Tahlia Burton

Tahlia Burton is senior at Columbia University where she studies Political Science and Human Rights. She is also a staff writer for Task & Purpose, the Human Rights Advisor for The War Horse news and journalism community, and serves on the Columbia University Senate. Tahlia spent six years in the U.S. Air Force as a Chinese, French, and Pashto Cryptologic Language Analyst. She was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area for most of her career, where she served as a dual-language subject matter expert, translating enemy attack plans in order to safeguard the lives of coalition forces abroad. During her military service, Tahlia was named Airman of the Year at the squadron and group levels. In 2013 she received the Air Force Achievement Medal for intercepting and interpreting a time-sensitive enemy attack plan that safeguarded the lives of 75 Navy SEALs and other Special Forces operators. She hopes to help female and other minority service members & veterans who want to pursue their undergraduate education at a top-tier university.