Hey Everybody! My name is Lauren Relaford and I am so delighted to be a Baldwin Scholar. I am from Glen Allen, Virginia (right outside of Richmond) and am happy to call Duke home. I have been surrounded by powerful women and through the Baldwin family I hope to continue that. The saying, “it takes a village” has always guided me and rung true.

At Duke I am involved in Duke Chorale, United in Praise gospel choir, am on the executive board for Black Women’s Union, and participate in Black Student Alliance activities. Being involved in activities that affect various aspects of my life has allowed my identity to blossom.

In the future, I hope to work within education, law, or politics. I am currently pursuing a double major in psychology and public policy or political science (haven’t decided) with a minor in education! Again, I am so thankful to be accepted into this family and can’t wait for what the future holds! I strive to “lead with love,” in everything that I do!