Titania Nguyen '11 is a TCS grad who now serves as TCS's Board co-chair as a graduating senior. She was on staff in SLP 2013 and will be heading to Yale University next fall.
What is your favorite memory of The City School?
It's probably a toss up between the time in SLP 2013 when we went to go protest in front of a company that wasn't giving jobs for youth. Billy, one of the participants, who hadn't come in with a lot of background on social justice, but he was there leading chants on the mic already and it was amazing. A toss up between that and the time when 50 people from SLP went to stand in solidarity with a young person who had to go to court. It just shows how TCS can support someone and change the direction of their life.
How have you changed because of your first summer of SLP?
I've changed in a lot of ways. I've become more confident in my leadership ability. I've become more willing to speak up about social justice. It's also just changed my way of thinking about things people say and the systems that I participate in. Looking critically at my school to see what are things that people do that aren't necessarily conscious, but play into these systems of power. Looking at the news and seeing just how insidious these oppressions can be.
How have you continued your commitment to social justice beyond the Summer Leadership Program?
For one, I'm part of the City School board, which is really cool. I'm the Board co-chair. I'm a Social Justice Peer Educator at my school, and I work with teachers to try to teach social justice. I work with a few other people at school to change things at Milton. I've been on staff at SLP the past summer, and an Emerging Leader before that in 2012, and I've helped to lead social justice workshops at Milton and beyond.
What are your plans for the future?
If my life didn't involve social justice in some way, I'd be disappointed. My dream job: Supreme Court Justice of the United States. I'd like to continue working for social justice in college, if I can find a community to be a part of and support me.
If you could have coffee with one social justice activist, who would it be and why?
Probably Angela Davis. We met her at the forum in December 2012, and she just seemed so engaging and passionate and intelligent and someone with a huge wealth of life experience. I feel like I could learn a lot from her about bringing the fight.
Profile Created February 2014