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Estefanie Aguilar Padilla

Sorenson Fellow, Policy Innovation


mail: estefanie.padilla[at]

Estefanie Aguilar Padilla is a Sorenson Impact Policy Fellow focusing on financial modeling. She is a fifth-year student at the University of Utah earning two degrees: B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Ethnic Studies.

Estefanie is committed to expanding access to higher education and she fulfills this through her role as Administrative Intern for the University of Utah Prison Education Project. As a McNair Scholar, Estefanie conducted a research project examining the use of prior criminal history questions on undergraduate admissions applications from post-secondary institutions that sponsor College-in-Prison programs. She will join the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison in the Spring of 2019 to further expand her research.

Currently, Estefanie is applying to graduate school where she hopes to pursue a PhD program.