Alimyon M. Allen, is an recent grad from the University of Illinois. She is a MPA candidate at the University of Illinois, active in the Graduate Public Service program. She received a BA in Political Science along with a focus in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Alimyon has worked along various not-for-profit organizations including Amnesty International USA. She also serves as an area coordinator for Amnesty. Her research and professional interests involve public policy in areas such as criminal justice (e.g. mental illness), healthcare, civic engagement, and education.