Monday, July 2, 2018 - 1:15pm

Vineet Raman of Marietta is among the young Indian Americans recently named to the Washington Leadership Program class of 2018:

The WLP is a non-profit that seeks to develop the next generation of American leadership from the South Asian community. The nine scholars will be placed in congressional offices for an eight-week summer internship accompanied by a structured leadership curriculum.

“We are excited to welcome the WLP Class of 2018, a group of talented and brilliant young South Asians who are ready to create positive change for their communities,” the program said in a statement.

Among the new cohort are Aastha Jha, Akshayaa Chittibabu, Anmol Nagar, Arjun Ramani, Moushmi Patil, Navya Kumar, Shivank Singh and Vineet Raman. Zoha Qureshi, who will be in California Congressman Ro Khanna’s office, was also named to the class.

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Raman, who like Chittibabu will work in the Department of Health and Human Services, is a rising senior and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholar from Marietta, Ga., majoring in biology, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and Spanish at the University of Georgia.

He is passionate about marginalized populations and the power of research to unearth inequities. He plans to pursue degrees in medicine and public health to simultaneously serve disadvantaged populations and remove systematic barriers to healthcare, his bio said.

Congratulations to Raman, his family, and his professors in the three Franklin College majors on this important honor and leadership training opportunity. The next generation of leaders are lifting off from the UGA campus.