Nicole Nfonoyim '08
Nicole Nfonoyim '08
Sociology & anthropology, Latin American studies
Staten Island, NY
"When looking at colleges, I did not focus on the diversity of the campus nor the strength of their communities of color (something that I would change if I had to do it over again). Yet when I came to Swarthmore, I saw these vibrant communities and organizations like Swarthmore African-American Student Society (SASS), Enlace, and Multi. I felt supported even though they did not know me and we were connected by a common experience as students of color. I had not planned on getting so involved. Yet the black community in particular inspired my ongoing involvement and ultimate leadership in different organizations like Swarthmore African Students Association (SASA), the Gospel Choir, and SASS.
"Sophomore year, I was the Black Cultural Center/ Intercultural Center liaison on the SASS executive board, while serving as co-president of SASA. Through these two roles I was able to work closely with the groups housed in both the BCC and the IC and encourage the building of intercommunity bridges.
"I love the student of color community at Swarthmore. It is unique and dynamic and really reflects the intellectual, activist, and self-reflective mission of the College as a whole. It has been inspiring to see students of color engaging in their communities, questioning, challenging and exploring identities, and rearticulating and renegotiating their space on this campus.
"Swarthmore is a unique place and it attracts brilliant young minds. The community of color on campus exemplifies this and its groups and individual members have the opportunity and freedom as students to engage and intersect their academics with issues concerning their communities and identies. The way the College's student organizations, funding, and even relationships with faculty and administrators are structured give us access to both human and monetary resources. The College encourages the freedom, growth, and support of all its students and this, combined with the drive and passion of its students of color, has created and sustained a strong intercultural community that I am proud to be past of.
"This year, I work as a multicultural recruitment intern in the Admissions Office, as well as president of SASS. I am an active member of ENLACE (our Latino student organization) and Multi (our organization for mixed race, multi-ethnic, multi-faith, and transracial adoptees).
"As a community, the students of color provide support to each other and I cannot even imagine what my Swarthmore experience would be if I was not part of it. I would probably get more sleep!"