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Sabrina Minhas L’22

Sabrina Minhas’s lifelong commitment to social justice was inspired by her background as the daughter of working-class, Indian immigrants. As an undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago, Sabrina used her leadership positions as a Resident Assistant, President of Loyola Feminist Forum, and President of Economics Forum to promote advocacy among her peers. After receiving the Johnson Research Fellowship to pursue interdisciplinary research related to social justice, Sabrina conducted her first independent research project examining the degree to which local nonprofits in Chicago served the needs of minority women. Sabrina was part of the 1 percent of her graduating class inducted into the Maroon & Gold Honors Society for her commitment to leadership, academic excellence, and service to others. Ultimately, Sabrina graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in in economics and a BA in political science, and was awarded the Damen Student Award by her peers for embodying Jesuit ideals.

After graduation, Sabrina spent three years working in economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where she co-authored papers about the payments market, financial inclusion, and gender bias in data. Sabrina received a Performance Excellence Award from the bank for her commitment to conducting high-quality, policy-oriented research. Outside of work, Sabrina shifted her focus to providing direct services to vulnerable members of the Kansas City community as the teacher of a citizenship class for local immigrants and refugees through Mission Adelante, and a court advocate for survivors of domestic violence in Johnson County District Court.

Sabrina is eager to continue pursuing social justice as a JD candidate at Penn Law. As a 1L, Sabrina is on the board of the American Constitution Society and the Penn Law Immigrants’ Rights Project. In the future, she hopes to continue directly serving immigrant communities and contribute to systemic change through consumer finance regulation.