Class of 2025
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Academic Interests: Public Policy, Global Health, Human Rights
Hobbies: Outside of the classroom, I enjoy expressing myself through singing and accompanying my vocals with piano, engaging with organizations motivated by social justice and gender-focused activism, and simply engaging in meaningful late-night conversations with my peers.
What initially drew me to Duke was its combination of interdisciplinary offerings in global health, public policy, and gender studies; field research opportunities; and commitment to experiential learning. Through my active engagement in causes within and outside of school, I am deeply committed to the active dismantling of systems of gender and racial inequity. As the founder of a Girl Up chapter at my high school, I organized efforts to fund girls' education in Peace Island, Liberia, lobby Congress to pass the Keeping Girls in School Act, and demand accountability from local officials for increased judicial protection for cases of gender-based violence. In addition, through my role as the student representative for my school's gifted education program (TAG), I witnessed a myriad of structural inequities in public education, a policy area that I hope to continue exploring at Duke. Through the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship, this extraordinary opportunity will enable me to pursue global health research, continuing my research on community health workers in Liberia, and conducting special projects with the guidance of exceptional mentors. Most importantly, the A.B. Duke Program encapsulates a vibrant, tight-knit community of scholars, mentors, and faculty, eager to learn from and support one another. While I have not yet explored all that Duke has to offer, I hope to become an engaged member of the Durham community and play for Duke's club soccer team.