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Cairo Lawrence

Cairo is a junior, originally from a suburb outside of Chicago. She is pursuing a progressive masters degree in public policy. She was the 2020 Chief Executive Officer of USC’s Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. She said that for her the most important part of being a Theta is personal and community growth - becoming a part of a community of strong and supportive women who push her to grow as a leader and as a person. Cairo has been continuously working within Theta and with Panhellenic to enact long term inclusionary practices within Greek Life at USC to make sure there is more diversity in the community.

She described her leadership style as “leading a herd from the inside.” Meaning that during her time as Theta’s CEO she had to be in charge of everyone but was still a part of the organization herself she said that her role essentially meant being a friend to everyone in her house.

The legacy she wants to leave in Theta is “making sure it is a welcoming environment for all, not just the one.” Some fun facts about her is that she was a kid scientist on the David Letterman Show and her favorite spot on campus are the window seats on the third floor of the Ronald Campus Tutor Center. Her advice for anyone considering rushing is to go for it and own your space- “any house would be lucky to have you”. If it is something that interests you, you shouldn’t allow the perceptions you may have of Greek Life stop you from trying! We cannot wait to see all that Cairo does in her future endeavors. Her advice to future Trojans is : “Look into the resources and opportunities available to you on campus and open yourself to becoming involved. However, also focus on self care and realize that you cannot serve others until you have served yourself.”

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