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9 Embracing my diversity:
"I quickly came to realize we are all, unfortunately, defined and treated by how we look. -- Not for who we are. That’s how race is determined in America."
Empower a Girl. Empower the World.
Overcoming a developmental challenge to become valedictorian! An inspirational story!
Our second SPEAK Summit, a success once again! Read more about the diverse voices we heard from as well as the importance of accepting who we are.
An inspiring story that shows embracing the real you can be beneficial throughout parts of your life.
Welcome back! I trust you enjoyed reading our last issue on the value of relationships of all kinds. We’ve been lucky to have formed some new bonds ourselves these past few months. On April 13th, 2019, we held our second SPEAK Summit at Rise NYC in New York City. An incredible gathering of people allowed us to have important discussions around how we need to re-evaluate what success looks like and collectively speak up about our experiences and unite around our differences, for they are what make us unique and an asset to any environment.
Some important lessons we learned from the Summit were to accept who we are proudly so that others may find their own identity through us. Your identity is not something you have to ‘overcome’, and we must see our diversity as our asset. I encourage you to watch the inspirational 2019 Ted Talk by actress America Ferrera, titled ‘My identity is a superpower -- not an obstacle’.
Everyone gets ahead by finding their community of support, and we learned the importance of finding mentors, guides, sponsors and seeking opportunities through those networks. We must stand up against the injustices many from immigrant communities face, being socially excluded or only included as an example of efforts made towards diversity and inclusion, without appropriate efforts to facilitate integration. We see this when schools or workplaces celebrate one day as ‘Multicultural Day’, or a month dedicated to ‘Black History’, ‘Asian History’, ‘Women’ -- disregarding the distinct voices of each culture and each voice. The more we share our experiences, the clearer it will be to see a future where our leaders will begin to look like the people they represent. This issue will highlight perspectives from the Summit, and I hope you take away as many valuable reflections as I did! As always, thank you for your support!
~ Hetal Jani - Executive Director
An authentic story of a young girl who struggled with being multicultural, but learned to accept it.
A message from our founder
"Your identity is not something you have to ‘overcome’, and we must see our diversity as our asset."
embracing my diversity
Hi, everyone! I am especially excited about this issue because it shares the voices of many backgrounds and cultures. It is important that we unite and celebrate our differences because that is what makes us great. Hope you enjoy!
MESSAGE FROM CRISTAL - STUDENT EDITOR
Former mentee, Dema Alhuraibi, has graduated HS and is off to college after many accomplishments. Read about how she got her great success!
Thank You Note
2019 SPEAK Summit
accepting who i am
Ayala RIch (left) and Lylia Belbegra (left page, left in first picture)
All speaker bios are on the next pages.
A big thank you also to representatives from Rutgers University, Baruch College, and
High Water Women!
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strong candidate for college and career and how we can use our diversity to make spaces that are more accepting.
After the panel, we were able to ask questions to the panelists and they stayed after to network and teach us more about their careers.
We're excited about future Summits so we can hear more stories and wisdom from a room full of people who have similar experiences to ours. It was a pleasure meeting everyone who attended; they were so nice and helpful, answering questions we had and providing their email to contact them after if we had more questions. We would love to attend other SPEAK Mentorship events because this one was amazing!
"We're excited about future Summits so we can hear more stories and wisdom from a room full of people who have similar experiences to ours."
Ayala Rich and Lylia Belbegra
"We listened to people speak about their experience of going through a struggle related to their differences."
SPEAK SUMMIT 2019
The Speak Summit that occurred last year in Newark, New Jersey was an amazing experience and we met some very lovely people. The Summit opened our eyes to new things that we may be interested in.
I (Lylia) attended again this year and I (Ayala) attended for the first time because we knew we would get to meet incredible people. We listened to people speak about their experiences of going through struggles and success related to their differences. It started with a powerful step dance from the Lady Dragons from Brooklyn Technical High School (cover picture), and a poem from a SPEAK alum, Ayoko Kessouagni, titled 'We Are Different for a Reason', getting everyone eager for the rest of the event. The speech by Professor Adjapong made us realize that learning is not always basic. Learning can be fun and exciting. We heard a beautiful speech from one of the SPEAK Mentorship students, Cristal Davidson (student editor), who told us about her struggles and breakthroughs of being a young immigrant child moving to America with her family. She talked about how she had to change the way she spoke when she first got here and how she sometimes didn’t understand topics taught in class. It was great to hear this perspective because we also heard about Nisha Agarwal's experience as a child and how it shaped her life and the work she does now to help immigrants of NYC.
