Michael Asparrin ’19, of Ewing, New Jersey, is a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate with certificates in History and the Practice of Diplomacy and Spanish Language and Culture. He is the 2018 Tom A. and Andrea E. Bernstein ’80 Scholar. On campus and through summer internships, Asparrin worked to bring access to social, legal and educational opportunities for some of the country’s most marginalized and underrepresented communities. He is particularly interested in the interaction that government, nonprofit organizations and local communities have in creating and implementing significant and lasting change. In summer 2017, Asparrin interned at the nonprofit organization Make the Road New Jersey through the Princeton Internships in Civic Service program, where he worked with working-class and low-income immigrant community members in Elizabeth, New Jersey. On campus, Asparrin was chair of the Association of Latinx Activism and Service, served on the Princeton Latinos y Amigos executive board, was a volunteer ESL tutor with the Pace Center’s El Centro student group, a member of the Scholar’s Institute Fellowship Program and as a student representative on the Priorities Committee in the Office of the Provost. For his SINSI internship in 2018, Asparrin served in the Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section, at the Justice Department.
Summer of 2018