Michael Paster

Graduate Assistant

Michael Paster (he/him/his) is a is a graduate assistant for the Evaluation Center and MSW student at Washington University in St. Louis. He supports Center projects with qualitative data collection and analysis, quantitative data visualization, and community engagement.

Michael graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelors, studying both Sociology and Education. There he worked under Undergraduate Admissions in the Community Engagement and Outreach unit, serving Black, Brown and Native populations through recruitment and retention initiatives. His interests include participatory action research, community-based interventions, and the mental health of college-age adults. At the Brown School, Michael’s interests align with macro and micro level Mental Health initiatives. He is also a graduate research assistant in the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Washington University in St. Louis.

He enjoys the historical Black culture of his home neighborhood, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, appreciates architecture and loves quality time with friends and family.