Elizabeth Barahona is a first-year doctoral student in history at Northwestern University. A native of Orlando, Florida, she attended Duke University in North Carolina and studied the borderlands, Latinx History, and Human Rights. At Duke, Elizabeth spent time aiding immigrant human rights organizations in Tucson, Arizona and she was instrumental in changing the university policy to accept undocumented students and create a Latinx center at Duke. Elizabeth’s senior thesis, “The History of Latinx Students at Duke University,” investigates how Latinx students racially identified themselves since their arrival at Duke in 1926 and how the Duke University administration identified them at a time when Duke felt encapsulated in a Black/White racial paradigm. Elizabeth spends her time providing college and scholarship workshops to students of color and mentoring undocumented undergraduates.
Updated May 2019