Daisy Torres is a member of the Class of 2022 from Queens, New York. She is excited to join the AAS Department and pursue the Race and Public Policy track. She entered Princeton intending to study at the School of Public and International Affairs, though eventually chose AAS for its dedication to fighting racial injustice on our campus and in our country. Growing up in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood, Daisy recognized the lack of inclusivity and equity in the education, employment, and health sectors of NYC.
While taking Professor Ruha Benjamin’s class, “Race is Socially Constructed, Now What?”, Daisy wrote her first paper on residential segregation and its detrimental effects on the NYC public education system. With her AAS degree, Daisy plans to advocate for the end of nationwide school policing.
Daisy is passionate about connecting low-income, Black and brown families in NYC to fair legal representation. She believes this starts with calling out policing institutions that prevent families from feeling safe in their neighborhoods.
At Princeton, she is a co-director for Princeton Students for Immigrant Empowerment, a SHARE Peer, and a former DDA (Difference and Dialogue in Action) Orientation Leader. Over the summer, Daisy was a Legislative Fellow at the Office of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As an Arthur J. Liman Public Interest Fellow, she interned with Safe Passage Project, a legal organization dedicated to representing refugee children in NYC. She has also interned with the ACLU’s National Prison Project, where she provided campaign and litigation support to incarcerated individuals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.