Suze Prince, a student in our Haitian Scholars program, has won first-place in the Virginia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (VATESOL) writing contest. Her essay was selected from a number of entries focusing on inclusivity and advocacy that were submitted by international students from various institutions of higher education across the State of Virginia. In Suze’s essay, she encourages everyone to “Think of love as your number one goal . . . Our dream should be to show compassion and understanding to the people around us every single day”.
Suze is from Hinche, Haiti and arrived in the United States last August to study at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond Virginia. She was in college in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck in January 2010. Her ultimate career goal is to become a midwife, helping women in Haiti in the safe delivery of their children.
When asked about her winning, Suze said “I am very proud and happy.” Join us in congratulating Suze on a job well done. For pictures of our Haitian scholars and their adventures, follow this link: http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49