Michael Raphael Aguilar is a student at Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas. He was born and raised in Houston and is a 2015 graduate of Cypress Woods High School. As a first-generation college student, Michael has developed a deep connection to his education and has strived to apply it in his involvement on campus and in the community.
Before he was elected as Texas Regional President, Michael was the Vice-President of Service for the Beta Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Through his chapter’s Honors in Action project, he researched Juvenile Justice and helped organize a mentorship program for students at a disciplinary Alternative Learning Center. The experience of this project has led him to study the larger issue of mass incarceration in America and its roots in American history. Recently, Michael traveled to Louisiana visiting prisons and former plantations in an Alternative Spring Break trip focused on Criminal Justice Reform.
He is also the Vice-President of Representation for the Honors College Student Organization on his campus. As an officer, Michael is responsible for maintaining the strong student community within the Honors College. As an Honors student, Michael has presented several projects at research conferences like the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium. Through an Honors Environmental Science service learning project, Michael helped organize a semester-long Food Drive to fight food insecurity among students at Lone Star-CyFair.
Michael values service and civic engagement and he understands that an education is the foundation for a future driven by these values. Hence, Michael is committed to finishing his Associate’s degree at Lone Star College and will be transferring after the Spring 2018 semester. He plans to study Economics and History at a four-year university and ultimately hopes to become a leader in his community through activism and scholarship.