How Jamaican-born Jelani Munroe, a Rhodes Scholar, found his voice and purpose at Stanford University

elani Munroe, an international student from Jamaica who discovered a passion for economics and public policy on the Farm, also developed his singing voice with Stanford Talisman through performances on campus, and on tour in the United States and in South Africa.

When Jelani Munroe arrived at Stanford in 2012, he brought a “discovery list” of more than a dozen potential majors, including linguistics; chemistry; and science, technology and society.

But it didn’t take long for Munroe, who was born and raised in Jamaica, to find his intellectual passion after asking himself the question: What do you actually want to learn, and will it enable you to do some of the things you want to do later?

 

His answer led him to choose two majors – economics and public policy – and to conduct research on the Jamaican general elections of 2016 as an honors student in the interdisciplinary program of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

 

Munroe, who graduated in 2016, is one of five individuals with Stanford affiliations who will be heading to the University of Oxford in England next fall as Rhodes Scholars.

 

Currently, Munroe serves in the dual role of financial manager for the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) and chief executive officer of Stanford Student Enterprises, the ASSU’s finance and entrepreneurship arm, which provides grant funding to more than 600 student organizations.

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