Samantha is a disciple of Christ, a resident of sunny San Diego, CA, a member of the class of 2018, and a proud African American Studies major. Coming from a diverse environment, it had never occurred to her that racism was anything more than outright bigotry, or that systematic racial injustice actually had not ended with the Civil Rights Movement. Upon taking an AAS course on a whim her freshman fall, she was surprised at the richness of the subject matter—the dynamic social, historical, and political role the idea of race plays in this country. Her area of academic interest now focuses on studying the educational achievement gap in higher education between native-born Black Americans and Black immigrants. As she earns the certificate in Spanish, she also enjoys coursework in Latin American studies and Spanish language and style. Outside of the classroom, she challenges popular notions of race in a church setting, and engages in conversations about said notions in order to pursue racial reconciliation within the body of Christ. She serves as Co-chair of Princeton’s Alcohol Initiative Fund Board and as Student Coordinator of Butler/Wilson Dining Hall. She also currently serves as a Worship Team leader in Princeton Faith & Action. Her non-academic interests include reading C.S. Lewis, throwing dinner parties, watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, speaking Spanish, experiencing the pain of beauty, and spending long periods of time in the presence of her friends.
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