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#RiseUpReachBack - As the first in her family to attend college in the United States, Lutfah Subair, a senior at Princeton University, is always reaching back. The eldest of five, she said that many first generation college students, like her, are not aware of the resources available to help guide you through the college application process so it’s really important to have some to guide you. She credits her BwC Legacy Network mentor and the Oliver Scholars Program with encouraging her to apply to Ivy League schools and helping her complete the applications. With the outbreak of COVID-19, Lutfah knew she needed to find a way to rise up and reach back to the communities that were hurting the most. “I found an internship at the Ida B. Wells Data Lab Mutual Aid Team.” Lutfah helped create tools and resources to support communities working to set up mutual aid* groups, with focus on the Black, trans population. Lutfah’s personal journey and her experiences dealing with the pandemic have shifted her vision of her future. To learn more check out Lutfah’s story on our website. *Mutual aid is a form of community-based crisis-response where volunteers coordinate various forms of support for those in need such as food assistance, medical and child care. #RiseUpReachBack #bwclegacy #firstgeneration #rolemodel #bethechange #princeton #mutualaid
Luftah's Story Continued...
Yet Luftah said that since she’s been in college she’s become more aware of different career options. During the college application process, Lutfah was skeptical when Janine, her BwC Legacy Network mentor, suggested she explore public policy and international affairs.
Through another internship she had this summer, Lutfah explored the role the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) played in how online learning platforms collected and monetized student data. Lutfah said that through these experiences she has learned how data collection is inherently biased. She is considering going to law school and possibly pursuing a PhD in statistics or data analysis.