2018-2019 CSW Scholars

WomenNC is pleased in honor of its 10th anniversary to announce the 2018-2019 cohort of 10 passionate, powerful local college and university students who will take part in the Juanita M. Bryant UN CSW Leadership Training Program. The 2018-2019 CSW Scholars hail from Bennett College, Duke University, NC State University, and UNC Chapel Hill. Encouraging young leaders to join us in our work, WomenNC’s CSW Student Leadership Program is a unique opportunity for students to research a specific issue facing women in a particular North Carolina community and develop specific policy recommendations to improve the current conditions.

Students will present their findings to audiences at the local level in North Carolina at WomenNC’s 10th Annual Local-to-Global Forum on February 28, 2019 (save the date; more details to come) and at the global level at the United Nations Annual CSW Conference in New York in March 2019. Results of student research policy projects form a foundation for gender analysis component of CEDAW initiative in North Carolina cities and counties. In collaboration with the Durham County Women’s Commission, Durham Mayor’s Council for Women, and the Wake County Commission for Women, student research reports will be used to educate local government and advocate for policy change and budget allocation.

Patience Mukurazhizha Bowora – Bennett College
A junior Social Work major, Patience has a great passion for helping people especially the disadvantaged, including women, children, handicapped persons, and new immigrants. She believes that if she can change one person’s life, the world would be a better place.

Alexis Nicole Branch – Bennett College
Alexis Branch is a Senior Political Science major with a minor in Global Studies at Bennett College. She hails from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She currently serves as the Student Government Association President for the 2018-2019 school year. She has also served as the Vice-President for the Bennett College Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She has held a number of internships including at the Departments of Health and Human Services and Transportation, and currently at the National Institutes of Health.

Africa Coardes – Bennett College
Africa Coardes is a junior social work major from Columbia, SC.  She currently holds a perfect 4.0 GPA and serves as president of the Student Christian Fellowship, Vice-President of Bennett’s NAACP chapter, and Executive Secretary of the Student Government Association. After she obtains her BSW degree she plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work, specializing in clinical mental health.

Zybrea Moné Knight – Bennett College
Zybrea is a Sophomore, Psychology major from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Wherever God leads me in life, I will go.

Aravia Patterson – Bennett College
Aravia Patterson, senior at Bennett College double majoring in Africana Women’s Studies and Biology. After graduating from Bennett, she plans on attending graduate school for her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology.

Amy Jiang – Duke University
Amy Jiang is a Duke junior studying public policy, and she is interested in using an interdisciplinary approach toward addressing the lack of women, especially women of color, in STEM jobs. In her free time, she goes on runs around her university and mentors middle school students.

Amelia Steinbach – Duke University
Amelia Steinbach is a sophomore at Duke University from Durham, NC, studying Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in the political realm, advocating for the rights of historically disadvantaged and marginalized groups.

Sara Darwish – NC State University
Sara Darwish is junior at North Carolina State University majoring in social work and Arabic. Having grown up in Cairo, Egypt, she is currently researching accessibility to feminine hygiene products in educational settings. 

Jada Hester – NC State University
Jada Hester is a junior Park Scholarship recipient and University Honors student at North Carolina State University; double majoring in Business Administration and International Studies (with concentrations in Marketing and Global Relations, respectively). When she is not conducting research, she enjoys giving tours as a University Ambassador, traveling abroad, reading and spending time with her friends and family. 

Kaitlin Galindo – UNC Chapel Hill
Kaitlin is a junior Public Policy and Political Science double major at UNC-Chapel Hill who enjoys knitting, playing rugby, and deconstructing structural inequality. Kaitlin is studying the status of immigrant women in the Triangle.

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