Salwa Daouk

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School or University/College
Vanderbilt University
Grade or Year in School
First year
Place(s) you call home
Nashville, my local coffee shop, and my grandmother’s house in Mexico
What song can you not stop listening to right now?
Woman by Doja Cat

What is a quote or saying you live by?

“Shine on, fight for others, and let the haters stay mad” – AOC

Why did you apply to become a League Leader?

I applied to become a League Leader because I care deeply about issues that affect my community. I wanted to learn as much as possible about education inequality and what I can do to help as a current student that is living and operating under an educational institution.

What education policy or justice issue do you care about most and why?

As someone who is majoring in history, I care about the way history is recounted. I care about who decides which textbooks are used and what is allowed to be taught (ex. Critical Race Theory). I think that the narrative taught in schools is crucial in undoing the hatred and discrimination deeply imbedded in our systems. It is important that we tell history in an honest way that helps us heal and move forward as a country.

What is your superpower?

My superpower is being able to stay positive and optimistic regardless of the challenges I am presented with. I am resilient and can endure any difficulty that I am presented with!

Why did you choose your selected imagery to represent your superhero?

I tried to incorporate both of my Mexican and Lebanese cultures into my costume as you can see with the different styles, it is something I think makes me unique and I am very proud of.

What qualities do you admire in a leader?

I admire a leader that can be outspoken, bold, ambitious but can also listen, be kind, and merciful.

Why should students join the EmpowerED Network?

Students should join the EmpowerED Network because it is filled with amazing supportive people and will help you gain confidence in knowledge when it comes to leadership.