2019-2020 TIP Fellows

Alexis D. Miller is a third-year law student at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. She is the Northeast Black Law Students Association’s Regional Director of Community Service, the Student Bar Association’s Social Equity Director, and Senior Editor of the Rutgers Race & the Law Review. Her note, which the journal selected to publish, advocates for sovereign ownership of genetic material to remedy the exploitive actions of world superpowers in the Caribbean during slavery. Miller is also a former student attorney in the Rutgers International Human Rights Clinic. Additionally, she is the 2018-2019 President of the Rutgers Association of Black Law Students where she advocated for increased recruitment and enrollment of black law students to the law school. Previously, she was an Economic Development Intern in the New York City Law Department’s Summer Honors Program, and more recently, worked as an Executive Intern at the Vera Institute of Justice. Miller received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University—New Brunswick majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. In addition to her studies, Miller works as a community organizer, encouraging restorative justice practices in schools and the implementation of Civilian Complaint Review Boards to hold law enforcement accountable.

Jennifer Monge is a second-year law student at Rutgers Law School in Newark. Monge is the recipient of the Paul and Carol Miller Scholarship.  This past summer, she was a Legal Intern with the ACLU-NJ, and worked on transgender, incarceration and first amendment issues. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Religion and Arabic studies, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. Prior to law school, she worked in Yemen promoting educational opportunities for Yemeni youth and was senior pro bono coordinator for a legal advocacy organization for indigent women in NYC. As a TIP fellow, Monge hopes to use her research and community building skills, as well as her knowledge and passion for civil rights to advocate alongside community partners for transformative change in New Jersey’s segregated institutions.

Ajay Srikanth is currently a PhD student at Rutgers Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration. His research interests include K-12 school finance, equity and adequacy for high needs populations, and educational policy and law. Over the last 4 years, Ajay served as the analyst for the Office of Special Education in Newark Public Schools, helping to ensure that students with disabilities receive access to the resources they need. He graduated from Boston College with majors in Finance and Spanish, and also has a Masters’ in Education Policy from Columbia University. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Ajay served as a Spanish teacher in Chicago Public Schools.