Marcel Baugh, The College of Wooster

Featured Scholar

Summer 2011

A rising junior at The College of Wooster, Marcel Baugh has discovered a passion for juvenile justice and education policy and is diving in head first.

During his freshman year, Marcel was one of only 16 students accepted from over 100 applicants to the College’s competitive Inside/Outside criminology and deviance course, so called because the class is taught in the Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in Massilon, Ohio, where 16 Wooster students join 16 juvenile detainees who have earned their GED or high school equivalency and are looking for a path to college.

“This is the most incredible class I’ve ever taken,” says Marcel. “It really heightened my understanding of the fact that education is critical for everyone and fueled my passion to find unconventional ways to correct the wrongs in society.”

Marcel was so successful in the course and so inspired by it that he returned to the class the following year as its first teacher’s assistant.

“I really felt like these young men had the ability and the right to learn,” says Marcel. “I wanted to raise the bar for them, to encourage them to challenge themselves in a positive way and think about the next steps in their lives. As a teacher’s assistant, I took the lead on getting them college applications, financial aid forms and even recommendations from the professor. Almost immediately, many of them were accepted to college.”

An Africana studies major and dean’s list student, Marcel has taken his commitment to youth development beyond the classroom. He co-founded the campus organization Brothers of Diversity, which, in addition to providing academic and social support to first-year students at Wooster, mentors at-risk youth in the local community.

For three consecutive years, Marcel has interned with the City of Atlanta—this year in the solicitor general’s office—and has his sights set on Cambridge or Harvard Law School.

“No matter how big I think my idea is Posse always encourages me to dream bigger,” he says. “It really pushes me beyond the limits of what I think I’m capable of in a way that enhances my ability to trust myself and trust others.”