Nidhi Patel, a second-year student at Harvard University, is a committed advocate for the under-served. As a volunteer at Y2Y, an entirely student-run homeless shelter, she aids in preparing and serving evening meals for homeless youth and assists with maintaining a clean and safe living environment for these guests. At the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), she serves as a big sibling for refugee and immigrant children in Dorchester, MA and in Harvard Model Congress, she is a senior staffer for the Governmental Affairs committee, where she facilitates debates about subjects such as increasing broadband infrastructure access for rural communities with high school students from all over the United States. Outside of Harvard, she has interned with Saheli, a women's nonprofit organization in Boston that serves domestic violence victims, where she has conducted research on the financial, social and emotional pressures that South Asian women and their children face as a result of abuse and has advocated for interventions like the implementation of culturally-sensitive mental health services to counteract these struggles.
I have always believed in the power of individuals to come together and enact real change and I’m excited to belong to a community of civic leaders. Particularly, I am passionate about policy work related to education and healthcare access for vulnerable populations in the US and abroad, which is a precedent for sustainable social and economic progress. I have gotten the chance to work on these issues through several experiences. Last summer, I was a legislative intern for Senator Booker’s Washington D.C. office. I am also involved with several initiatives on campus, such as Harvard Model Congress and Harvard Global Education Movement. I hope to continue to engage with these issues during the rest of time in college and in a future career.