Rachael Smith

Harriet Newhall Fellow

Rachael Smith, class of 2015, majors in Politics and minors in Theatre Arts. In her senior thesis, she will be examining how city-wide politics affected access to AZT drugs during the 1980's HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. Outside of her studies, Rachael has worked as Vice President of the Class of 2015 (junior and senior year) and Social Chair for the Class of 2015 (sophomore year) as well as an Orientation Board Member for the 2014-2015 year and Orientation Leader during Fall 2012 and 2013. She also rowed her first year, sophomore year, and fall of junior year on the varsity crew team.  She has also been in actor in over ten Project: Theater productions.  Rachael interned for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders during the summer of 2014.  She mentioned, “my favorite thing about Mount Holyoke is the sense of possibility that its students carry. No matter what your goals or dreams are are, Mount Holyoke students have the resilience, passion, and drive to see them through.” After graduating, Rachael plans to take some time off and work as a legal assistant before attending law school and working as a civil rights attorney.