A Kenyan student from Maryland has been invited to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Trump before Congress.
Naomi Mburu, a student at the University of Maryland- Baltimore County is attending the event as a guest of Senator Ben Cardin.
In November last year, Ms Mburu named a Rhodes Scholar by The Rhodes Trust, and received a two year scholarship for postgraduate study at Oxford University in England.
She is chemical engineering and is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Kenya.
Last summer, Mburu spent her time in Geneva, Switzerland at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. She also interned at Intel.
She is also a peer mentor for UMBC freshmen and sophomores pursuing chemical engineering and physics, and volunteers weekly with high school girls on STEM-related research projects.
“I am proud to bring this exceptional daughter of immigrants to our Nation’s Capitol for this special event,” Cardin said in a statement. “Ms. Mburu personifies the diverse future of this country and what can be achieved through hard work, dedication and a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.”
At UMBC, she has held the position of president and pre-college initiative chair of the university’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.
As customary, many lawmakers invite their guests to prove a point to the President and this year is no different.
A number of Democratic lawmakers are inviting young immigrants to the House gallery overlooking the President.
Other lawmakers who invited these young immigrants include Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer and will use the occasion to put a face on an immigration debate that is dominating Congress’s attention.