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 freshmen and transfer students, guided new students on tours of their schedules, and developed programming for transfer students to get to know each other. After a few years, we were able to work with the district of education in order to develop district-wide mentorship pairing programs, where students could be matched with upperclassmen to guide them through their educational journey. Through this, we were able to help hundreds of kids find their place within the school community.

Outside of school, I’ve also worked to break down barriers and assist younger students as well. As a mentor for CoderGals, I worked at weekly workshops to teach a group of 12 elementary aged girls how to code, develop apps, and build websites. Instead of introducing them to new people and clubs like I do with Let’s Chat, I introduce them to inspiring women in STEM and new programming languages. In this way, I help them immerse themselves in a typically male-dominated field, working to build their confidence and skills as young women in STEM.

At Duke, I’m continuing to pursue my love for STEM and exploring my passion for business. I was a member of the Modeling in Economic and Social Sciences FOCUS Program, and am also involved with TAMID Group, Duke Business Oriented Women, and DSP. I hope to work in finance or technology and help create a more inclusive space for innovative women in these fields.

I’m so excited to join a group of inspiring women, fearless leaders, and astounding trailblazers, and I can’t wait to be part of the Baldwin family!