Linda Nyakundi is leading the way for young girls and women as co-president of Girls United MN, a group that discusses pressing social issues and hosts community events to support and inspire young women. She originally joined the group to be part of something bigger than herself.
“Girls United was actually working to create change — not just sitting in a room and talking about it, which was very exciting and hard to resist,” she said.
Most recently, the group has been working to improve the Title IX sex discrimination protection system in Hopkins and other high schools in the Twin Cities area. In addition to her work with Girls United, Nyakundi acts as a Student Board Representative. Through her position with the Hopkins School Board, she voices student experiences and opinions to teachers, parents, and other adults in the District.
After high school, Nyakundi plans to study political science and government, but she is open to other fields of study.
Q: Why is Student Voice important?
It is important for students to be heard to create a more welcoming and healthy environment in our schools.
Q: What advice would you give your fellow scholars?
Take advantage of the opportunities that Hopkins offers! There are so many experiences and stories that are waiting to be made, but the first step is signing up and showing up!