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Isaiah is a designer who holds a BSc in Anthropology from UCL and was a visiting undergraduate to Harvard. He has further academic interests in computer science - and everything in between. Isaiah is passionate about positive mental health, inclusive design, social mobility, and education, and has worked with a range of organisations including Airbnb and J.P. Morgan.
I'm joining LIS because...
LIS inspires me for multiple reasons, but let's take two of them: LIS strives to take a holistic approach to assessing potential. The current system is not fair. It's our job as educators, academics, and leaders, to view students' success in the context of their story and to offer opportunities for them to express and articulate their potential. Secondly, it wasn't until I got to university and studied anthropology at both UCL and Harvard that I could truly appreciate the variety of ways I could show my grasp of a subject area. I am certain that LIS will take inspiration from these evaluation methods among many others to help our students hone practical, applicable and highly sought after skills as they make attempts to solve some of the most difficult and nuanced problems our society has ever had to grapple with.
"How can we make LIS accessible to everyone, and a place where they feel they can belong and thrive?"
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Isaiah holds a First Class Anthropology degree from UCL. During his studies, he spent a year as a Visiting Undergraduate at Harvard University where, in addition to Anthropology, he also took classes in Psychology, Computer Science, and Engineering Design. Isaiah was able to study at Harvard by crowdfunding over £60K as part of his #StratfordToHarvard campaign. He then used the surplus funds raised to support disadvantaged students in his local community.
At UCL, Isaiah was a Student Advisor to the Institute of Global Prosperity Think Tank, working closely with the anthropology department to show the value of Anthropology to students from under-represented backgrounds. He was also a Fellow at London Zoo, co-managed and co-invested $10,000 in UCL entrepreneurs, and received the Lloyds Award for his volunteering efforts in supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
At Harvard, Isaiah was a Fellow on the Politics of Race and Ethnicity program at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. He also founded a non-profit social impact venture, the Redefining Boundaries Fellowship, to reimagine what it means to belong in the technology industry and shine a light on the hidden black talent. He continued to raise almost $20,000 from organisations including eBay, Airbnb, Facebook, and several tech investors.
Outside of academia, Isaiah has worked across a range of industries including finance, law, and technology. In his most recent project, he used ethnographic research and UX design principles to redesign the podcast listening experience on Spotify, for which he received the ‘Best UX Design’ award as part of his then internship.
Isaiah is also an active extra-curricular enthusiast: he swam for his London borough, captained his national-league basketball team for eight consecutive years, was called to represent the England basketball squad, and competed internationally and across the US. He also mentors several young people from resource-limited backgrounds with limitless potential, and is helping the Amos Bursary charity raise £1 million. They are halfway. In his spare time, he has taken several adventurous trips abroad: hitchhiking around Kaui, Hawaii, surfing in the Dominican Republic, and fishing in Jamaica.