Lisa graduated from high school with honors and received multiple academic scholarships. She plans to attend the University of Oregon in the Fall and become a social worker.
INSPIRE & SUPPORT
I rise by lifting others.
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Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, moving to Rwanda, and later living in Kenya, the term “minority” was used to box me into being a stereotype. This word seemed to sum me up before I got the chance to truly honor my complexities as an African woman; as someone whose is multilingual; as someone who has survived childhood sexual assault. And yet, I have molded each of my struggles into opportunities.
All my life experiences have taught me self-acceptance, and the complexity of becoming an independent young African female. Knowledge will continue to mold my persona, lead me into adulthood, and carry me to Black excellence. I Am M.O.R.E. has helped me own my story by giving me the space and allowing me to speak up freely on issues that affect African girls.
I was able to learn the difference between owning your story and telling your story. Owning is accepting everything that has happened to you, mostly the bad, forgiving yourself and learning how these experiences have shaped you to become the shining star you were always meant to be.