Dual BA Program Student to Pursue Career Defending Human Rights at Harvard Law School

Annie Whitney, a student in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, will continue her education at Harvard Law School after taking some time off to gain work experience.

September 13, 2018

Whitney’s interest in law school developed during her first two years in the Dual BA Program with Sciences Po, where she studied on the Menton campus, located on the French-Italian border. She describes witnessing firsthand the dire circumstances faced by asylum seekers crossing the border, and feeling a deep sense of injustice at the fact that as an American passport holder, she could easily move overseas when others could not.

Since then, she has been deeply involved in immigration issues, volunteering with the Red Cross at a migrant camp in France, and this past summer, working with the International Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Summer Academy in New York City, which focuses on teaching English literacy, math, and learning skills to newly-arrived refugees, asylees, and other vulnerable immigrant youth.

Whitney is now a senior in the Dual BA Program, and will graduate this May with a degree in human rights. She is currently applying to be a Fulbright Scholar, and is considering Americorps.

“Take advantage of the graduate school support that GS offers—they’re the ones with good advice, especially the Grad School Coaching Series run by Dean Tiffany Decker. It’s all thanks to her that I was able to navigate the law school application process,” Whitney said.