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Brittany Hesbrook


Brittany Hesbrook

Hello! I am Brittany Sunka Nicha Hoksi Hesbrook, from Santa Fe New Mexico…or the Land of Enchantment as I make sure everyone knows! Although I love New Mexico and consider myself a fierce New Mexican, I also consider myself a “World Citizen” attended an international boarding school called the United World College of the American West (UWC-USA) in Montezuma, New Mexico. At UWC- USA, I went to school with 200 students from about 90 different countries and through my peers and teachers, I was able to experience many different cultures, languages, religions, and traditions. It changed my outlook from local to global. This outlook was nurtured by Duke through my academic interests as a Political Science Major and the Global Health certificate.

Having graduated in 2010, I can say that the Duke experience was extraordinary from the start! My freshman year, I participated in the Duke Global Health FOCUS program and traveled to Costa Rica with a group of students and professors to study their universal health care system. The summer after my freshman year, I went to Tanzania and Kenya with the Duke Engage program. I lived in Moshi, Tanzania where I worked with street children and did research on gender and drug abuse amongst street children.

My sophomore year, with the support of the Baldwin scholars program and with other Baldwins, I began work on a paper about the Portrayal of Female Presidential Candidates in the media, specifically Carol Moseley Braun and Hillary Clinton. Our paper was accepted to the "Women as Global Leaders" conference in Dubai and we were able to travel to the U.A.E to present our paper on a panel as well as to hear key note speakers Jane Fonda, the Duchess Sarah Ferguson, Carol Bellamy, and her highness Sheikha Manal bint Rashid Al Maktoum.

The summer between sophomore and junior year, I did an internship in South Africa with the Duke Global Health Institute and the University of the Western Cape. I worked in Khayelitsha, a township outside of Cape Town, on issues of nutrition and disease with a health club in the community.

My junior year, I studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt at the American University in Cairo for the first semester and returned back to Duke to be a Resident Assistant in 2009.

The summer between my junior and senior year, with funding from the Baldwin scholars, I spent it in the Land of Enchantment working as an intern for former Senator Jeff Bingaman in his Santa Fe office.

My senior year, I served as the Chair of the Baldwin scholars program and found it incredibly rewarding to spend so much time with the women of the Baldwin Scholars and to forward our mission on campus. I am most proud of beginning the "Women at Duke" week and helping to make the Native American Student Alliance Powwow an annual tradition!

In 2011, I entered law school at the University of New Mexico and I am pursuing the Indian Law certificate.

I also am currently practicing and competing in Shotokan Karate. I am a second degree black belt and going on my 13th year of practice. 

I would love to answer any questions about the Baldwin Scholars program or anything else about Duke! Please feel free to contact me!