Queens, New York
is a junior Sociology major from Queens, New York. He attended public school in New York for grades 1-12 before being awarded the Posse Foundation Scholarship. He has always valued civic engagement and community building as an essential part of a complete academic experience. As a result of this, he is actively involved with Addison County Teens, mentoring high school students and facilitating poetry/Hip-Hop workshops. While mentoring he draws upon his experiences performing as a Rap/Spoken Word artist at various academic and artistic institutions around the country. On campus Debanjan is also a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as a board member of Distinguished Men of Color. Debanjan was a Field/Organizing Intern this past summer for New Yorkers for de Blasio, campaigning throughout New York City for the recent mayoral election.
During the summer of 2015, Debanjan conducted research at Columbia University under the guidance of Sociology professor Van C. Tran. As part of the larger research of the Amsterdam Avenue Project, which evaluated the effects of neighborhood change in various neighborhoods on the west side of Manhattan.