Hi! My name is Daisy Almonte and I am proud to be a member of the Baldwin class of 2020!
I was born in Anaheim, California, but moved around a lot throughout the early years of my childhood. I lived in Guerrero, Mexico; Portland, Oregon; and Riverside, California before finally settling in eastern North Carolina when I was nine years old.
Growing up in a rural community influenced my involvement with agriculture, while attending various school districts has provided me with insight on educational discrepancies. I am a firm believer in the need to fight for a more just agricultural system that treats farmworkers with fairness and dignity, as well as the necessity for change in the approach to schooling, so that college may be more accessible for disadvantaged students. Moreover, I see no place in contemporary society for outdated gender stereotypes; every day I work to reevaluate my actions and break away from confines that seem to be predetermined for women.
I remember learning about the Baldwin Scholars Program from my adviser in high school and the thought of belonging to such a strong cohort of women being instrumental in my application to Duke. Getting accepted to Duke University and then becoming a Baldwin Scholar are things that I would have never imagined possible for myself a few years ago, and I plan to use these newfound platforms to raise awareness and fight for the issues that I am passionate about.
I look forward to engaging in thought-provoking discussions and learning from all of the other inspiring women that I am lucky to call my fellow scholars!