We then learned from two amazing panels, 'Diversity is Your Asset' and 'College! Here I Come'. In both, we learned about what is required to be a
Jade Morrison, a West Indian women, shared her journey leveraging her background to support others West Indians who needed a voice in her job as an attorney. She spoke candidly about the stereotypes she faced in her career, not being recognized as the attorney in the room, and about minorities being trapped in the cycle of the justice system. Morrison left us with a sense of mission to overcome stereotypes to succeed and to turn our backgrounds into an advantage use our voice to serve others who are unable to use their voice.
"I've evolved and I now call people on it, so they can understand that you're imposing your biases without even realizing. Sometimes it's a teachable moment."
Nisha Agarwal gave an account of her heartwarming story of overcoming discrimination against her race, gender, a disability, and health issues to become a public interest lawyer. She does extraordinary work with diverse communities and fighting for the equal rights everyone deserves. Her speech motivated and inspired everyone in the audience to strive for a better community and Nisha made it clear that anything is possible when you're determined to stand up for what's right.
"Race, gender and disability, they are all apart of me and I am still the same person. Just a little bit different."
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Alpa Rajai exudes passion for gender equality and ensures her daughter lives in a world where she can achieve anything she wishes to. She advocated the essentials of having a mentor, and about when she emigrated from India to study in the U.S., the absence of a mentor had an unfortunate affect on her life choices. Being from a different country made it difficult to navigate through life and that was an obstacle she conquered through community support and being raised in a feminist environment:
"I'm doing everything I'm doing now is because of what my upbringing was. I left home and I saw that it wasn't normal--other people didn't have the same option. I'm now raising a feminist daughter."
Gunjali Trikha, who has a very diverse background having lived in many places, explained that there were many struggles for her. Some being in her career, which is a field dominated by men, because she is a woman of color. She encouraged us to comprehend the value of progressing your diversity of thought rather than focusing on surface level diversity.
"It is way more important for you to have four people around the table where, it shouldn't matter what they look like, but the fact that they think differently is the asset they should bring to the table."
Dr. Edmund Adjapong is known for his unique teaching style, engaging urban students in sciences through their love of hip-hop. It's admirable to see a teacher find ways to compel students to be more engaged in their education. His passion as an educator to integrate hip-hop into learning to get his students to be successful shows and was clear in his speech and presentation.
"I want young people to know they can do whatever they so choose, especially by utilizing their culture. They need to carry their true authentic self everywhere they go."
Stephan Kloss illustrated his journey of moving first from Germany to the U.K. and then to the U.S. As many other immigrants, he had to learn to adapt to his new environments and how to succeed because of sheer will. One of the vital messages he passed on was being open-minded when it comes to understanding a new culture, and 'making friends from different circles'. His experiences and advice recognized his privilege as a white immigrant man and he highlighted how he addresses unconscious bias, that of others assuming his experiences and that of his own when he experiences a new culture:
"First thing you should notice is intent because it could be someone's history and the way they were brought up. Give them the benefit of the doubt and communicate that they may be doing something wrong."
"For us “multiracial”... we always find ourselves as society's outliers with no particular group to conform to."
"As corny as it sounds, I am tired of hiding behind the fear of judgment. Tired of neglecting my background that has gone so far as to shape who I am today. I no longer consider myself “just white”. It’s time to embrace being one of the “mutts of America”.
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I still clearly remember my weekends stuffed into abuela’s small apartment in the projects stuffing my face with ropa vieja and fresh plantain chips, subjected to hours of Telemundo on my grandmothers 2000s style tv, and my family rapidly speaking over one another in Cuban slang. I remember the occasional Sunday Dim Sums at our godmother’s house where my ears were unable to pick up the words and tones, we later learned were Cantonese, that streamed out of our relatives’ mouths. Weekdays were completely foreign in comparison. In our quiet apartment, Italian food was always eaten, and it was typically spoken between me and my parents aside from the subtle Spanish the Argentinian babysitter would speak to me. Little did I know when I was younger, most kids had not experienced such a variant of culture and clashing traditions in their day-to-day lives.
