let me introduce myself.

updated: April 2020


My name is Isabel Panno Shepard, but I'm also iz, biz, izzy, bugaboo, bugs, isa, iso, and more. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I was born on April 30th, 1998 in Pound Ridge, New York, a small town that's neither the city nor upstate. I'm three years younger than my sister and three older than my brother. I'm a soon-to-be graduate of Duke University and not quite sure where I'm going. I built this website in HTML5, CSS, and Javascript as an introduction to me and my work. Two things that are only sometimes the same.

I don't believe in horoscopes, but I do believe in aliens. I've gone to the hospital for a nail in my foot and a bug in my ear. I've never had shrimp, but if you ask me, I'm positive I don't like it. I only like movie theaters in the hypothetical, but I love tootsie pops in all cases. I put ice in my milk and cereal on my ice cream. I'm unabashedly a cat person, and I'll tell you why you should be too.

My favorite space on campus is the Rubenstein archives, where history is fragile, delicate, and I touch it with my hands. I like to play in the intersection of the mundane and exceptional, and cultural anthropology allows me to. Riot grrrl zines, Cuban posters, college bedrooms, Britney Spears, and even flight attendants are only some of the topics upon which I've found my mind to dwell.

Below is one dimension of Isabel Panno Shepard: a version of me written in numbers and quick bullets. Head over to "writing." or "media." after, and perhaps you'll find some of my other parts.

- me

email: ipannoshepard@gmail.com

Download resume here.


Duke University   |   Class of 2020 Summa Cum Laude with Distinction

Durham, NC

Major in Cultural Anthropology   |   Certificate in Human Rights

GPA: 3.96   |   ACT: 36/36

Awards & Honors

  1. Phi Beta Kappa   |   May 2020
  2. Judith McDade Award in Anthropology   |   April 2020
  3. ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference   |   Selected Speaker   |   March 2020
  4. AAHVS Department   |   Exhibited Photographer   |   Fall 2019

Semesters Abroad

  1. University of Havana, Cuba   |   Fall 2018
  2. Guanajuato, Mexico   |   Summer 2017

Fox Lane High School   |   2016

Bedford, NY

GPA: 95.41 Unweighted   |   Class Rank: 1st Decile

Awards & Honors

  1. High Honor Roll   |   2012 - 2016
  2. National Honor Society   |   2015 - 2016
  3. National Society of High School Scholars   |   2015 - 2016
  4. National Latin Exam Magna Cum Laude   |   2015   |   Summa Cum Laude   |   2014
  5. Mathematics Association of America AMC-12 Award   |   2015
  6. Rochester Institute of Techonology Creativity and Innovation Award   |   2015
  7. AP Scholar with Honor   |   2015



Boston, MA

Communications Intern   |   Jun. 2020 - Present

  1. Support internal and external communications for an international human rights non-profit working to end gender-based violence and female genital cutting (FGC) through policy, storytelling, and participatory media
  2. Compose media analytical reports on audience engagement with Sahiyo’s “Voices to End FGM/C” storytelling project
  3. Assist in scheduling, event planning, and the implementation of the communications development plan

Thompson Writing Program

Durham, NC

Embedded Writing Consultant   |   Aug. 2017 - May 2020

As the designated writing resource for 6 courses, I facilitated one-on-one, group-based, and class-wide writing workshops for over 70 undergraduate and graduate students.

  1. Spring 2020 - Imagining Human Rights (CULANTH290S) & Engineering Design and Communication (EGR101)
  2. Fall 2019 - Engineering Design and Communication (EGR101)
  3. Spring 2019 - Urban Economics (ECON345)
  4. Spring 2018 - Honors Thesis Workshop in Art History (ARTHIST495)
  5. Fall 2017 - Neuroscience and the Law (WRIT101)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, D.c.

Interpretation Intern, Education Department   |   Summer 2019

  1. Researched and created wall graphics, maps, videos, and textual resources to facilitate audience engagement with exhibits and art pieces
  2. Designed a “card game” to create interactive learning and dialogue across all ages for an upcoming special exhibit
  3. Conducted over 20 hours of audience research and assembled relevant data to understand individual engagement, learning, and impact


Planned Parenthood Generation Action

President   |   Aug. 2019 - May 2020

  1. Coordinated over 40 members and multiple project committees to create on-campus sexual health events and resources
  2. Monitored legislative changes and public dialogues on sexual health policy and reproductive rights
  3. Collaborated with PASH Duke, Duke Wellness, and EmpowerHerVoice on Title X and STI-awareness activations

Founding VP of Public Media   |   Jan. 2017 - May 2018

  1. Created social media content and campaigns to advocate intersectional women’s health policy, rights, and activism
  2. Collaborated with PPGADuke president to conceive and design new initiatives, including a weekly newsletter on relevant local, regional, national, and international sexual health news

CHANCE Tutoring

President   |   Jan. 2019 - May 2020

  1. Led a weekly collaborative tutoring program bringing together 40 Duke students and 40 local middle- and high-schoolers for enrichment in Math, Spanish, English, Writing, ACT, and more
  2. Coordinate and oversee the responsibilities and action items for members of the executive board
  3. Reformed current safety procedures and instituted new security policies to ensure the wellbeing of all students

Secretary   |   Aug. 2017 - May 2018

  1. Tracked attendance of ~30 tutors and ~40 tutees to ensure accurate reporting and effective teacher-student matching
  2. Collected and processed necessary documentation to ensure all tutors were legally eligible to work with minors

Public Relations   |   Jan. 2017 - May 2017

  1. Created advertising materials to attract more tutors and local attendees
  2. Communicated with local schools to increase CHANCE's visibility and provide information on CHANCE as a resource

Tutor   |   Sept. 2016 - May 2020

  1. Tutored a group of ~40 local middle & high school students in Math, Spanish, English, and Writing for two hours per week

Duke TriDelta Sorority

Founding Diversity Chair   |   Jan. 2018 - May 2020

  1. Curated weekly programming to center the experiences, art, and activism of marginalized peoples, communities, and cultures
  2. Organized capstone events educating and mobilizing 130 members on issues centering on identity, power, and privilege
  3. Advised the President and Executive Board on inclusive reforms and matters relating to race, gender, sexuality, and more

Philanthropy Sophomore Chair   |   Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2017

  1. Collaborated with Senior Chair to plan 4 fundraising events for St. Jude’s Hospital


Languages & Skills

  • Spanish - Near Fluency
  • Ethnography
  • HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Yoga (RYT-200 Certified Instructor)

Other Involvements

  • EmpowerHerVoice x Duke   |   Speaker   |   Spring 2018
  • DukeImmerse Rights & Idenities in the Americas   |   Selected Participant   |   Fall 2017
  • Duke's Annual Writing Conference   |   Presenter: "Neologism and Descriptivisim"   |   Spring 2017