Scholar Class – 2013
As a Tucson, Arizona native, Megan feels very fortunate that she was able to be surrounded by the richness and beauty of Mexican culture along the Mexican-American border from a young age. When she was 17 her mother died from breast cancer, and she decided to major in Spanish and Biology at Duke University, with dreams of advocating as a physician for the Latino community that opened her worldview to such a greater perspective. At Duke, her passion to advocate for minorities intertwined uniquely with her own life when she realized that she identified as a lesbian woman. Yet she could see that at Duke there was not an affirming environment for the almost entirely closeted LGBTQ women's population. With an incredible team of editors and student support, she spearhead Duke's first publication for LGBTQ women and their allies; after a year of hard work "WOMYN" magazine was born with their first issue of over 50 pages and 40 submissions. At the Release Party for WOMYN, their initial goal finally materialized; over 70 people attended, and the majority present were LGBTQ women.
Megan has pursued her commitment to LGBTQ and minority advocacy by working at Mautner Project: the National Lesbian Healthcare Organization, Duke’s Gender Violence Prevention-Intervention Task Force as a student member, NYU/Bellevue’s Survivors of Torture with LGBTQ refugees, and with the Institute for Family Health as a bilingual Diabetes Health Coach in a FQHC in the Bronx, New York. Megan is also passionate about confronting racism and white privilege; she was a member of Duke’s Native American Student Alliance, Black Student Alliance and accepted a Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico City to learn more first-hand about Mexican culture. With Fulbright, Megan lived in Mexico City for a year teaching at la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and is forever grateful for this life-changing experience to learn from an incredibly rich country and culture.
Megan is excited to pursue her dream to advocate for marginalized communities as a pro-bono physician, particularly for LGBTQ individuals, people of color, women, international and Spanish-speaking patients, and to advocate for these communities nationally, internationally, within the clinic, and on a policy level.