Maurice Tosé II “Bear”
Student Researcher, Elon University & City of Greensboro, NC
Maurice Tosé II “Bear” is a student researcher studying policy and economics at Elon University. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, his interests in democracy and government come from his exposure to policy, politics, and the presidency in nearby Washington, D.C. The recipient of an undergraduate honors fellowship at Elon, this opportunity has given him the ability to engage in an extensive research project on the Greensboro Participatory Budgeting Project. His evaluative study of the process for the city of Greensboro that examines its influence on civic engagement and political efficacy of particularly marginalized communities has received regional interest. Because of such, he has been invited to share his experience and findings at numerous venues, and make recommendations to leaders of other PB initiatives. After his graduation in May of 2018, he hopes to obtain a local government job to gain experience before going to graduate school for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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