When I was eight, I was told to stop playing and clean the clothes. Before leaving, I noticed that the boys my age kept playing. Their parents never told them to do the chores.
This was not unusual for a girl growing up in Haiti, and yet, I couldn’t help but ask: Why? Why should I wash their clothes? Why should I have to stop playing when they get to continue? None of it seemed to make sense and, when the reply came to “do as I as was told,” I rebelled. I said no — I wouldn’t leave. It simply didn’t resonate with me. To this day, all the injustices that keep communities, cultures, and people divided still make no sense to me. I have always wanted to live in a more inclusive world. And now, Inclusivus takes action every day to make communities stronger and help InPowered individuals find their voice in order to create a social impact and lasting change.
For me, justice started with standing up for myself, being mindful and intentional, and working toward fairness. Now, my goal is to continue deepening my understanding of social systems, the forces that shape them, and the interplay between institutions and individuals. When it “can’t be done,” I look for reasons why. I look for different routes to make the impossible possible. There is always room for change. When social systems fail to make things better, we have to find a way to do it ourselves — and we can — through unity, ingenuity, humanity and determination.
I hope that you will join us.