Lucy Sternbach is from Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended a large, diverse public school called Cambridge Rindge and Latin. While she lives with her older twin brothers and her father in the city, she often visits her mother who recently moved to the coast of Maine. During high school, her interest in the education system began with the Cambridge School Committee and her involvement as Rindge’s Student Representative, this interest continued through a social justice internship in Boston. She worked closely with both the administration, teachers, and other students to address the district-wide achievement gap — the projects mainly focused around storytelling and student-led research. In addition to babysitting and tutoring students in high school, Lucy lived with a severely disabled sister for sixteen years of her life, which provoked a curiosity about the power of patience and compassion.
In high school, Lucy played soccer, basketball, and ran track. Aside from her athletic involvement, she volunteered at the Cambridge School of Volunteers before and after school, worked as a director to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in Cambridge, and ran a Best Buddies program at her school to integrate students with special needs into the student body.
Lucy hopes to major in Global Affairs and is interested in pursuing a career as either a domestic or international human rights lawyer. She is excited for the opportunity to engage in one-to-one interactions with students in New Haven through UIC and hopes to further explore positive reform in the broken education system that leaves many students behind.