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Demonstrating her sustained interest in children’s issues, Meng Zhou interned with Mayor Tom Potter’s Office in Portland, Oregon after her junior year at Duke. She was instrumental in shepherding the city’s Children’s Bill of Rights through the adoption process. The Bill of Rights is unique in that it is the first Bill of Rights to be written by youth and adopted by an elected body, with more than 3000 youth contributing to the document.
Zhou graduated from Duke University in 2008 with a major in Public Policy and minors in Religion and Education. She was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Phi, and served on the executive board in multiple roles. She also participated in numerous community service activities and rose to the Head Tutor position with the America Reads and Counts program at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham. Zhou also represented the Baldwin Scholars on the planning committee for the LEAD conference, a leadership workshop for North Carolina college students, hosted at Duke in 2007.
Zhou has deferred her Teach for America position in San Francisco in order to work for a year.