Michael Angelo Paniagua Jr. is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. They are a cum laude graduate in anthropology from Trinity University, where they also received the Margaret Mead Award for the Class of 2019 in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of anthropology.
After graduation Paniagua joined the AmeriCorps' College Advising Corps, working to increase the number of low-income, first generation and underrepresented students in higher education. Assisting students in the application processes further developed their interest in improving LGBTQIA+ material conditions that result from myriad structural inequity, including employment, housing and medical access.
At LBJ, they are taking a gender and health policy development course to further explore gender-based health inequities.
Paniagua is interested in increasing access to and quality of LGBTQIA+ public health, with a particular focus on transgender health care. They hope to find a Policy Apprenticeship in DC focused on both research and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ public health.
Policy interests: LGBTQIA+ health care; poverty alleviation