In January 2021, with a mission in mind, I made the 588-mile drive back home to Stamford after having been enlisted in the U.S. Army as a military journalist. I served our nation for six years to help give others a voice. I wanted not only to tell the story of U.S soldiers all over the world, but also, that of our allies and the people who are without rights in need of safety from political violence. While attached to Africa and European Command I have seen frozen, unworkable, and eternally aggressive situations soften up with thoughtful and compassionate action. I’ve grown from this experience, and I believe it is now time to take these lessons learned and apply it back home.
Stamford is where I was born, and in Waterside is where I was raised to be an aspiring youth activist. I was nurtured on Jack and Jill of America, the National Urban League and local other organizations. This is what led me to have a hand in creating Stamford’s first Diversity Festival. I’ve matured through civic involvement and never stopped aspiring to improve the quality of life in my community.