Spotlight

Suraiea Hussain
My name is Suraiea Hussain, a rising senior and double major in Human Resource Management and Communications. For Spring Break ’17, I had the honor of participating in an alternative spring break class in the Dominican Republic through the Center for Latino Arts and Culture. This was my first time in a country that was much different from my culture, and I was absolutely amazed. This experience was very valuable to me because I did not just spend my entire week on a resort like everyone else on spring break would do, but I actually got the opportunity to live and be immersed in different communities and cities within Dominican Republic. I witnessed social change in the way that the people... Continued
Rachelle Woodson
During this school year’s spring break, I had the opportunity to go abroad to the Dominican Republic, where I spent 9 days learning about the history and experiencing the culture of the island. I got accepted into the Alternative Spring Break delegation a month before the actual trip, so I had limited time to get enough funding. It was impossible for my family to fully fund the trip, so I seeked assistance from programs that I was involved in on campus. Luckily, Student Support Services was generous enough to cover all the expenses for the trip. Without SSS, I do not think it would have possible to attend this trip. Going abroad was important because I was given the opportunity to go... Continued
Lizcary Amarante
My experience in the Dominican Republic over Spring Break was one that I did not expect. I’m from the Dominican Republic, so growing up I spent basically every summer there. But over spring break, this experience was something I could never compare any of my summers to. Not only was I able to visit cities that I had never been to but I was able to make a difference. The areas I was exposed to really humbled me. Living with all this privilege makes you forget that there are people who have it much worse. There is only so much help you can offer in 9 days but this is an experience I will always carry with me, Not only because of the services I was able to provide but the friendships that I... Continued
Kierra Pean, SSS & Paul Robeson Scholar.
My name is Kierra Monique Pean and I am the daughter of two Haitian immigrant parents. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood and was in the Catholic school system for the entirety of my elementary, middle and high school careers. I was used to being one of the few, if not the only person of color in my classes. It was never something that bothered me, but I was aware that I was different from the majority of my school, and sometimes people found a need to make that painfully clear. I was often called an “Oreo” and any other name that conveyed surprise that I did not act like the stereotyped image that some people associate with black people. Of course I had experienced diversity... Continued
Meet Desai, SSS Scholar & Tutor
I am a junior, in the School of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I have a passion to learn about the practical applications of Computer Science and use my knowledge and experience to contribute the community. I am a tutor for Introduction to Computer Science (CS-111), Introduction to Computers and Applications (CS-110), and Calculus I (Math-135) at Student Support Services (SSS). I have also held the position of Database Management Intern at SSS during summer 2015. With the supervision and help of Mr. Moses Kim, I learned how to create web forms, and manage the database using the appropriate functions. It was a great learning experience which helped me to... Continued

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