Much of my background, race, and ethnicity always seems to be a subject in question. How many times have people examined the structure of my face and examined the tone of my olive skin to guess where I am from? A game I used to love became one that, with age, I grew to hate. From middle-eastern, Hispanic, Filipino, Native American, white, and everything beyond or in-between, no one can fully pinpoint the origin of my identity. When I reveal I am multiracial, a word often greeted by negativity, there always seems to be some sort of astonishment in the individual’s expression, surprised to learn a girl who’s Asian could have such large eyes or a girl who’s white could have olive skin. They tell me, “I could tell you were mixed”, but could they really after only guessing I was only connected to a singular racial group?
When I used to reveal to people, I was multiracial I was proud -- proud knowing I was a walking mixing bowl of ethnicities and cultures;
so proud that I never understood why my older sister merely told people “I’m white." But once I grew older, I finally came to understand. As I went to middle school and paraded by multicultural identity around it was quickly shot down by the kids who called me an “American mutt” or “another white person pulling out a pie chart to sound more diverse”.
The fact my appearance or lifestyle did not mirror those of a stereotypical Hispanic or Asian, people refused to accept I was anything other than white. Forms and schools considered me white and like my sister, when people asked, I simply began to say, “I’m white”, words that always seemed difficult for me to spit out. This was not because I was ashamed to be multiracial,
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Embracing my diversity
"At SPEAK Mentorship, we provide mentoring to immigrant inner-city high school students throughout the U.S. so they can have an opportunity to attend college and lead better lives. As part of our annual programming, Speak Summit 2019 provided a live forum for youth from around the tri-state area to interact with professionals from different industries and further develop their leadership skills. This year, the “Diversity Is Your Asset” panel allowed students to learn about the career journeys of immigrant professionals who overcame great obstacles to achieve their current success. Students also had the opportunity to meet one another, share their experiences, and participate in different workshops during the breakout sessions to gain new skills. The annual summit is a very inspirational event for our youth and we hope more professionals and companies will join us next year." -Christine Li-Auyeung, SPEAK Board
"The Speak Summit is a space for young leaders to connect and network with professionals. The summit creates a safe environment for diverse populations to discuss inclusion and foster a support system like no other! In today’s political and social climates, it is even more important to find a space where diversity is embraced." -Keith Geraldino, Baruch Representative
"SPEAK Mentorship put me in touch with professionals who not only succeeded in their fields but also faced adversities similar to mine prior to those successes. SPEAK’s event allowed me to get familiar with professionals and what they truly do. It was a truly unique opportunity, one which I will never forget." -Kevin Shah, Student
We look forward to supporting the students of Flushing High School in Queens, New York through our Foundational Year this upcoming academic year!
it was because I was tired of fighting back and dealing with the same negative responses. It was an easy way to comfort the ignorant minds of those incapable of understanding race goes beyond appearance or experience. I quickly came to realize we are all, unfortunately, defined and treated by how we look -- Not for who we are. That’s how race is determined in America. In a culture like this, it's pointless to fight against strangers to prove our identity when they are so quick to assume it.
In ways, the kids who claimed I was Caucasian were right, as was my sister when I asked her what we should consider ourselves and she told me exactly what she told everyone else--to disregard our Asian and Hispanic culture. Being “mixed”, “exotic”, or “other” whatever you want to call it, I have lived my life as a shape-shifter of sorts.
In a group of white kids, I seem too “exotic”. In a group of Hispanics, I seem too white. In a group of Asians, I am never “Asian enough”. So, where I do fit? Just like the boxes on a form, I never know what to check off. For us “multiracial”, although we are able to shift between racial groups or to pick which of our races we want to identify with, we always find ourselves as society's outliers with no particular group to conform to.
It’s hard to consider myself white when frequently I speak Spanish with my family, indulge in the rich and authentic Cuban as well as Chinese food my relatives make, and take part in cultural holidays. As corny as it sounds, I am tired of hiding behind the fear of judgment. Tired of neglecting my background that has gone so far as to shape who I am today. I no longer consider myself “just white”. It’s time to embrace being one of the “mutts of America”.
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Clients appreciated my willingness to share my journey and it made their NYSE experience richer. Years later, one of my clients mentioned how I’d told them my story and the impact it had created: in a sea of tours and meetings, he said, I stood out because my story was so authentic, and I owned it fully.
