Tselot Aklilu is a Fellow with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She also serves as a mentor in the Institute for East African (IEA) Councils on Higher Education, a DC-based nonprofit providing college access support to first-generation immigrant students of East African heritage. In this role, Aklilu works closely with high school seniors across the DC metro area and in Ethiopia to provide one-on-one guidance regarding college success and advise them in areas of professional development. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a college access coordinator and mentor for high schoolers at a community center in Pomona, CA. In this position, she designed annual curricula and facilitated weekly workshops to guide students of color from low-income families and first-generation students through the college application process. Aklilu received a B.A. in Politics and Africana Studies from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow.