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#BreakingGenerationalCurses 👨🏽‍🎓👏🏾🇭🇹 Mother got pregnant at 14 in Haiti Caught my 1st case at 13, on probation until 17 Arrested a couple times My oldest brother was sentenced 35 years My other brother was murder during robbery Two sisters dropped out of school/teen pregnancy Started High School with a 1.7 GPA — The first and last in my family to graduate Enrolled in a 4-Year University Trojan of the Year, 4.0 GPA, 95/564 12+ College Acceptances $100,000 In Scholarships Attending Florida State University Been To Ghana, West Africa, Hong Kong, and Mainland China — “I speak to aspire the hopeless because it’s bigger than me! Never met my Father’s side of the family and really don’t know him but thanks to the Village who cared about my future when I didn’t” – Brando Wayne 🎓🇭🇹 — #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #lunionsuitegrads #classof2019 #HaitianExcellence

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 👨🏽‍⚕️ Dr. Elvis L. Francois Matched Harvard Beth Israel for Spine Surgery Fellowship Definition of an UNDERDOG: “predicted loser in a struggle or contest”….. — Son of a single father Haitian immigrant who worked as a cab driver 16 hours a day to support us and the entire fam back in Haiti…UNDERDOG — Not enough money. Dinner was splitting $10 meals at Pollo Tropical in Miami between my brother, father, and I…….Evicted at 12 years old. Spent random nights in hotels and at family and friends homes…UNDERDOG — Told by my middle school teacher that “Even with your good grades with your bad behavior there’s no chance you’ll be a doctor” (she was right)…..UNDERDOG — Showed up to undergrad competing with kids that grew up with $1,000 tutors and probably got accepted via the college admission scandal….UNDERDOG — And now today…..I say all that to say…..if you’re an underdog. They can take everything from you…but the one thing they can’t take is what God gives you. So walk calmly up to Goliath and introduce the world to your David…. — Tag a friend. Let’s climb together🧗🏽‍♂️ 📸✍🏽 @doctor.elvis.francois #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #haitiandoctor

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#HaitianExcellence Meet Dany Laferrière. A Haitian-Canadian Novelist who is the only Haitian member of the Académie Française (French Academy). He was inducted in May 2015. The Académie Française is an elite club of 40 “Immortals,” as the members are known, that serves as the official guardian of the French language. — The French Institute is home to the Académie Française. The group is so exclusive that most of France’s greatest writers were never admitted as members. This academy consists mostly of white men. There are just five women among the members, and Mr. Laferrière is the only person of color. The average age was well over 70 in a recent tally by the French media. — According to #LoopHaiti, recently, thanks to #DanyLaferrière, the word Vertières has been included in the French dictionary. Vertières, located in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti is where the Battle of #Vertieres took place and is recognized by many historians as the Haitian Revolution’s most significant battle. — Laferrière describes it as "little place that has seen the only true negro revolution, where the slave has managed to dismantle all the values ​​of colonialism established to become a citizen.” — Source: Nytimes.com and LoopHaiti.com #lunionsuite #haitian #haitiancanadian #frenchdictionary

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#HaitianExcellence:📚👏🏾🎓🇭🇹 Haitian American Maliyah Altemar (9 years old), from Panther Run Elementary School has earned a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship after winning the State of Florida’s Black History Month essay contest. As the elementary-level winner, Maliyah was honored by Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis at the Governor’s mansion. — This yearʼs theme was “Celebrating Public Service,” and Maliyah wrote her essay about Mary McLeod Bethune, an American educator, stateswoman and civil rights activist who founded what is now Bethune-Cookman University. ( HAIL WILDCATS) 👏🏾 — “What was the best part of my day? This moment right here! I got to meet this outstanding dynamo, Miss Maliyah Altemar from Panther Run Elementary School” – Commissioner Christina L. Romelus __ 🎥 @romelus_c & PalmBeachSchools.org #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #westpalmbeach

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#LunionSuiteGrads 👩🏽‍🎓🇭🇹 Laetitia Badio was in dance class when the 7.0 earthquake destroyed her home of Haiti in 2010. Badio boarded a military aircraft with only her birth certificate, passport, school transcript and a few changes of clothes and relocated to the United States where she was born. In Florida, she was placed in the 12th grade to finish high school. After community and undergraduate college, she was accepted at Meharry for medical school. — A few weeks ago, Badio’s family traveled from across the country to see her celebrate Match Day — a tradition in which medical students across the country open letters at the exact same time to learn where they will do their residency and fellowship training. Her mother, who so wanted to make the 1,478-mile journey from Haiti, could not be there. — On stage, Badio marveled. "This is just an incredible day," she said, "for me, for my family, for a country that embraced me." She had matched at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she would train to be a pediatrician. — Source: Jessica Bliss, Nashville Tennessean #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitianexcellence

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 At only 17 years old and already thriving both academically and in the modeling world, Brooklyn born Francesca Faith Desir is currently a senior at Summit High School in Spring Hill TN and a 4.3 GPA student! She is also a National Honor Society member as well as Alpha Theta MU (Math Honor society) member. — On #NationalDecisonDay, she and her family accepted admission to Howard University as part of class of 2024. Francesca will be taking a Gap year to continue in her pursuit of her modeling career. During her gap year she will be moving back to NY to pursue modeling full time. Following that she will be studying applied mathematics and business at Howard University. Congratulations Francesca and keep up the amazing work! #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitianexcellence

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 Nadia CreveCoeur is a newly graduate with a B.A. in International Affairs and concentration in Conflict Resolution at George Washington University in D.C. — There she served as president of Delta Phi Epsilon professional sorority and her passion to create a just world has propelled her to participate in her latest endeavor. In October of 2018, she traveled to Abu Dhabi to speak at a conference on Youth and Sustainable Peace. She advocated for an inclusive and gendered approach to engaging youth in peacebuilding activities. — At the event, Crevecoeur participated both as a panelist and forum participant. During the “Youth, Gender and Peace” panel, she spoke about how young women can contribute in peacebuilding efforts and how they can sometimes be left out of the decision-making process due to their age and gender. Congratulations Nadia and keep making all of us proud! 👑🇭🇹 — #lunionsuite #haitianmerican #classof2019 #haitian #blackexcellence #haitiangraduates

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#HaitianExcellence 🎓🇭🇹 Marsha Jean-Charles was 15 years old when she read a novel that would start her on the path to making Cornell history. — “Breath, Eyes, Memory” is a semi-autobiographical novel by Edwidge Danticat. Like Jean-Charles, Danticat is Haitian-American and grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. — “That was the point of my own personal socio-cultural and political awakening,” Jean-Charles said. “Often for marginalized people, literature is one of the few venues in which people see themselves and feel understood.” Now a scholar of contemporary literature by Haitian women, Jean-Charles on May 25 became the first Ph.D. in Africana studies from Cornell. Wearing a stole of Haiti’s flag, she was recognized along with approximately 300 other doctoral candidates in Barton Hall at a festive Ph.D. hooding ceremony. — Source: Susan Kelley/ Cornell Chronicle 📸 Lindsay France/Cornell University #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #classof2019 #caribbean #blackexcellence

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 Marie Claire Andris, a Haitian teen from Immokalee, Florida has managed to obtain a 4.3 GPA despite being very busy with marching band, tutoring low-income students, and being in dual enrollment. This young lady has also acquired about $35,000 in scholarship money! Andris will attend the University of South Florida in the fall to study business administration. — She gets her motivation from seeing how hard her mom works to provide for her. She works hard so that one day she can do the same for her. Despite being raised by a single mother in a small town, she has risen above her struggles to do something for herself. Congratulations Marie Claire! 👩🏽‍🎓🇭🇹 — Source: Luke Franke/Naples Daily News #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitianexcellence #haitian

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 Professor Michèle Alexandre, J.D., a leading civil rights scholar, administrator and trailblazer, has been selected as the next dean of the College of Law at Stetson University. Alexandre, chosen following an extensive nationwide search, becomes the College of Law’s first Haitian-American and first black dean. She begins her new role on June 17. — According to Tampa Bay Times, she is the third African-American woman tapped this year to head a law school. Nationwide, about 35 percent of law schools now have women at the helm and about 10 percent are headed by minority women. — "I'm definitely part of a wave of women this year,'' said Alexandre, 43. "We're being reflective of society.'' Born in Haiti, Alexandre grew up in New York, was the first black valedictorian at Colgate University and earned her law degree from Harvard. She decided to go to law school, she said, because she viewed law as a field in which she could combine her passion for social justice with "my love of analytics and critical thinking.'' — From Harvard, Alexandre went on to clerk for a federal judge, practice law and teach at several universities. Ebony magazine named her among the Top 100 Influential African Americans of 2013. Alexandre, who starts her new job June 17, comes to Stetson from the University of Mississippi, where she was a professor and associate dean for faculty development and intellectual life. — Source : Tampa Bay Times 📸 Stetson University #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #blackexcellence #caribbeanheritage

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#SWIPE #HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 Haitian-American Leo Jean-Baptiste is a one of the recipients of the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship which gives him $10,000 per year over four years to study computer science starting this fall at the college of his choice. He’s guaranteed to have a future career working with Amazon in their programming department. This was awarded to him by Jeff Bezos the CEO of Amazon and even had the opportunity of being interviewed by him. — Jean-Baptiste rose to the top of his high school class, but was uncertain if he’d have the resources to pay for college. In addition to a heavy school load, Leo is an ROTC leader, an elementary school tutor, and a volunteer in an after-school program that tries to rid his community of drugs and alcohol. — “Leo has to put in time and a half, if not double, what others have to put in across the country to get the same things,” said Hooman Behzadpour, Leo’s math teacher at Orange High School. “Leo never complains. He has high obstacles to overcome, and he overcomes them all silently and diligently.” Behzadpour called Leo “the brightest student I've ever had.” — 🎥 @jeffbezos @amazon | Amazon.com #lunionsuite #amazon #haitianamerican #blackexcellence

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#HaitianExcellence #SWIPE: The Joseph School in Haiti will now be providing Solo Bags to their students and staff all thanks to Haitian Entrepreneurs Mike Bellot and Torcel (Wendy) Wendianne. The Solo Bag was designed as an innovative backpack for students without reliable access to electricity. The bag charges a reading light using solar power, so students can safely and easily study at night. — Access to electricity is limited for many Haitian families, so many students rely on kerosene for lightning at night to study. This can be costly and comes with negative health affects, and using candle light can quickly become dangerous. — To solve this problem and to make safe, clean energy accessible to low income Haitians, Bellot and Wendianne created the Solo Bag. The bag is embedded with a solar panel which absorbs sunlight during daytime, and the energy is stored in a battery bank that emits eco-friendly and sustainable light at night. 🇭🇹 — Source: The Joseph School #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #innovation #haiti #solarenergy

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 The life of a Haitian American Navy Commander and Aerospace Electronic Engineer. Born and raised in Haiti, Dr. Charles L. Stuppard immigrated to America late 1970s. With a background in engineering, he decided to serve the country and within a year, he became a fighter jet pilot. Over the course of his astonishing career, these were his keys to success. Cherish the little things. Take care of yourself and those around you. Gratitude in the little things. And finally, have a vision. 🇭🇹🛩 — Excerpt from article: "Have a vision. Everything is mental before becoming physical. It all starts in our mind." — Source||Medium LS Blogger: @GQ_accountant #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #military #navy #veteran

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 Selected as a "Forbes Under 30 Scholar", Farahana Cajuste, a UN Millennium Fellow and President of the Latin American Student Association at Rollins College is excited to represent her school and her family. — One of her favorite Basquiat quotes, “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not”, still holds true. We hit adversity, we push back. We struggle, we grow. We fail, we learn. We fall, we succeed. Don't be afraid, or be defined, by who you are today. You never know where you will end up. — If you know of any trailblazers, please don't hesitate to mentioned them. You are also our eyes and ears. — LS Blogger: @GQ_accountant 🇭🇹🇧🇷 📸 @farah.cajuste #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #forbes #scholars

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹✨ Congratulations to Esdra Lamy for being honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award at Missouri Southern State University. — Esdra Lamy, a 2000 graduate, is vice president for station sales at Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution in Los Angeles. As a MSSU student, he was active with KGCS-TV. He joined Warner Bros. in 2004. His division has handled the sales of sitcoms and off-network shows such as "Two and a Half Men," "Person of Interest" and "Smallville." — His entrepreneurial endeavors includes, a founding member of Toast Vodka & Founder of the Links Company U.S, in addition to his corporate responsibilities at Warner Bros as a 15 year distribution executive. #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #blackexcellence

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#HaitianExcellence 🎓🇭🇹 Current Haitian-American Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering Reginald DesRoches will become the ninth provost to take office at Rice University after former Provost Marie Lynn Miranda stepped down in May. DesRoches will take office on July 1, according to Rice News. — Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, & raised in the NYC borough Queens, DesRoches credits his love of science & math and his interest in “tinkering with things” with leading him to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. — The provost is considered the chief academic officer of the university, overseeing “academic, research, scholarly and creative programs and activities,” 65 years after the first provost took office, DesRoches will be the first Black male provost in Rice’s history. – – – #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #blackexcellence #caribbean #riceuniversity