It was a powerful lesson for me, to understand that my background could serve as a connection point for my clients. My surface-level diversity – I look like the South Asian girl that I am, and my deep-level diversity – I think differently because of the various life experiences I’ve had, make me someone with a unique point of view that’s worth sharing. Owning, acknowledging and sharing my diversity is no longer my weakness, but a strength.
For the longest time when I gave tours to the NYSE trading floor to potential clients, I deflected their questions about where I was from with a curt “New Jersey”. Inevitably, as I was explaining the merits of the “high touch trading model”, one of the visitors would interject with: “where are you from?”. If I indulged the question, I’d spend time recounting my upbringing in three different countries and my experience as a first-generation immigrant to the United States several years prior; it took time away from talking about the NYSE which is what I was there to do. So I’d shut it down quickly and move onto the next technical point on the tour.
Three years into my career, I took a leadership-training course, and a key takeaway for me was the idea of bringing your whole self to work. Each of us, the trainer said, brings our unique perspective, world-view and mood to work everyday and it has a direct impact on the work we do.
When I went back to work the week after training, I resolved to indulge the question. When asked where I was from, I told clients I would tell them all about it once we were off the busy trading floor, drinking coffee in a meeting room upstairs.
Once upstairs, I recounted my experience growing up in a British boarding school in India, my high school spent as a third-culture kid growing up in the Philippines, and how I had just two suitcases, one-way ticket journey to Virginia, USA for my undergraduate degree. As I told my story, I saw in my clients’ eyes, a growing respect and interest in what I was recounting. I had worried that my personal experience would overshadow or dilute their NYSE experience, and yet, the intermingling of the two gave each more credence.
It was a powerful lesson for me, to understand that my background could serve as a connection point for my clients. My surface-level diversity – I look like the South Asian girl that I am, and my deep-level diversity – I think differently because of the various life experiences I’ve had, make me someone with a unique point of view, that’s worth sharing.
Ms. Trikha also participated on the SPEAK Summit 2019 panel titled 'Diversity Is Your Asset'
"I'm raising a son and a daughter and I would like both of them to be feminist, and know that it's okay either way because feminism should be a family thing, not a boy girl thing at all. The one thing I'd say to my younger self is to find a mentor, find the person who you want to be..."
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accepting who i am
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SPEAK Mentorship will be able to support a greater number of students this coming academic year.
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Hi! My name is Dema Alhuraibi and I am an Ambassador alum of SPEAK Mentorship. I recently graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I joined SPEAK during my junior year at Lincoln as an Ambassador. In just a short time, SPEAK taught me valuable lessons that I will use through the rest of my life. By getting the chance to be more involved within my community, I became a leader for those who didn’t have a voice. SPEAK also taught
me how to adjust to life situations and problems that will occur in the real world. Through this program, I met other ambassadors from various schools and learned how to work with other leaders. This program allowed me to embrace my culture and have pride in the diversity in my community. I am now more confident about who I am and where I came from.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, but my mom originated from Yemen and my dad is from Ethiopia.
How I became valedictorian
Growing up was hard, especially being a minority within my community. When I was two years old, I was diagnosed with Autism. This diagnosis had a huge impact on my life. I hadn’t said a word until I was nearly six years old. It was clear that my autism affected my linguistic capabilities. Because of this, my parents decided to only speak English at home, instead of both Arabic and English. I still feel to this day that it’s my fault that my siblings and I aren’t fluent in Arabic and struggle to communicate with our relatives. In an attempt to improve my reading skills, (an insecurity I’ve always had) I began reading every single night. During high school, people would make fun of me because I was a Muslim
"I wasn’t going to be defined by my disorder and what others thought of me."
"Instead of feeling ashamed of standing out and being a minority, I embrace it and use my unique perspective to my advantage."
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I wasn’t going to be depressed about it. I wasn’t going to be defined by my disorder and what others thought of me. I’m proud of who I am. By the time I was in fourth grade, I began achieving honor roll. As time went by, I slowly made it to the top of my class. Autism taught me not to judge people because you never know the hardships they are going through. So, I’m always nice to people, even if they hate me or make fun of me, I’m always kind to them, never saying anything bad to or about them because I don’t know what they’re going through.
