Hello! My name is Prachi Jhawar! I am originally from Westford, Massachusetts. Currently, I am an undergraduate student at American University who is studying Political Science and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Education. Since I am apart of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, I am also going to graduate with a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. All throughout my life, I’ve been passionate about advocacy for many groups. Specifically, I have been involved in the political advocacy of women’s rights, immigrant rights, and human rights in general.
In high school, I fought for free menstrual health resources to put in our women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms. Through the Human Rights Club, I raised hundreds of dollars for Doctors without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, and the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project. I also co-founded and implemented a school-wide Diversity Day at my high school to combat racism and anti-semitism in our town.
I came to Washington, D.C. for college with the intent of pursuing a career in politics. However, after taking a class called Navigating Childhood, I have been inspired to go into child advocacy. I have always been passionate about advocating for the rights of disadvantaged groups of people, and previously, I have worked with children from diverse backgrounds. Those experiences pushed me to pursue a career that can improve the lives of our country’s children. While I originally thought that becoming a politician would be the best way to do that, I realized that becoming a lawyer for underrepresented children may be the best way to create direct change.
My greatest strength is that I am a people person! I pride myself on my ability to engage other people and get others involved. I love interacting with others and making everyone feel welcomed and included in a space. As a first-year student at American University, I am excited to befriend others and create a warm and inclusive environment for all!