PROJECTS

Dalia Dichter (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major, pursuing the Child Policy Research and Policy Journalism/Media Studies certificates. She is originally from Los Angeles, California. On campus, she has served as a senator on Duke Student Government, an executive board member for Women in Politics, and as the Director of Communications for the Public Policy Major Students Union. Additionally, she is working on a research project with a Public Policy professor focusing on Hispanic student integration in North Carolina high schools. Last summer, she worked on a presidential campaign in New Hampshire. She plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy and then work in politics or on the Hill.2020.

Thea Dowrich (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major, with a double minor in Chemistry and Statistical Science. She is originally from Bridgetown, Barbados and previously lived in Connecticut before relocating to Tokyo, Japan. At Duke, she is a camp counselor through Duke’s chapter of Camp Kesem, a teaching assistant in the Statistical Science department and volunteers at StepUp Durham, off campus. Thea also participated in a Bass Connections project about expressive writing for resilience. This summer, she is interning at Civis Analytics as an Applied Data Scientist on their Government team.2020.

Nadia Innab (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major, with a minor in Statistical Science. She is originally from Los Angeles, California. On campus, she is involved in Greek Life’s Sexual Assault Prevention Team, serves as VP: Panhellenic for her sorority, and is a member of Duke Students Against Gender Violence and Women in Politics. Nadia also participates in the Duke Puppy Kindergarten, housing a service dog in training three times a week. This summer, she hopes to use her knowledge of gender violence prevention and policy during an internship. After college, she hopes to work in policy and eventually attend law school.2020.

Maya King (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major, with a double minor in Education and Spanish. She is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and plans to attend law school after graduation. During the Fall 2019 semester, Maya studied Spanish language and culture in Madrid, Spain. Back on campus, Maya is involved in Duke Student Government, the President’s Council on Black Affairs, and Duke Partners for Success. Maya’s specific political interests are education policy and minority access to the political process.2020.

Anna Klingensmith (class 2021) is a Public Policy and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies double major with a concentration in Arabic. Anna grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but has identified as a blue devil all her life. She is passionate about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and U.S. security policy, especially countering violent extremism efforts and international diplomacy. On campus, Anna is a member of Illyria and enjoys volunteering for INJAZ, tutoring Arabic speaking refugees in Durham. She is a member of the Women in Politics Club, and the Duke Association for the Middle East. Anna enjoys studying abroad, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. She spent the summer of 2018 participating in the Duke in the Arab World program in Morocco, and in summer 2019 she won a Critical Language Scholarship award to study Arabic in Oman. In fall of 2019 she studied the geopolitics of the Middle East in Amman, Jordan, through the School for International Training.2020.

Erin Lee (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major who plans to attend law school. At Duke, she is the co-director of MeToo Monologues 2019-2020 and an executive board member of the Duke Swing Dance Performance Club. She is also a part of the Bass Connections project SALUD (Scholar Academy for Leaders United for Diversity) where she works with Latinx youth pursuing post-secondary education and health-related careers. During the summer of 2019, she participated in DukeEngage South Korea, teaching English to multicultural students and North Korean youth in Seoul. After graduation, she hopes to return to Georgia where her family lives.2020.

Catherine Martinez (class of 2021) is a double major in Public Policy and International Comparative Studies with a certificate in Markets and Management. She is originally from Miami and plans to attend graduate school to continue her studies in public policy. On campus, she is part of the Penny Pilgrim George Women’s Leadership Initiative, political chair for Mi Gente (Duke’s Latinx Student Association), chief administrative officer for Latinx Business Association, and academic chair for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority. Catherine also helped lead the Center for Race Relation’s annual Common Ground retreat, centered on dialogue and perspective taking regarding privilege and marginalization within race, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexual orientation.2020.

Sydney McKinney (class of 2021) is double majoring in Public Policy and German. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and plans to either pursue a career on the Hill or attend Law School. On campus, she has served as a student journalist for the Duke Reporters’ Lab, a member of the Club Soccer team, Political Action Committee Chair of the Duke NAACP, and Team Leader for Duke Community Consulting. Last summer, she worked as a Sales and Trading Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. King spent the fall 2019 semester studying abroad in Berlin.2020.

Julianna Rennie (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major who is also pursuing certificates in Policy Journalism and Media Studies and Sustainability. She is originally from Charlotte, N.C., and is interested in environmental justice. She is a reporter for PolitiFact North Carolina and the student editor of the 9th Street Journal, a class-run publication that covers local news in Durham. She also works at the Duke Campus Farm and leads hiking and camping trips for students through Outing Club.2020.

Asael Salinas (class of 2021) is a Public Policy and International Comparative Studies double major, with a minor in Mandarin. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., he plans to attend graduate school after working in the public sector for a few years. On campus, he is the president of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, an executive board member of Duke Splash, and a member of LangDorm. Asael also is part of the Duke Equestrian team and a research assistant for Efficacy of the DCCS Program: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families. This summer, he is interested in interning in Washington D.C. with an education policy organization.2020.

James (Jimmy) Toscano (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major with a minor in Economics. He is originally from Orlando, Florida and is considering the Peace Corps and/or graduate school after graduation. On campus, he is a research and teaching assistant in the Duke Center for International Development and a member of the advisory council for Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy. He spent the past semester in Glasgow, Scotland studying British Politics and the European Union.2020.

Ellie Winslow (class of 2021) is a Public Policy Studies major, with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio. At Duke, Ellie is a member of the Varsity Swimming & Diving team and represents the Duke Athletic department in the Duke and Atlantic Coast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committees. Ellie is also the Leadership Chair for Duke's Alpha Delta Pi sorority. This year, she is involved in a Bass Connections project called "NC Early Childhood Action Plan," where she is co-developing a study to investigate the link between early childhood social and emotional well-being and academic outcomes over time with members of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.2020.