Julianna Tesfu was born in San Diego, California and became a resident of Washington State at age eight. She is currently a freshman at the University of Washington and is planning on majoring in social welfare with a minor in African American studies. Julianna hopes to get a master’s degree in social welfare and work with refugee-torn families. Her inspiration comes from her parents who themselves were refugees who fled from Ethiopia and requested political asylum in the United States. Julianna is interested in expanding her cultural knowledge and looks forward to one day being able to spread that knowledge to others.