Tatiana Hernández-Mitchell

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Multicultural Advancement

What attracted you to Syracuse University?
Originally, the Forensic Science program and the school spirit attracted me to SU. Once I came on a tour of the school during the fall semester of the senior year in high school, I felt like I was home.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus that you are really passionate about and why?
On campus, I am the President of the Zeta Epsilon Chapter de Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated and immensely passionate about aiding my community with service, event-planning, and impactful work. Being a sister has allowed me to grow into the leader and future professional I wish to be. I am also a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology here at Syracuse in the Addiction, Development and Equity lab. I am an Our Time Has Come Scholar and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, both of which allow me to work on leadership and research skills for my future career in public health research and health policy. My involvement in all of these organizations has provided me with the foundation to better myself and the communities that need me.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
My time at Syracuse has definitely challenged me in more ways I anticipated when reflecting on my college experience. The growth was absolutely surreal and necessary, and I've gained the tools to begin the next part of my life and career,

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
As a Black Dominican woman, I've understood that throughout my educational experience, I've been granted a privilege not many in my culture and even my peers don't receive. I want to give back for Latinx and Black students at Syracuse, just as was done for me.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite Syracuse experience was going abroad during the spring 2019 semester to Madrid, Spain. It was beautiful to discover the history and culture of a place I never thought I would be living in for 4 months.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
I think alumni should support SU because giving is full circle. Alumni were in this position before, and understand that an education is expensive. If you want to make an impact in a student's life, the first way is to provide more funding for them to receive a quality education. Alumni are that link, and are giving to a cause that's more than themselves.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
I would say thank you for allowing me to grow into my own during a time that is incredibly daunting. We have to really build the foundation for our future here at Syracuse, and I've been able to do so with the gift that you've provided. I would not be here without your selflessness and generosity, and for that I am deeply indebted.

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
I'm proud to be a part of the Orange family because of the connections I've made here. Though its been difficult navigating a PWI, I've found the resources, spaces, and people who make me truly feel I belong. I wouldn't give up that for anything and am thankful.