Markus Reneau (SM’19) is an African-American Studies Major from New Orleans, Louisiana. His research interests include the effects history has had on modern society and how these manifests themselves in policy created. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling, watching African-American cinema classics, and cooking with New Orleans seasoning.
Since the spring semester of 2016, Reneau has tutored and mentored two New Haven students with Yale’s Urban Improvement Corps. In addition, since the fall semester of 2016 Reneau has tutored and volunteered with New Haven Reads, which aims to increase community literacy.
Since the summer of 2014, Reneau has worked as a teaching fellow with Breakthrough New Orleans where he taught 6th and 9th grade Writing and Literature to students from public schools in the area. As a product of the program himself, the experience was invaluable as it gave him the opportunity to continue the program’s goal of providing dedicated, but underserved students with college-oriented summer enrichment, allowing him to encourage children from his community to aim higher than they are expected to, using himself as an example.