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Luis Feliz is currently attending Amherst College where he is pursuing a degree in Black Studies with a concentration in Caribbean Diaspora. In recognition of his academic excellence, Luis was named a Schupf Scholar by Amherst, allowing him to conduct in-depth original research.  In 2011, Luis attended the Skidmore CollegeNew York State Summer Writers Institute. During that year, he also conducted field research in Brazil on the socio-economic and racial dynamics impacting Brazilian daily lives. In 2010, Luis graduated with a Liberal Arts major in the Honors Program from La Guardia Community College. Before graduating, the aspiring English professor launched the school's literary magazine, volunteered as an ESL teacher with New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) and received the distinguished chapter officer award for his leadership in LaGuardia's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) the international honor society of two-year colleges. In the summer of 2008, Luis studied at Vassar College's Transfer Program for Community College Students. Luis is passionate about immigration and human rights, as well as grass-roots organizing of marginalized communities to ensure just labor and immigration practices. Luis would like to author a book about the immigrant experience in the US and teach at the college level.