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August 18, 2019

Somehow, the final week of our WLP summer has come and gone. I won’t lie, part of me still feels like there’s an event somewhere I’ve just forgotten about. Just because it was our last week doesn’t mean we were let off the hook! We had three events this week; Dessert with Sam Arora and Aruna Miller, a roundtable with Vanita Gupta, and a farewell dinner.

Sam A...

August 11, 2019

With week seven having come to an end, it seems time has really flown by! Through the packed schedule this summer, our cohort was privileged enough to meet extraordinary members of the South Asian community who have forged their own paths and have generously shared what they have learned from their unique journeys. With all that we have learned and experienc...

August 4, 2019

While in the past five weeks I have absorbed an insurmountable amount of knowledge and second-hand wisdom, this particular question has become uncomfortably salient in my WLP journey. It’s a question I feel compelled to have an immediate answer to. Much to my chagrin, I don’t have an answer and likely won’t anytime soon.


I came into WLP hoping to solidify my...

July 24, 2019

This week was a whirlwind. While the entire program up to this point had been characterized by meetings with incredibly admirable and successful individuals from our community, none of the events quite pushed me to question my views or my career insights quite like this week. All my life, I felt like I had been surrounded by the same people with the same car...

July 16, 2019

 WLP 2019's Public Service Project @desigirlscount

When you think of the South Asian American identity, what comes to mind? Week 4 helped encapsulate the nuances of identity formation and the responsibilities that come with being a South Asian American in public service. 

For many of us, our identity as South Asian Americans is one that we wear proudly. A...

July 10, 2019

What’s your story? Most WLP events begin with some iteration of this question. It’s a smooth transition into the start of a panel. It’s a way to get to know the speakers better. It’s a neat summary of their (very impressive!) lives into several inspirational sentences.

What’s my story? I’ve always struggled with this question, but I think DC is starting to sh...

July 6, 2019

Speaking on behalf of the entire class of 2019 WLP Scholars this summer, weeks one and two of WLP succeeded in shocking, inspiring, and invigorating all of us. Orientation gave us a taste of the transformative summer to come. Passion and energy for WLP and its mission flowed through every single speaker and alumni that connected with us.  They shared fond me...

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