April 5th, 2012

Duke has given me so many opportunities to discover my passions and
develop my interests. I am involved in many different types of
organizations from the Women’s Center to teaching English as a
second language in the local community to working for female
empowerment in Greek life and I will incorporate all that I have
learned into these different parts of my college life. A couple weeks
ago, Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, visited
campus and talked with Duke Students for Humane Borders and UNC’s
Students United for Immigrant Equality about his experiences “coming
out” as an undocumented immigrant living in the United States. His
talk was invigorating and inspiring, but one comment has stayed with
me since that Sunday afternoon: “If you’re being silent, you’re
just as much of the problem.” I promised myself that afternoon that
I would no longer be silent. I will no longer be silent when I can use
my voice for social activism and I will continue to fight for change
both inside and outside of the Duke community. This discourse on moral
courage is no different- As an active participant, these themes of
ethics and personal responsibility will continue to play an important
and valuable role in my life at Duke and the impact that I have on
campus culture.

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