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Women & Natural Hair

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By Sacred B. Huff  During my first year of law school, I wore weave the entire year. Not once did I ever wear my natural hair. The reason why was simple: I had grown to believe that, as a black woman, my natural kinky hair was “unkempt” and “unprofessional.” I even felt less beautiful whenever I didn’t wear weave. Fast…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Shivangi Bhatia

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Shivangi Bhatia was an Undergraduate Public Service Scholar in 2016, when was a Research intern for EMILY’s List, a political action committee that raises money for Democratic, Pro-Choice female candidates. Where are you from? Cleveland, Ohio.  Where did you go to school? What did you study? I graduated in December 2017 from Washington University in St. Louis where I majored in Political Science…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Lizzy Wicks

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Lizzy Wicks was a STEM Scholar in 2016 when she interned at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.   Where are you from? Ocean Springs, MS Where did you go to school? What did you study? I attended The University of Mississippi and studied International Studies and French, with a minor in Chemistry and an emphasis in pre-medicine. What was the…

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Women & Intern Advice

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  By Anna Foster If one place was awarded the title of the City of Interns, I’m positive it would be Washington, DC. Since moving here, I myself have had four internships! Every year thousands of young people flock to DC hoping to explore their interests, gain experience, and expand their network of professional connections, for which there is hardly…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Mannal Haddad

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Mannal Haddad was an Undergraduate Public Service Scholar in 2017 when she interned for the Office of Representative Salud Carbajal at the U.S. House of Representatives.  Where are you from? Redondo Beach, CA Where did you go to school? What did you study? I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication at the University of California Santa Barbara. I…

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Women & Motherhood

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Michelle Williams is a 2016 Graduate Public Service Scholar, healthcare analyst, and mother of two. This month we talked to Michelle about motherhood, work, and taking risks. Happy Mother’s Day! Making A Change Prior to pursuing a career in healthcare informatics, Michelle was a news reporter. Her passion for healthcare inspired her to become a doctor, but after several detours…

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Women & Money

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By Mary Bruce I adopted a dog today. I hadn’t planned on it. But my husband and I stopped at the local SPCA and, well, this pup chose me. And I’m smitten. I named her Nalu (Hawaiian for “wave”). In my new-dog-mom excitement, I went to the nearest big box store to get The Necessary Supplies: Dog bed. Dog bowls….

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Felicia Reyes

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Felicia Reyes was an Undergraduate Public Service Scholar in 2016, when she interned with the Children’s Defense Fund. Where are you from? Los Angeles, California Where did you go to school? What did you study? I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California where I studied American studies & ethnicity. What was the best part of your internship? I…

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Women & Puerto Rico

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by Racquel Sohasky Six months ago, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a near Category 5 storm, lashing the island with wind and rain for over 30 hours. The effects were widespread and catastrophic, wiping out electricity and running water across the entire island. This destruction would incapacitate for any town, state, or country, but it was devastating for Puerto…

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