A young lady with Down Syndrome named Kate would change the course of my life as a freshman at Georgetown. She smiled at me from across Healy Lawn and I found my home in Best Buddies and I found my solace in her, her infectious spirt, her inviting nature and supreme goodness. And if Kate showed me the way to my vocation and calling, Tiffany Yu continues to show me how to act on my sense of urgency to empower and include.
I will be joining Tiffany's organization, Diversability, as a Community Manager and Digital Associate. In her own words, "my story begins almost 20 years ago when I was involved in a car accident that left me with a disability, but the real turning point was in 2009. I was participating in a conversation on diversity in my final year at Georgetown University, and noticed that disability was missing from that conversation. That's when I started Diversability, a movement dedicated to raising disability awareness and reshaping conceptions of ability..."
While my responsibilities will span community management, collateral design and website management I look forward to getting immersed in this vibrant culture. No stranger to anxiety, I have Pure Obsessional OCD so the stigma surrounding mental health is a myth I fight to dispel. I aspire to become better acquainted with the topics within this diverse space that keep you showing up and persevering despite the barriers that may lie in your path.
Thank you to my classmate, Tiffany, for conceiving of and growing this beautiful community and its critical discourse, and for this opportunity. And to my peers, thank you for your support as I get up to speed. I leave you with her words below. May they be as formative to you as they were to me. I also welcome you to join me, and speak up about your diverse abilities. Our voices are louder together. To contribute your perspective or to get involved yourself, please get in touch.