Duke University | Baldwin Scholars Program

Samantha Lachman


Samantha  Lachman

I was born in Vancouver, BC and grew up as both a Canadian and an American. My mom, a medical and health issues journalist from Saskatchewan, and my dad, a lawyer and musician from New York, provided me with a love for knowledge, a sense of curiosity, and a house full of newspapers, books and music.

The Baldwin Scholars program has done a fantastic job of connecting me to the wide range of opportunities at Duke, and has emboldened me to go after them. I applied to the program because it stressed female empowerment, faculty mentorship and leadership. However, what has become even more valuable is the group of 18 strong, self-aware and driven women who continuously challenge me on my Duke journey. These women have inspired me to discover my passions (it's an ongoing process) and realize what I care about. 

I'm a Political Science major completing the Policy Journalism and Media Studies certificate with a minor in English. I will serve as the President of the Duke University Debating Society (aka Duke Debate) my senior year. My ongoing bi-weekly column in the Duke Chronicle focuses on culture and politics, both at Duke and beyond. I also will be working in the Women's Center as a PR/Communications intern. 

The summer after freshmen year, I worked as an intern at a law firm in Vancouver, doing research for a class-action suit involving First Nations peoples and the Canadian federal government. The summer after sophomore year, I interned at the Canadian Embassy in D.C. in the Research and Academic Relations section of Public Affairs. I then studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which was an unbelievable experience, and hung out there with Women of the Wall. This summer I am interning at EMILY's List in D.C in their communications department. 

If you have any questions about the Baldwin program or about Duke in general, feel free to email me at samantha.lachman@duke.edu