Amani Berry prides himself on being a lifelong learner, and his pursuits are guided by a drive to elevate justice and well-being. In his first job out of college, Amani worked with high-school-aged teens faced with some of life’s greatest challenges. After watching these youth struggle, battle, and overcome their obstacles, Amani was humbled and inspired to take action. Thus, Amani completed a dual master’s degree in public policy and social work, where he enhanced his understanding of the systematic barriers that have routinely oppressed various communities and specifically communities of color.Presently, Amani works as an academic advisor for the federally funded TRIO McNair scholars program at the University of Minnesota, where he helps to further McNair’s mission to increase graduate application, matriculation, and degree attainment of students traditionally underrepresented in graduate school.
Outside of his academic and professional pursuits, Amani enjoys spending his time reading history and traveling to understand the global impact of racism and the pathway to antiracism.