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Three in Washington Leadership Program

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen
July 2017
Three in Washington Leadership Program


Among nine South Asian Americans who have been named to the 2017 class of the distinguished Washington Leadership Program are Emory University students Priya Elangova, Akshar Patel, and Namrata Verghese. The WLP is a nonprofit that seeks to develop the next generation of American leadership from the South Asian community. The nine scholars will be placed in congressional offices for an eight-week summer internship accompanied by a structured leadership curriculum.

Priya Elangovan (left) is a rising senior majoring in Political Science and Computer Science. Her areas of policy interest are in criminal justice, education, and technology policy. Professionally, she hopes to further explore the ways in which technology intersects with policy and political engagement, particularly its impact on activism and voter engagement.



Namrata Verghese (right) is a rising junior and Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, pursuing a double major in English/ Creative Writing and Psychology/Linguistics. Born in India, raised in England, and currently living in the U.S., she’s passionate about cultures, societies, and governments across the globe.



Akshar Patel (left) is a rising third-year 1915 Scholar, where he is double majoring in Biology and Religion. He is currently involved in research that aims to bridge gaps in cancer treatment rates among different underserved populations in urban Atlanta. Akshar’s interest for health equity through policy grew during his time in HOSA, Future Health Professionals.

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