I have made quite of few accomplishments. I was accepted into 25 universities with over a million dollars in scholarships. Also, I was the valedictorian for my graduating class of over four hundred seniors. I often volunteer to help homeless people and other autistic kids. I even started a club at my high school, which I am now the President of, called P.O.W.E.R (Providing Opportunities for Women of Every Ethnicity, Race & Religion) and its mission is to empower girls and help them feel more confident. I‘m going to Temple University next year. My major is undecided as of now because I’m not so sure what I want to do, but I’m leaning towards environmental engineering. The reason is that because when I was young, math was my strength. By the time I reached kindergarten, I knew all of the times tables, unlike my peers who would later learn them in third grade. I excelled at math, but never at reading. I was far more advanced in math than I ever was in reading. Also, I have a huge passion for the environment and believe that we all should slow down the exacerbation of climate change before the Earth becomes inhabitable. I want to create solutions to these various problems. I love photography and I want to pursue that in the future as well. I want to take pictures of our environmental crisis and inspire people like me to change the world.
My advice would be to never give up on what you want to achieve in life because anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Also, never let those who try to drag you down discourage you because you are more capable than you think and there will be people in the real world trying to bring you down and you just have to prove them wrong. Instead of feeling ashamed of standing out and being a minority, I embrace it and use my unique perspective to my advantage.
Yemeni American and didn’t know any Arabic. I was told that I wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t smart enough. I was told that I wasn’t going to succeed. I was labeled “mentally disabled” for nearly all of my life. I remember being told that I was stupid and inadequate by my teachers and fellow peers.
My name is Ayala Rich. I want to become a biologist. I joined SPEAK to help me look further into my dream, to help me look to where to start. Being a part of the Exploratory Years, I had responsibilities, I had to take on time management and become well-organized. It was my responsibility to make google invites for each scheduled session and present it through professional email. My mentor was there every step of the way if I needed assistance. Being mentored has helped me change as a person, too. I’ve learned that things don’t always go as planned so I should have a backup plan just in case. I was able to get a mentor who was in the same field I wanted to be in. My mentor was amazing and inspired me to put myself out there more, to be what I want to and not let anything hold me back. Listening to her talk about her trips to help animals and explore different countries made me excited to pursue that career because I know it would make me as happy as it makes her.
We researched colleges that I may be interested in and she also helped me with volunteering during the summer to get a better understanding of the type of work involved.
"My mentor was there every step of the way if I needed assistance. Being mentored has helped me change me as a person, too. I’ve learned that things don’t always go as planned so I should have a backup plan just in case. I was able to get a mentor who was in the same field I wanted to be in. My mentor was amazing and inspired me to put myself out there more, to be what I want to and not let anything hold me back."
I was given advice that volunteering would be the best way to understand the environment I would be in if I work in a pet shop or in an animal hospital. The wide range of things blows my mind, the thoughts that make me happy to one day be what I’ve dreamed about the most. I want to explore the world to help all types of animals. I want to be successful at what I do and I want to be the best that I can be at it, too. I want to make a difference in the world the best I can by taking my future towards the right direction. I encourage people, especially young people, to do the same. I'm happy that I got to be a part of the SPEAK Mentorship program and to meet a mentor who is a strong and amazing woman.
Alumni of our in-school Foundational Year mentoring program get to continue independently mentoring with our incredible SPEAK mentors through the Exploratory Years.
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My research with SPEAK Mentorship took me to lengths I didn’t expect to reach before I found the organization. Before my presentation I was both anxious but determined. I was able to thoroughly explain SPEAK Mentorship along with my theorized recommendations for their current business plan. Unfortunately, I was not able to place at Nationals but the experience was greater than any DECA award. Following my presentation, I was able to recognize all of the other hardworking high school students among myself. I felt proud of what I had accomplished along the way and representing an organization I believed in made it all worth my while.
Experiencing ICDC in Orlando gave me a sense of what it’s like to be a business professional. Without the help of SPEAK Mentorship on my journey, I would have not been able to gain exposure to the opportunities I was privileged enough to experience. If I had not discovered SPEAK Mentorship, I wouldn’t have felt as passionate for my project as I had, feeling a sense of connection to the organization’s mission.
My project began with an idea. I knew I wanted to conduct research on a cause that I believed was crucial to be aware of. When I came across SPEAK Mentorship, I wasn’t expecting to be as infatuated with it as I had been by the close of the project. Their mission for young immigrant girls empowered me to make people aware of who they are and what they do.
