Hi there! My name is Prachi Jhawar (she/her)! I recently graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In addition to graduating summa cum laude, I also received Undergraduate Certificates in Advanced Leadership Studies and Women, Policy, and Political Leadership.
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 DC. These experiences pushed me to want to pursue a career that can improve the lives of some of the most oppressed individuals: women of color. I hope to pursue a field in reproductive justice policy that centers on the agency of women of color.
I was heavily involved on campus. During my senior year, I served as the President of AU’s Students to End Abortion Stigma club and as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Triota, AU’s WGSS Honors Society. I also served as a Senior Peer Facilitator for the American University Experience Program. Previously, I have served as the Digital Design Chair and Vice President of AU’s South Asian Student Association, the Communications Chair and Community Engagement Coordinator for Students to End Abortion Stigma, the Inclusion Coordinator for the SPA Leadership Program, and a Student Teacher for AU’s Students in the Capital Program. I cherish my time 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!