My name is Prachi Jhawar! 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. I am originally from Westford, Massachusetts. As a student of the AU School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, I will graduate with a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. My passion for the advocacy of marginalized populations led me to my political aspirations. Specifically, I have been involved in the political advocacy of women’s rights, immigrant rights, and rights for people of color.
In high school, I successfully fought for free menstrual health resources in the 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. Additionally, along with three of my friends, I founded and implemented a school-wide Diversity Day at my high school to combat racism and anti-semitism in my town.
I came to Washington, D.C. for college with plans to pursue a career in politics. However, after taking a course named Navigating Childhood, I have been inspired to go into child advocacy. I have always been passionate about advocating for the rights of underrepresented 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!