Marquise Johnson is a committed second-year student at GS, specializing in Political Science and Human Rights. As a determined nontraditional, first-generation college student, he brings a distinct and valuable perspective to his role on the General Studies Student Council. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, he actively engages in teen advocacy groups, working tirelessly to combat alcohol and drug abuse in his community. Prior to his academic endeavors, Marquise served in the U.S. Army, undertaking several senior positions, including those of a litigation paralegal, senior criminal law paralegal, and senior criminal defense paralegal.
Driven by a profound ambition to pursue a Juris Doctorate upon completion of his studies at Columbia GS, Marquise is fervently dedicated to championing civil rights, human rights, and prison reform. Beyond his academic and professional commitments, he finds solace in exploring new destinations, skydiving, and indulging in canoeing. He is deeply honored to serve as a member of the General Studies Student Council and remains steadfast in his commitment to contributing meaningfully to the progression and enhancement of the GS and Columbia University communities.