At my high school, DECA is an after-school club that many students find themselves interested in. My competition during my junior year, the Creative Marketing Project, would consist of thorough research of a business or organization of my choosing.
I came across a few non-profits but SPEAK Mentorship sparked passion within me. Their mission for young immigrant girls empowered me to use my voice for the organization and the benefit of all immigrants in America. After getting in contact with the head, Hetal Jani, I was able to meet in person with her to learn more about the logistics of the non-profit. Once I met with Ms. Jani, I was inspired to continue my journey with the organization and develop the best solutions to some of their complications.
After months of curating my twenty page formula for SPEAK Mentorship’s marketing techniques, I prepared for my presentation in Rochester, New York, in March. After much practice and mastery of my material, I was able to place third at States in New York for the Creative Marketing Project, representing
My efforts granted me both third place and qualification for ICDC, the DECA International Competition in Orlando, Florida. It had been one of the best feelings I ever experienced, being recognized for my dedication to my work while simultaneously advocating for something I was deeply passionate about.
means to me
"Their mission for young immigrant girls empowered me to use my voice for the organization and the benefit of all immigrants in America."
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Thanks to the NYC Mission Society Learning To Work Program, SPEAK will be serving students at ELLIS Preparatory High School in the Bronx, New York.
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Adem Bunkeddeko - October 2019 Speaker
Adem Bunkeddeko is the strategy and innovation officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), in New York. He recently ran for the Democratic nomination to represent New York’s Ninth Congressional District (Central Brooklyn). He began his career as a grassroots organizer for various Democratic candidates and causes in Central Brooklyn. As associate director for business initiatives at Brooklyn Community Services, Bunkeddeko helped create job-training programs that provided Brooklyn residents with the skills to take advantage of meaningful employment opportunities. As a leadership fellow at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Bunkeddeko helped to create a support network to improve the educational and social outcomes of low-income families in Central Brooklyn. In addition, when working at the Empire State Development Corporation, he managed public-private partnerships designed to revitalize underserved communities throughout Brooklyn. Bunkeddeko graduated from Haverford College with a BA in political science and philosophy, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Annie Li - June 2020 Speaker
Annie S. Li, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and serves as Chief of Pediatric Emergency Psychiatry Service, a role reflecting her interest in trauma/mental health crisis work, and exploring the
intersection of significant life events on child development. As an Asian American immigrant, she is also interested in cultural psychiatry and integrates advocacy work in her role as a physician to reduce mental health stigma in the Asian community. Outside of her role as a psychiatrist, Dr. Li also navigates the adventures of motherhood with two young children.
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Thank you for reading our latest issue of our SPEAK Mag! I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of what we have been able to accomplish with this year’s Summit. Henry Ford said “Teamwork: Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success,” and I could not agree more. Every individual who came together to organize, present, and participate at the SPEAK Summit brought with them the shared purpose of unifying diverse voices. As we continue to provide opportunities and spaces for young people to meet diverse professionals of immigrant backgrounds, I welcome you to join us in developing a strong and supportive community to guide the next generation of future leaders!
What an incredible few months it has been for us at SPEAK! We're thrilled every day to encounter so many caring, authentic, and hard-working individuals who make the world a better place. We highlight as much as possible in this SPEAK Mag but, of course, it is impossible for us to thank everyone who makes reaching our mission possible.
From the upcoming speakers, who have committed to sharing their narratives in the Speaker Series, to the program facilitators at partner organizations, such as Students in Action and Learning to Work, we are equipping empathetic, diverse leaders of our future. We are excited to work with students in ELLIS Preparatory, Flushing High School, and Veritas High School this fall. We are also confirming other schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Philadelphia, and Tukwila, Washington. Our journey is only possible through your support. Each student's development is valued at $650 for the Foundational Year, and we are working on developing a platform to make connecting to our mentors even easier and cost affordable. Thanks to incredible contributions from our mentors and their companies, we will also be able to support up to 20 additional students through mentoring in our Foundational Year this year.
Thank you, SPEAK Mentors!
Please continue to support our mission by liking/following us on social media @speakmentorship and by making it possible to continue to serve a very deserving population.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this issue of our SPEAK Mag. Until next time!
Dr. Rohit Chandra
HARVARD FACULTY & MASS GEN PSYCHIATRIST
GRAY MATTERS NYC
DEVELOPING TOMORROW'S LEADERS