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Sarai Chaidez

  • Gender: Female
  • Major: Political Science
  • University: Duke University
  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • State: California

What extracurriculars are you involved in?

Bench & Bar Pre-Law Society, Women in Politics, Duke LIFE (Low-Income, First-Generation Student Organization), First-Year Advisory Counselor (FAC) program mentor, For Love of Children (FLOC) mathematics tutor, New Voters College Mentor

What achievements, recognition, and/or awards have you received?

HSF Scholar, SCS Noonan Scholar, LSAC Pre-Law Focus: PLUS Webinar Series Participant, Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates – B.O.S.S. Program Participant

Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?

The college application process during my senior year of high school was one of the biggest hurdles I’ve had to overcome. I had a difficult time prioritizing my mental health over performing well in school, and this is something I still continuously work on!

What are your plans for the future?

At Duke University, I am currently pursuing a major in Political Science (BA), a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Ethics & Society. After graduation, I plan to pursue law school and fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. I hope to continuously empower those from underprivileged communities as I work toward a job sector that is not typically affiliated with women of color.

How has HSF helped you?

HSF has most significantly helped me by supporting me to continue my education through the HSF Scholarship Program. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be considered as a candidate for the scholarship and selected as an HSF Scholar. HSF has additionally provided me with encouragement and motivation to pursue my dreams regardless of any particular setbacks or circumstances. More specifically, I received lots of inspiration at the Youth Leadership Institute I attended at the University of Chicago in 2018.

What HSF Events have you attended?

2020 National Leadership Conference

2018 Youth Leadership Institute – The University of Chicago