Ananda Birungi

Harvard University
Class of 2024

Advocating for global education access to empower communities.

Ananda is passionate about giving children around the world equal access to quality education and she takes pride in bringing people together. In what she has described as a dream come true, Ananda and her family moved to the United States from Uganda in 2016 and settled in Colorado. Although she was excited about the chance to receive a better education, she found herself struggling to fit in at school, which affected her confidence and willingness to meet new people. Over time, however, she learned to embrace her differences and that the true beauty in our society lies in our diversity.

During high school, she enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and served as her school’s student body vice president. She employed her passion for providing equal access to education to found a Girl Up chapter at her school, through which she fought for girls education globally by fundraising locally, advocating to lawmakers, and raising awareness about issues facing adolescent girls in developing countries like Uganda.

Leadership:

  • Student Body Vice President, Student Council
  • Chapter Founder & President, Girl Up
  • President and Founding Member, French National Honor Society & French Club
  • Vice President, Model UN
  • Chair of Legislative Relations, Colorado Youth Advisory Council