Jewish Life at Duke Student Spotlight: Rachel Shapiro, T'19

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Rachel Shapiro, T'19

Tell us a something about yourself and why you chose to attend Duke.

I chose to attend Duke because I felt that it was the perfect combination of rigorous academics, interesting people, and school spirit. 4 years later having majored in computer science and pursued a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, I can confidently say the academics were RIGOROUS, the people were the highlight of my Duke experience, and I am most definitely #ForeverDuke.

What are you involved with on campus and most passionate about?
On campus, I am a member of the Duke Student Alumni Board (DSAB), which is comprised of students from all different schools at Duke. We serve as student ambassadors for the Duke Alumni Association and meet biweekly to provide insights into student life as well as advice and feedback about new and existing programs for student and alumni engagement. I have really enjoyed being part of DSAB because it has allowed me to gain a new perspective into what it means to be an active alumna and help promote ways in which students can better engage with alumni during their Duke careers. Additionally, I have been involved in Business Oriented Women and a researcher for Bass Connections.
Tell us about your role as president of Challah for Hunger, your proudest accomplishments, and why it is so important to you.

Challah for Hunger has allowed me to stay connected to the Jewish community at Duke while taking action against hunger. As a 4 year member and this year’s co-president, I am very proud of our chapter’s significant growth over those years. The enthusiasm and love our members bring to every bake combined with their dedication to service is what makes Challah for Hunger so rewarding.

How has Jewish Life at Duke impacted your experience at Duke?
Jewish Life at Duke gave me an instant community when I first started at Duke and has continued to be a large part of my identity on campus. I know that whenever I attend a JLD event or stop by the Freeman Center, I will be welcomed with open arms and supported. I am proud to call JLD my home on campus.