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Sydney Roberts

Duke University

Political Science


Sydney Roberts, who identifies as queer and non-binary, grew up in a conservative town in Oregon. In high school, Sydney was active in many community service organizations including serving as President of the Key Club and National Honor Society, working closely with the Corvallis PFLAG as well as the Portland Q Center. In addition, Sydney was the Director of LGBTQIA+ Projects/Co-Founder of the West Albany Feminist Collective, as well as an active member of the school's Speech and Debate program, Youth and Government Legislative Assembly, and cross-country team. Elected the ALA Girls Nation President, Sydney also served as an intern for the Sara Gelser for State Senate campaign, and began writing a monthly column in the local newspaper on current events in 2014; all platforms used to advocate for the rights of the queer community. In the summer of 2013, Sydney worked as a Bio-based Nanotechnology intern at Oregon State University and advocated for creating a more LGBTQIA+ friendly environment in the science community. As an activist for trans and non-binary visibility in the mainstream LGBTQ rights movement, mental health awareness, and intersectional feminism, Sydney's long-term career goals include opening a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth and working as a union defense attorney.

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