Natine Macauley is from Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from American University in 2020 with honors in International Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies.
As an undergraduate, Natine was a member of Caribbean Circle, held several campus positions, and was a Resident Assistant. She is passionate about racial equity, women’s rights, diverse experiences of the African diaspora, and Black unity. She has also conducted research on race, art, and resistance in Havana, Cuba.
Natine is shaped by her experience studying abroad in Kenya as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar. She interned at the Talia Agler Girls’ Shelter where she planned programming, led empowerment classes, fundraised, and most importantly, mentored. Upon returning, she continued to mentor children through DC Reads, an organization dedicated to increasing literacy rates in our nation’s capital.
Throughout college and post-graduation, Natine actively gained legal experience. She interned at NT Lakis, a DC-based employment law firm as a seasonal intern for over 3 years. After graduating, she worked for Arnold & Porter in their DC office as a Legal Resource Assistant in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice area. Natine is interested in Intellectual Property Law focusing on trademark and copyright law.
Currently, Natine is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC), a student pro bono project that helps Philadelphians navigate the child custody system.
Natine, eager to meet new people, challenge herself in new ways, and explore Philadelphia, constantly expresses gratitude to the village that raised her. She expresses profound gratitude to the countless BLSA members who advocated for the creation of this scholarship and is honored to be a Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholar.