Aurelio Ayala '18
Aurelio is a junior from Houston, Texas, pursuing a double major in Psychology and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies at the University of Richmond . His experience in underprivileged public schools and an elite boarding school taught him the consequences of insufficient student support and benefits from teacher involvement. His education has fostered his passion to address issues within public education. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, Aurelio was a Residential Coordinator of the Lawrenceville Summer Scholars Program, where he organized the program structure and oversaw over 150 students. As part of Best Buddies, he is paired with young adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aurelio was also an executive member of the largest programing board at his university, SpiderBoard. In addition to being marketing director, he worked with his team to host school-wide events and managed more than $100,000 a year. In the past, Aurelio supported at-risk students in Trenton. As a volunteer for the Lawrenceville School Scamp in Asbury, New Jersey, he fundraised during the school year and was a counselor during the summer to provide underserved Trenton students with a free summer camp experience.
Program: 2017 eLab Summer Accelerator