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47 People Arrested in Massive Drug Sweep The headline caught myeye but the content caught my heart The names and faces were familiarmostly male mostly young and mostly Haitian like myself Some lived inmy apartment building rode the bus with me and were grade-schoolclassmates Some of them were responsible for assaulting me in seventhgrade because I reported a crime to the police Surviving this communitywas the first of many challenges I faced in pursuit of my legal careerWith each challenge Ive learned and accomplished something differentthat proves the importance of diversity and inclusion to success Being a single-parent household my family had few resources but weshared a deep commitment to education creativity and perseveranceTaking these values to heart I began researching a path to college andlaw school at the age of 16 Believing that my background was a barrierto attending college I pursued a variety of opportunities to expand myhorizons By the age of 18 I was a New York State Scholar Athlete asaxophone-playing extra in Jonathan Demmes The ManchurianCandidate and the recipient of a John Hopkins Talent Search MeritAward The value of my unique experiences became clear after I wasaccepted to NYU During my sophomore year of college an MRI scan revealed that I had apituitary brain tumor It could have been the end of my college careerand my position as an RA A supportive and inclusive community of RAcolleagues and supervisors reminded me of my unique talents and skillsTheir support gave me courage to continue fighting By the age of 24 Icompleted a dual degree obtained my first byline and became vice-chairof NYUs Student Senate where I represented 40000 students in AbuDhabi Diversity set me on a path that enhanced and distinguished who Iwas and who I would become as a future lawyerI would contribute to Milbanks diversity objectives by organizing andsupporting initiatives targeted to the long- and short-term needs ofassociate diversity At the start of law school my mothers divorceresulted in an
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