Diwali ki shubh kamna.

I am not Hindu. Well, not by any traditional definitions really. Then why am I writing about Divali? One of the reasons I’m most thankful for growing up on a tiny and heavily multicultural island (Trinidad & Tobago) is that my society exposed me to almost every type of ‘difference’ there was. This exposure wasn’t superficial…

Coming Back

I remember when I first walked in to the City Year San José/Silicon Valley office on W. Santa Clara Avenue in San José. The feeling of welcome, happiness, and most importantly belonging. I knew that I would want to stay with this organization for a long time.   I began my first year of service…

Selling College

While writing a ‘Going to College’ enrichment lesson plan I thought my lead-in was iron-clad: What do you want to be when you grow up? My intention (however naïve) was to elicit student responses that would allow me to begin making the case for college as a necessity to meet career goals. The first student…