My name is Prachi Jhawar! I am an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, D.C. studying Political Science & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As a student of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, I will graduate with a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.
At my high school in Massachusetts, I successfully fought for free menstrual health resources in the women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms. Through my school’s Human Rights Club, I raised hundreds of dollars for Doctors without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, and the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project. Additionally, along with three of my friends, I founded and implemented a school-wide Diversity Day at my high school to combat racism and antisemitism in my town.
My passion for the advocacy of marginalized groups is what led me to D.C. These experiences pushed me to want to pursue a career that can improve the lives of our country’s children. Preventing the trafficking of women and children is crucial to ensure equality for all, and I want to be a part of that fight.
Currently, I am heavily involved on campus. As the Digital Design and Strategy Chair for AU’s South Asian Student Association, I create graphics and manage two social media accounts. I served as the Communications Director for Students to End Abortion Stigma and am now the Community Engagement Director. In addition to those roles, I am the Inclusion Coordinator for the SPA Leadership Program and a Peer Facilitator (Teaching Assistant) for the AU Experience Program. The other organizations that I’m a part of Iota Iota Iota, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Honors Society, and the Sigma Kappa Sorority. I enjoy being a member of each of these organizations and appreciate all that these communities have given to me.
In addition to politics, human rights, and campus involvement, I’m a lover of garlic naan, calligraphy, and Adobe Photoshop. In my free time, you can find me drinking hot chocolate at coffee shops, doodling on my iPad on the Quad, or eating falafel in Georgetown!