Abdul-Aziz is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Sociology at Minnesota State University, Mankato with an emphasis on criminology and corrections. He expects to graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Summer 2021.
As a public servant, he served a two-year term as a student trustee on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees, a 15-member board that governs 37 colleges and state universities in Minnesota. His work experience includes working in the Governor’s office, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Employment and Economic Development. In these placements, He worked on a broad array of issues relating to community planning, economic development, and policy analysis. He led self-directed initiatives in all three state departments, most notably, he worked with the Governor’s office focusing on developing at-risk youth personally and professionally. Additionally, he worked as a community and economic development intern with the Region Nine Development Commission engaging in research and data analysis in collaboration for 147 townships spread across 9 counties in rural Minnesota. Currently, he is a Justice Policy Analyst Fellow with the Ramsey County Manager’s Office. Focusing on justice systems transformation with collaborative justice partners centered on racial equity and community engagement values.
After graduation, Abdul-Aziz plans to earn a Juris Doctor to become a relentless advocate who strives to empower others with the firm belief that access to justice should be attainable for all.