Meet the Fellows

Rainee Konda

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Rainee, a native of Andhra Pradesh, experienced her early years in the vibrant and captivating state of South India. However, at the age of 4, her family made a brave decision to move to the United States in pursuit of opportunities and the fabled American Dream. As she grew older, Rainee faced a unique and challenging struggle that affected her mental health: while her friends started to work and embark on their career journeys, she couldn't do the same due to the lack of work authorization resulting from her immigration status. This restriction created a significant barrier, leaving her feeling left behind and discouraged. Despite facing challenges with an immigration status that separated her from numerous opportunities, she has remained committed to persevering in both her education and her personal life. Most importantly, she is on a heartfelt mission to give back to the vulnerable immigrant community.

As a pre-law student at the University of San Francisco, Rainee gets to explore the exciting and colorful city while chasing her dreams of becoming a lawyer. She is actively involved around campus, serving on the executive board for The Women’s Pre-Law Society, and holding the position of president of the Supporting Immigrants and Refugees Club. Outside of the university, she contributes her time to non-profits like The Hidden Dream, which aims to uplift individuals affected by the broken immigration system.

Rainee's passion for giving back to the immigrant community drives her determination to become a lawyer. She recognizes the pressing issues and challenges faced by immigrants within the broken system and understands that legal advocacy and support are crucial resources. In her free time, Rainee enjoys reading poetry, spending time with friends and family, and exploring all the different restaurants and sight-seeing places in San Francisco.

Rainee was matched with Oasis Legal Services for her DreamSF Fellowship placement. Oasis provides legal immigration services to under-represented and low income communities, specifically LGBTQ+ immigrants. Rainee will be working in the residency and naturalization programs, assisting with administrative research projects, policy, and advocacy. She is eager to learn and grow, all while giving back to the community.