Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amal Elbakhar named Fellow in Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Amal El BakharCongratulations to Amal Elbakhar, co-President of Harvard Negotiators, who is one of 30 recipients selected to receive the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants.

The recipients, called “fellows,” were selected from a pool of 1,200 applicants for their potential to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field. They will each receive up to $90,000 in stipend and tuition support to pursue graduate studies at U.S. universities.

Elbakhar, whose family immigrated to New York City from Morocco when she was nine years old, was the first in her family to graduate from both high school and college. As a student at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY, she dedicated her free time to working in the Emergency Department at Bellevue Hospital and she also worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She wrote an award-winning honors thesis on Iran’s healthcare laws for women, and a second thesis on the current legal status of reproductive rights in the United States.

As a future lawyer-advocate, she hopes to represent individuals facing adversities while promoting the principles of civil rights that underlie our social infrastructure.

Read the full story at Harvard Law Today.