In the third installment of our Palmer Award announcements, we have our final two Palmer Award finalists to share with you. Please meet Nabeel Ahmed and Le’Otis Boswell-Johnson!
Nabeel attended Central Michigan University’s session of the Institute. While there, he developed a vision that was focused on a world where clean and drinkable water is valued and available for everyone. Recognizing that there is much to learn about water treatment, Nabeel got to work and focused his masters’ research on the purification and reclamation of wastewater.
Through this research, Nabeel is working to discover solutions to the problems related to water treatment. By writing and publishing articles about this research, he hopes that he is building awareness around the world’s water crisis as well as demonstrate the possibilities that exist through research.
Nabeel’s Institute experience continued this year when he served as a challenge course facilitator for CMU’s 2018 session.
Le’Otis, Institute graduate from the Florida State University session, has a vision of a juvenile justice system that is rehabilitative in nature, giving youth an opportunity to turn their lives around.
To prepare to make an impact on a long-established punitive judicial system, Le’Otis is now pursuing his Juris Doctorate at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern. Prior to enrolling on law school, he spent a year tutoring and mentoring at risk students with City Year. His work at City Year fostered the academic and personal growth of those he mentored, potentially lowering their risk of ever entering the juvenile justice system.
Le’Otis is also the co-founder of Sons of Sophistication Mentoring Program. Based in Tallahassee, FL, the program provides high school aged men of color with mentors from Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Tallahassee Community College.
Join us in wishing Nabeel and Le’Otis success in their work to create a more just, caring, and thriving world!