center on the Politics of Development.

Her commitment to public service has intensified through her work to close the digital divide for low-income families as the Policy Coordinator for the OaklandUndivided Coalition. Here, she wrote several comments advocating for the passage of anti-discriminatory policy and for the recognition of discriminatory broadband language by the Federal Communications Commission. Her recent research on broadband equity and digital health has been published by the Journal of Science Policy and Governance.

As a Schaeffer fellow, Mckenzie aspires to work within the government to serve with the best interest of the public at the intersection of technology equity and democracy.

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Major(s): Economics and Urban Studies