Name: Katerina "Kat" Duarte
Location: New York, NY
Hometown: South Amityville, NY
School: Cornell University
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.
Hobbies: Biking, yoga, reading, hiking, traveling, photography, visual arts
Living a life in which you leave behind a legacy of kindness and persistently trying to make a difference for a greater good is a fundamental belief I have held for my entire life. Upon entering Cornell University, it seemed apparent almost immediately that I would not be able to pursue a post-graduate path that was dedicated to service without sacrificing a career in a professional industry. After receiving a nomination from ServiceCorps to apply to become a ServiceCorps Term Fellow, I felt like I had truly found a solution to a problem that thousands of college students face during their senior years, not just myself. I want to be a ServiceCorps fellow, firstly, because I think that if you have the capabilities and the desire to leave behind a legacy of impact, you owe it to yourself to act upon that. Also, having the support of an organization that deeply wants you to take time to pursue a year of driving change instead of driving bottom line is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Katerina Duarte is a senior at Cornell University in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, triple minoring in Inequality Studies, The History of Art and Law & Society. She is currently a senior ILR Independent Research Fellow researching disparities in the American education system and intersectional feminism in Ivy League Environments.
Kat has spent the past three years interning in the fashion industry, for Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch and Gilt. She is incredibly excited to enter the financial services industry, gain a new skillset, and work alongside other intelligent and inspiring individuals within the Human Resources Analyst rotational program.
During Kat's four years at Cornell she has served as the President for Society for Women in Politics, a Peer Advisor for the ILR Career Services office, Vice President of Programming for the Panhellenic Executive Council and has served in multiple leadership roles within her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Kat has loved calling Ithaca her home, from volunteering at after school at nearby elementary schools to hiking and trail running through the local trails, but she is incredibly excited to move to New York City post graduation and see what the future holds.