Erik Lampmann is a rising junior and Boatwright Scholar studying Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and French at the University of Richmond (VA). He co-founded UR’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think-tank, during his first-year and grew the organization through roundtable discussions, policy writing initiatives, as well as a coalition-based social justice documentary film festival. Erik also serves as interim President of the Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity and as the University’s LGBTQ Student Coordinator. He has published on LGBTQ tax policy and presented on equal justice organizing at the national level. He has also worked as an intern for Equality Pennsylvania and received intersectional campus organizing training from the Young People For (YP4) Fellowship program of the People for the American Way Foundation. More recently, Erik has worked with the OpportunityNation coalition on economic justice and social mobility in the United States. Outside of his activism and academic scholarship, Erik enjoys loose-leaf tea, the “West Wing,” and vegetarian cooking.
STUDENT FINALIST: We must choose to move towards a shared conception of justice and social solidarity that differentiates itself from Capitol Hill’s petty electoral games.