Lizzeth Alarcon, a native of Colombia who attended high school in Miami, aspires to work with Latino immigrant communities, specifically women and children. She graduated from Duke in 2012 with a chemistry degree and a global health certificate and is now in medical school. While at Duke, she served as co-president of Gente Aprendiendo para Nuevas Oportunidades, a student-run service organization that offers free English as a Second Language tutoring to members of Durham’s growing Latino community.
The summer before her senior year Alarcon was selected as one of seven summer research fellows for Duke’s Center for Civic Engagement. Her project focused on teenage reproductive health in the Nicaraguan migrant community of San Jose, Costa Rica. Partnering with Children without Borders, a nonprofit organization in the area, she assessed the needs of local young women and organized educational health workshops for them.