Senior Sarah Brown awarded ReachOut Fellowship for public service

March 23, 2023

Anthropology senior Sarah Brown is the recipient of the Reach Out Domestic Fellowship, an alumni-funded effort that supports year-long public service projects after graduation.

Brown will return to NYC Health and Hospitals’ Institute for Diseases and Disaster Management, where she has previously interned. She will help to develop and strengthen preparedness initiatives related to climate change hazards, including extreme storms, heightened pathogen spread and heat waves.

“In considering how to spend my time after graduation, I wanted a job in which my efforts will be able to make meaningful change,” Brown said. “The ReachOut Fellowship will allow me to devote time to an important project. I believe that climate change will be the largest force in the production of inequality — both globally and locally. While at first, I struggled with how to choose a career that engages with such a large and seemingly delayed challenge, I found myself drawn to the direct, people-focused work: medical preparedness.”

While assisting residents of Staten Island who had been affected by Hurricane Sandy with her youth group in 2012, Brown first became aware of the compounding risks associated with intensified weather events, underserved populations and lack of preparedness in the context of New York City. This experience planted the seeds for her ReachOut fellowship project and her ultimate goal to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

Brown is from Ipswich, Massachusetts, and is majoring in anthropology and pursuing a certificate in environmental studies.

She is a recipient of Princeton’s Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, was an Outdoor Action student leader, and has worked with the Religion and Forced Migration Initiative’s Princeton Asylum Project. She is also a member of the Princeton Running Club and Princeton Environmental Activist Coalition, among other activities.