Afrolatina Scholar Takes Cape Town

$2,605 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 26 months
I can tell you about how hard it was growing up in my neighborhood with immigrant family members and having to constantly battle all the odds. You will then feel bad for me and be amazed by all the things I was able to accomplish regardless of my limitations. Instead, I want to tell you about how people, real people changed my life. Because ultimately, life is not about me; it is about all of us and what we do to make it better.


I am a senior at Montclair State University, studying Sociology, Pre-Law and African American Studies. I have been on Dean’s List every semester throughout my college career while being actively involved in multiple cultural student organizations (Latin American Student Organization, NAACP and Organization of Students for African Unity), departmental committees and administrative initiatives as well as working various campus jobs. Through these experiences, I have fostered relationships with people that have given me more that I could have ever asked. I have been so privileged to meet so many incredible people that push me every single day, every minute, to be a better person so I can then empower others to be better.


During the fall, I will be studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. I am taking concentrated courses in sociology, history and african studies along with doing a service-learning project where I will be volunteering at a human rights or youth educational organization. The only reason why I am studying abroad is for people. I want to pay forward what has been given to me; I want to show the people of my city that it is possible; I want to impact people to believe in themselves and see more than they are used to. If you help to fund me, you are also funding them--figuratively. I join you to believe in the mission of people--that actual people can make a difference through love and peace.


Projects that I will be working on besides classes and service-learning:


- Writing a blog “Afro-Dominican in South Africa” for a page: #IAMENOUGH Empowering Afro-Latina Women
- Pre-research for Fulbright Scholar Program Application
- Journal article to present at conferences
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Please continue to donate and share the page. We are so close. I have been offline for a while but I am back and will continue to fundraise! Thank you to those of you who have donating! Love ya!
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Something I wrote last year. Enjoy:

As the cold crumbles beneath my feet, it decides not to dance with me. As it doesn't dance, my blood temp decreases and I become much colder. The cold fails to realize that dancing is for the brave, it is for those who persevere and understand the nature of its resistance. To dance is to resist, to seek freedom.

As the cold continues to crumble my feet, I decide to take initiative. This fucking cold is going to dance with me regardless if it wants to or not. So I grab my hips and my flyable arms and dance. I dance until my heart gives up. I dance until I have exhausted the dancing opportunities of this earth.

Dance, baby girl, just dance.

Music is supposed to ignite. Let's dance, let's just dance. Let's dance until the blusters on our feet become permanent, until our hands become one. Let's dance until the world tells us to stop but let's keep going. Let's keep dancing, let's keep resisting, breaking floors and destroying ceilings. Let's keep going even if old age incapacitates us. Let's keep our hearts dancing to the beats of African drums and Latin rhythms.

Like Lauryn Hill said, Music is supposed to inspire.
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Thank you to everyone who continues to donate! I really love ya <3
At the Brooklyn Museum!
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Thank you to all of you for being beautiful people! You are so kind! :) Please share with people you know. I need all the help I can get :)
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$2,605 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 26 months
Created May 9, 2017
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TC
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Thurselle Chisolm-Williams
25 months ago

Chanel, I pray the Lord's CHOICE blessings over your whole life. Enjoy Cape Town!!! Blessings and Love! Mrs. Thurselle and The Chisolm-Williams Crew

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Maria Gutierrez
25 months ago (Offline Donation)

Donation from my lovely grandmother :)

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Maty Louro
25 months ago

You're great! Enjoy every moment.

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