My name is Lauren Wein, but almost everyone has called me Lulu for as long as I can remember. I am so honored and excited to be part of the Baldwin Class of 2021!

I grew up in Westchester, New York, a suburb just forty minutes outside of Manhattan. I attended Solomon Schechter, an egalitarian Jewish Day School, for 13 years, an experience that had a tremendous impact in shaping who I am today in my sense of Jewish identity and self-confidence. In addition to dedicating almost half of every school day to Jewish studies and the Hebrew language, my school facilitated dialogues and experiences beyond the classroom setting. including a culminating journey to Poland and Israel, where we walked in the shoes of our relatives through the concentration camps of the Holocaust and emerged with a deeper appreciation for our heritage. I was encouraged to apply what I learned to make an impact on the community through service and leadership, and I am eager to continue to do so in my time at Duke.

As the introverted youngest of four children in my noisy family, I love observing the paths of my incredible older siblings and parents. Though our interests are varied, they have inspired me to work toward solidifying who I am and what I hope to accomplish. My passion for the sciences and helping others have led me to pursue the pre-med track at Duke, however my time at Duke thus far has sparked new interests I never would have expected. I am currently undeclared, exploring areas such as education, psychology, and global health. I look forward to seeing what other passions will emerge for me over the course of the next few years!

Outside of the classroom, I am a member of Duke’s club squash team, and I tutor at a local elementary school. I am involved in the Educational Outreach committee for the WISER club, which is a club dedicated to sexual health and women’s education.  

The Baldwin Scholars program offers the unparalleled opportunity to be empowered and empower others as part of a diverse community centered around our identity as women. I yearn to push myself through this community to develop the skills and confidence to facilitate change in the greater communities of Duke and the world beyond. Since entering the program just a few weeks ago, I’ve already seen how supportive, warm, and fun the Baldwin community is, and I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone and making lifelong friends!