Natalie Harder is a sophomore at American University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies and a Community-Based Research Certificate. On campus, she is involved with the student media publication AWOL (specializing in short documentaries), AU College Democrats, and AU’s School of Public Affairs Leadership Program as the Communications Coordinator. In the fall, Natalie was also a teaching assistant for SPA’s Dean Saul Newman’s Comparative Politics class.
Natalie was also selected to be a member of the Community-Based Research Scholars, School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, and the Early Identification Program at American University. With the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, Natalie is researching how schools and communities can support student immigrants to help bridge achievement gaps and education debts.
Over this past summer, Natalie interned for the Anti-Defamation League and for the field and digital departments on the Kennedy for Massachusetts campaign. She spent the fall working as a digital and field fellow for the Yes on 2- Rank Choice Voting campaign in Massachusetts.
Before attending American University, Natalie took a gap year. During her gap year she served as the Assistant Field Director for Representative Joe Kennedy III from Massachusetts and as a Political Affairs, Training, and Operations intern for the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
Natalie hopes to continue to work towards a more equitable, progressive, and inclusive world through organizing and activism. Whether working for the government, non-profits, law, media organizations, or jobs she couldn’t even imagine, she welcomes any opportunity to do her part in making the world a better place.