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Meet CWEALF Intern Esther Appiah

CWEALF Intern Esther Appiah
Last week, we welcomed intern Esther Appiah to the CWEALF team! Esther is taking part in a freshman year program at Trinity College called the Catalyst Leadership Corps and shared with us a little about herself:

“I took an active role in the Trinity Community during my first semester. I serve on the Executive Board of Trinity's African Student Association (TASA), as Vice President and Community Outreach Liaison for Do Shakara (Trinity's African Dance Group), and co-coordinate the student lead organization under the Women and Gender Resource Action Center formerly known as Promoting Healthy Awareness of the Body (PHAB). Recently, I was nominated to serve on the Search Committee Board for our new Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

I selected to intern at Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) the spring semester of my first year through Catalyst Leadership Corps. Part of why I chose to intern at CWEALF is because it ties closely with my identity.

I was born and raised in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, West Africa and grew up around very powerful women. The most impactful woman being my grandmother. She started her own business to raise her ten children and later in life raised all her grandchildren in her home with my grandfather.

I left Ghana to come live with my parents in 2009 and within a month of my arrival, I started school. There's a proverb in the twi language, "Se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki" which roughly translates to, "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."

I want to go back to the community that raised me and change the lives of women just like me who don't have the same opportunities I have had.”

 

Learn more about internship opportunities with CWEALF here.


By CWEALF at 12 Feb 2018, 13:21 PM

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