Sarah Sakha ’18, of Phoenix, Arizona, graduated from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, in June 2018 and received certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Values and Public Life. She grew up speaking Farsi and English, has attained proficiency in Spanish and elementary proficiency in Arabic and is currently studying Arabic.
During summer 2015, she interned with the Survivors of Torture program at the International Rescue Committee, where she helped refugees navigate all aspects of the resettlement process, including employment, housing, education, health services and cultural integration. As an undergraduate, Sakha was involved with Breakout Princeton, having co-led an alternative break trip to Detroit/Dearborn, Michigan to learn about refugee resettlement in the U.S. She was also a Fields Center diversity peer educator, co-chair of the Mental Health Initiative Board, editor for The Daily Princetonian and Princeton Progressive and was heavily involved with student activist groups. In 2017, Sakha received an R. W. van de Veld Award from the Woodrow Wilson School for outstanding junior independent work and in 2018, a Donald E Stokes Dean’s Prize for extraordinary leadership and significant contributions to the Undergraduate Program and to the Woodrow Wilson School. Sakha is the Class of 2017 Dean’s Scholar in the Nation’s Service. Her summer 2017 SINSI internship was with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the State Department