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47 People Arrested in Massive Drug Sweep The headline caught myeye but it was the content that shocked me the most I recognized thenames and faces of the accused mostly males mostly black and many ofthem Haitian like myself Some lived in my apartment building some rodethe bus with me and others sat next to me in grade school Some of themwere responsible for assaulting me in seventh grade because I reported acrime to the police Escaping this community was the first of manychallenges I faced in pursuit of my legal career With each challengeIve learned and accomplished something new and different that remindsme of the importance of diversity and inclusion to success As the child of a single mother my family had few resources but weshared a commitment to education creativity and perseverance Takingthese values to heart I began researching a path to college and to lawschool at the age of 16 Thinking that my background was a barriercollege admission I pursued a variety of experiences to expand mydiversity profile beyond the reaches of my neighborhood By the age of18 I was a New York State Scholar Athlete a saxophone-playing extra inthe movie The Manchurian Candidate and the recipient of a JohnHopkins Talent Search Merit Award The value of my uniqueness becameclear after I was accepted to NYU and I began my journey to law schoolDuring my sophomore year of college I was diagnosed with a pituitarybrain tumor I thought it was the end of my college career and myposition as an RA Having a supportive an inclusive community of RAcolleagues and a supervisor who reminded me of my unique talents andskills made a difference in my self-perception I ended up remaining anRA for four years By the age of 24 I completed a dual degree obtainedmy first byline and became vice-chair of NYUs Student Senate where Irepresented 20000 graduate students in Abu Dhabi Diversity began anempowering part of who I was and who
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