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 Meet Dieff Vital, an electrical and computer engineering doctoral student and a survivor of the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake. He is currently working on wearable antennas that will capture power to charge biosensors and help serve underserving communities to monitor their health without having to spend money at a hospital. With just a sewing machine, Vital uses conductive threads to embroider antennas and electronic circuits on regular clothing. — Vital recognizes the need to monitor health conditions with more cost-effective methods, especially in underserved areas. “You have a lot of people with critical health conditions dying,” he said. “For individuals with diabetes, wounds are a serious concern. They need to monitor their wound to see if it’s healing and most of the time this requires them to frequently visit hospitals. It costs money and most of these people are denied health care.” — Source: FIU News #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #health #innovation

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹👩🏽‍🎓 Rebecca Paul, 18, graduated last week from Lorenzo Walker with a weighted grade point average of 6.04 and will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall with a full-ride scholarship. She received a handful of scholarships, including the Jubilee Scholarship from FGCU, another from Grace Place, one from her church, the Laverne Franklin scholarship, and the John Blanch and Rebar scholarship. — Paul, who aspires to become an orthodontist, actually graduates this month from three schools: Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, the Dental Assisting Program at Technical College and Florida SouthWestern State College, with an associate’s degree. — Paul is also captain of the Step Team, secretary of the National Honor Society, vice president of her Youth Ministry, and an AP Leader at Grace Place for Children and Families. Paul’s family is from Haiti, and she said her parents were not able to get the education they wanted, so they have made education a priority for her and her four siblings. — Story Source : Naples Daily News #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #caribbean #classof2019 #lunionsuitegrads #blackexcellence

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#LunionsuiteGrads 🎓🇭🇹 👩🏾‍🎓Mendiana Merilien 📍Florida International University 🎓B.A. in International Relations, Minor in Economics, Certificate in National Security — “Looking back at spring 2018, a few days after my 20th birthday I found myself inside one of the infamous Trump Detention centers because of immigration paperwork wrongly filed/processed. I spent 2 months in there and lost a semester of school. It fueled my purpose into becoming an attorney of the law because of the amount of casualties I saw in there. — Being that I was agile with various languages I became the translator of the whole detention center; fast forward to the day I was leaving, a group of women who were staying behind either getting deported or forced to live there told me I’m asking God to give you 10 percent of each of us’ luck so you could get your law degree and come back here with an attorney badge instead of a detainee one’. — In addition to that, a guard who grew love for me told me “Go, earn this degree and raise hell outside”. This degree is earned for a community, for my dreams and for the women who suffer tirelessly still in there. I, by no means live a perfect life nor have the perfect story but I’m also not a victim of my woes and that is my power.” – @carrmel_ ❤️ — #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #graduate #blackgirlmagic #haitianexcellence #immigrantstory

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#LunionsuiteGrads 🇭🇹 Congratulations to Langie Cadesca who recently graduated from University at Albany, SUNY and was the Class of 2019 Commencement Speaker! During her academic career, Cadesca was the president of the Student Association, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and president of the Epsilon Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. — She spent much of her time volunteering at several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Capital City Rescue Mission and the Interfaith Partnership. Cadesca is dedicated to giving back to her community and took on several mentoring roles while in college. — Her dedication to public service is the reason why she was selected as the 2019 Chancellor winner at University at Albany, SUNY! Cadesca plans on working in the nonprofit sector before eventually going into law school, we are so proud of you! Good luck with your future endeavors 🇭🇹 — 📸: @blackgirljoy__ #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitianexcellence #classof2019 #haitiangraduates

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#Lunionsuitegrads 👨🏽‍🎓👩🏽‍🎓🇭🇹 Haitian father and daughter Wisner and Welena Noel both received bachelor’s degrees at the undergraduate ceremony on May 23. — “It’s not everyday that you get to walk across the graduation stage with your father right beside you. Today, I am proud to say that my father (at 61 years old) , and I, have graduated together, receiving our bachelors degree from Kean University. We have taken on this journey together and it has become such a surreal moment to know that we are first generation college grads! Not only did I have the privilege to see my father at home and at school, I also got to see him at work. Being full time college students and also full time nurses proved to be challenging but we overcame it together. — As proud Haitians, we proudly represent for Haiti and all Haitians around the world. We do not come from a “sh*thole country”, we come from a country filled with perseverance, determination and, strength. We come from a country filled with intelligent people, beauty and love. Haiti, this ones for you .” -Welena Noël — Source: Kean University #lunionsuite #haitian #haitianamerican #blackexcellence

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