“I attended a high school made up of students who, for the most part, identified themselves as Black or Latino. Throughout those four years, I was surrounded by people whom I resembled, and because we came primarily from historically marginalized backgrounds, I thought I was in a diverse environment.
“Upon coming to Bryn Mawr, I recognized how inaccurate that sentiment was. Living in the Bryn Mawr community has allowed me not only to address these preconceived notions, but also to engage in an exchange of culture with the people around me. Regardless of varying background, all people have the same fundamental reason to exist: to love and be loved. If we give each other more time to open our hearts and minds, we could all learn that we aren’t that different, and then, we can truly, embrace diversity.”
Apocalipsis Rosario ’11
Note: Through internships and volunteer work, Apocalipsis Rosario has already established herself as a leader in expanding opportunities for disadvantaged youth. In 2010, she was awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to create a summer writing/ empowerment program for girls that addressed issues of identity, including those of oppression, the role of females in the media, and violence and abuse in one of Boston’s most dangerous neighborhoods. She is a Posse Scholar, one of a group of students selected for their leadership and academic potential by Bryn Mawr and the Posse Foundation, a renowned college-access and youth-leadership-development program.