Each fall, 18 first-year students from the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering are selected to become the newest members of Duke University's Alice M. Baldwin Scholars women's leadership program.
This prestigious group was created in 2004 to inspire and support undergraduate students to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the Duke community and beyond.
As a Scholar, you'll network with distinguished faculty, connect with other female-identified students, intern in the field of your choice, and study in intimate seminars. This rigorous, four-year program will sharpen your thinking, raise your self-awareness and empower you to influence Duke's culture.
My name is Olwyn Bartis, and I am honored and elated to be a part of the Baldwin Class of 2023.
Although I was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, I have lived in Charlotte for most of my life- an opportunity that has provided me the insight to observe the individualized experiences of the plethora of people living here. While I didn’t necessarily grow up in the heart of nature, amongst forests of pine trees or along the coast of the ocean, living in an expanding city has allowed for me to notice and understand the variety of people that function here, without discounting their unique... Read More about Olwyn Bartis
Hi, I’m Chaya Brennan Agarwal and I could not be more honored to be part of the Baldwin Scholars Class of 2023!
I have bright red hair and pale skin, but I am biracial and I have connected to my Indian roots through an annual festival of South Asian arts that my parents co-founded before I was born. I grew up within a community of musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and other artists who demonstrated the power of activism through art. I witnessed how art could transcend any differences and learned the value of collaboration when organizing such a festival.
I am so lucky to have grown up in... Read More about Chaya Brennan Agarwal
I am so happy and grateful to be part of the Baldwin Scholars class of 2023!
My name is Arianna Buchanan and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. With Los Angeles being a diverse, multi-ethnic city, I am so thankful to have lived there for all my life and to call this city my home. Coming from a mixed heritage background, I was able to explore each of my different cultures within Los Angeles. My African-American, Japanese father left a small town to pursue a future more promising than the limited path presented to him. My mother immigrated from El Salvador to escape civil war,... Read More about Arianna Buchanan
Hey everyone! My name is Dominique Buford and I am so excited to join the Baldwin class of 2023 and to be a member of this incredible Baldwin family.
I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Dallas, Texas. I have lived there all my life, except for the one year I lived in Phoenix, Arizona from seven to eight years old. Growing up in Texas has been a huge part of my life and I love everything about my home: the people, the delicious barbeque and tex-mex, the many different cultures, the Texas State Fair, and the list goes on. In addition to the great state of Texas, my family is a... Read More about Dominique Buford
My name is Sarah Chang and I’m ecstatic to be apart of the Baldwin class of 2023. I’m excited to join such an incredibly close group of strong women.
I was born in Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love, which fits because I have three siblings. My siblings have helped develop me into who I am today, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be at Duke following my passions without them. My siblings have and continue to show me the importance of dreaming big and following your heart.
My parents have also instilled many important lessons in me. One of them was how a household can run... Read More about Sarah Chang
My name is Meghna Datta and while I lived in several states when I was younger, I consider the Midwest - specifically, Madison, Wisconsin - home, where I’ve lived for the past nine years. I’ve survived some of the worst winters in existence, but Madison is definitely one of my favorite cities in the whole world and I wouldn’t trade the snow days, lake sunsets, Culver’s, and Badger game day traffic for anything.
I am very close to my family, which consists of my parents and younger sister. Both my parents grew up in India, so my house is full of Indian food, clothes, languages, music, movies,... Read More about Meghna Datta
Hi! My name is Emma Frankstein, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Baldwin Class of 2023!
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and love spending time outdoors with my family, especially during the beautiful New England falls. Growing up, I was a synchronized figure skater, and have many of my fondest memories on the ice with my teammates.
After entering high school with some close upperclassmen friends and mentors, I sought to develop a similar network of mentors for other students in my school. I developed a club called Let’s Chat, where we organized orientations for... Read More about Emma Frankstein
Hi, my name is Amber Fu, and I am so excited and grateful to be a part of the Baldwin Class of 2023.
I was born and raised in Palo Alto, California, a suburb half an hour south of San Francisco. I grew up in a family of four, consisting of me and my mom, dad, and younger brother, Ethan. These people are the greatest influencers in my life. Originally from Taiwan, my parents inspire me to work hard and embrace change. As for Ethan, although he is four and a half years younger, he has a genuine kindness, displayed through his words, actions, and approach to life, that makes me strive to be a... Read More about Amber Fu
Having attended an all-girls school for 13 years seemed like more than enough. So I rejected immediately the suggestion of considering an all-girls college. Imagine my surprise when, after a few months at Duke, I gravitated with longing towards another all-female space. I’m incredibly humbled and excited to become part of the Baldwin community.
