While working toward her undergraduate and coterminal master’s degrees in electrical engineering, Liana Keesing helped to invigorate and reimagine civic engagement at Stanford. Some of her efforts include running voter turnout and participation initiatives with StanfordVotes and Democracy Day. Most recently, she has been working for the U.S. Senate Committee for Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on AI policy, an area she hopes to work in after graduating from Stanford in June. 

Keesing was also captain of the women’s fencing team and is a cello player and dancer. In 2022, she received a Truman Scholarship, which provides support to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. What has made her experience at Stanford so special, she says, is being surrounded by people who want to make a difference in the world.