Sara Burke '19

Sara Burke is an International Political Economy major and Asian Studies minor from Westfield, Massachusetts. Sara was nominated and chosen as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.  In addition to playing on the Women's lacrosse team, Sara was a participant in Puget Sound's Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program, a year-long study abroad experience that involves immersive experiences in several Asian countries.  As a PacRim student, Sara conducted research about the economic roles that women play in preserving and maintaining traditional food markets in Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and India. Sara also served as a Food Security Intern at Rosie's Place, a women's homeless shelter in Boston, where she helped run the food pantry, start a community garden, and coordinate with farms and donors to collect food.  In her thesis, Demystifying Poverty and Tourism: Looking into Pro-Poor Tourism in India, Sara examined the relationship between poverty and tourism in India by examining pro-poor initiatives meant to enhance benefits for poor communities.