Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Makara Poy

SHE-CAN Scholar: Makara Poy

Makara Poy is a senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Government and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the second SHE-CAN scholar to win the fully-funded King Scholarship. Starting from her first year at Dartmouth, Makara has worked as Student Advisory Board for Sexual Violence Prevention Project (SVPP). Through this initiative, she was able to conduct student interviews and offer suggestions for improving the required sexual violence classes for all Dartmouth undergraduates. She was also selected as a Great Issues Scholar, where she explored international security, health, and environment issues with other students, academics, and specialists. She was awarded the Sophomore Research Scholarship in the summer of 2021, and she conducted research with a professor on menstruation health in Cambodia.

Beginning in her sophomore year, Makara continued to work with the SVPP and was involved in a Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault (SPCSA). She collaborated closely with the administration and teachers at SPCSA to promote programs combating sexual violence on campus. As a War & Peace Fellow, she learned about and discussed war and peace-related problems with other students, faculty members, specialists, activists, authors, and journalists. She also employed these abilities as a counselor at the Seeds of Peace Summer Camp.

Before joining SHE-CAN, she attended nine Model United Nations (MUN) conferences in Cambodia and Vietnam as a delegate, chair (student officer), and assistant advisor. Additionally, Makara has held two summits on gender and LGBTQ+ issues in Cambodia, bringing together students from provinces and the capital city for debates on equality, social and cultural norms, and violence. She hopes that these summits would motivate young people to combat gender inequity and effect positive change in their communities. Makara was invited to a roundtable conversation with senior executives of the U.S. Embassy to discuss consent and strategies to respond to and prevent gender-based violence because of her knowledge and passion for gender justice. During her final year of high school, she interned in communication at PACT’s WE Act Cambodia, a program that promotes and encourages women entrepreneurs. Regardless of her location, Makara aspires to continue advocating for female equality and worldwide development.

Makara Poy Dartmouth College SHE-CAN scholar

Academic Major

Government, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Class of 2024

Mentor Team

Nisha Krishnaiah, Owner, Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley
Karen Lee, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Mercer Advisors
Maryann LoRusso, Freelance Writer and Editor
Dina Morell, Child Life Services Volunteer, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Mission Bay
Christine Wan, Director of Analyst Relations, Oracle Corporation
Stefani Wedl, MD, Executive VP, Pacific Inpatient Medical Group