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Mona Elrayah | Graduate Student, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wilder School Government and Public Affairs

Mona Elrayah is a  24 year old who was born and raised in the country of Sudan and currently in her last year of graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She will be receiving her Master’s in Public Administration from the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs this coming May 2018. Since beginning with the MPA program, she has been interning and volunteering at several organizations and programs aimed at civil service including the Make a Wish Foundation, Richmond and Petersburg City Public Schools, Higher Achievement of Richmond and most recently the YMCA’s STAR program.

The amount of poverty, famine, homelessness and lack thereof of resources in her home country of Sudan is heartbreaking. What she hopes to focus on most however, is the education system in third world countries. She would like to have the opportunity to spread education to youth who have limited access.