I was born and raised in New York City, which will forever remain an important part of my identity. I grew up having best friends in my apartment building, have mastered how to “subway surf,” and it’s difficult for me to fall asleep without sirens and... Read More about Lana Gesinsky
My name is Adela and I am thrilled to join Baldwin and become a part of our amazing and inspiring community.
I come from a uniquely political family in Henan, a populous inland province in China. I fully recognize the importance of female political participation and aspire to take up the family baton to effect more changes in China.
I would love to major in political science and pursue a civic engagement and social change certificate. At Duke, I participate in Taekwondo (love sparring and fighting!), Women in Politics, and Progress Period (menstrual-related advocate). As a Buddhist, I... Read More about Adela Guo
One of the first things people learn about me is my love of unnecessarily sweet tea and my will to go on an adventure (small or large). A trip to Walmart with friends is priceless to me, and I wouldn’t pass up the chance to spend time with valuable people.
Hi, y’all! My name is Hana Hendi, and I am so incredibly blessed and humbled to be part of a group of inspiring female-identifying students here at Duke. I’ve lived in Dallas, Texas my entire life surrounded by family, and I’m so incredibly proud of my hometown. From its horses to the excessive use of the word “y’all” to its obsession with... Read More about Hana Hendi
My name is Claire Kraemer and I am humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the Baldwin Class of 2023. Considering that I never anticipated to be a part of Duke's Class of 2023, I can't begin to articulate how ecstatic I am to be given the opportunity to be surrounded by such an engaged, intelligent, and enthusiastic group of women in this program.
I am originally from a one-square-mile town just outside of New York City called Bronxville, NY. There, I went to the same school for thirteen years that was just down the street from where I lived. I was heavily involved in my school, whether... Read More about Claire Kraemer
Hi! I’m Tina Machado and I am elated to be a member of the Baldwin Scholars class of 2023!
I am from Chicago, Illinois - well, not really from Chicago itself. I was born in Lake Forest, a suburb north of Chicago where I lived until I was about 10. I then moved to New Albany, a small town in central Ohio. After a few years, I moved back to my original home town, where my family still lives.
I grew up in a very full house with my amazing mom, dad, older sister, older brother and beloved kitty. I am very grateful to have such an incredible family with whom I am very close.
I was also lucky... Read More about Tina Machado
Hi! My name is Aaliyah McNeill (my middle name is seven letters too!)
My story begins in beautiful, suburban Charlotte, North Carolina. As a little girl, I loved the duality of being able to reimagine Bridge to Terabithia scenes in the forest beside my house and then riding into the city and marveling at buildings that stretched to the heavens. Much of this duality characterizes who I have grown to be. Although I am an introvert who cherishes a good read and the warmth of my favorite blanket, my career interests veer toward languages and cultures of international proportions.
From middle... Read More about Aaliyah McNeill
Earlier this month I took a quiz on Buzzfeed titled “This Soothing Quiz Will Tell You Which Tea You Are.” I am not particularly fond of tea, having grown up with a stereotypical Cuban affinity for coffee, but I wondered what this quiz could tell me about myself. I thought for sure that my answers to a couple of questions couldn’t reveal much about my personality. However, Buzzfeed surprised me. Turns out that I’m hibiscus tea. Here’s Buzzfeed’s reasoning:
“You’re a *lot*. But that’s not a bad thing! You’re unafraid to take up space and make your voice heard. You love being the center of... Read More about Mia Miranda
Whenever I am asked where I am from, I usually start by describing my ancestors’ various migrations from Ireland and Lithuania to South Africa and North America. I then elaborate on my immediate family, a household with four different accents, an Irish-Catholic American mother and a Jewish South African father. However, because my distinct British accent is generally the reason the person asks in the first place and to give them some peace of mind, I end with, “I am from London.” I have always loved my complex background, spending countless evenings making pasta with my Italian step-grandpa... Read More about Charlotte Navin-Weinstein
Hi! My name is Gloria Odenyo, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of Baldwin Scholars!
I have lived in Clinton, Maryland my entire life with my three sisters and two brothers. I have always seen my family as my greatest blessing and love when we are all together. My parents emigrated from Kenya before I was born, and I love traveling there to visit the rest of my huge family every few years.
I am very thankful to have grown up in supportive environments that enabled me to see my wildest dreams as attainable, and I am passionate about using my resources to fight gender inequality and... Read More about Gloria Odenyo
My name is McKenna Raley, and I am honored and grateful to be a part of the Baldwin Class of 2023. I have never been in a program specifically designed to help me develop alongside such strong and engaged women, so I plan to soak up every moment.
I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have strong roots there. Most of my extended family, closest friends, and mentors also live in Tulsa. As such, I think my long held concept of home as a concrete location originates from the fact that my favorite people all came from the same place. My time in college has challenged this notion and thus,... Read More about McKenna Raley