School/Major: Tufts University/B.A. in Psychology and Community Health | Ethnicity: South Asian-American | Other Language(s): Hindi, Guajarti
What AAWPI means to me: I grew up in a predominantly white state, Rhode Island. I had never had an Asian-American community, let alone an Asian-American community of strong women around me. Not only did AAWPI and the fellowship program teach me how important it is to have these women around you, but it also provided me with a great community of peers and mentors who understand my struggles and experiences as an Asian American woman. This program is not just about learning about local politics, it is about creating a “girls' club” in the midst of the State House “white boys' club.” It is about educating Asian American women to go into politics and make a difference for their communities. It is about inspiring an Asian American identity and creating an activist mentality. That is exactly what this program has been about for me.
What I'm doing now: Litigation Paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison LLP
Placement: State Representative Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge),