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    • Mariana Olaizola

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      Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, Mariana Olaizola was surrounded by a culturally homogenous world. It was largely Hispanic, Catholic, and conservative. That all changed when she enrolled in public...

    • Uzoma Orchingwa

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      Born in Chicago, Uzoma Kenneth Orchingwa is the son of Nigerian immigrants. He spent his childhood in Aba, Nigeria, returning to the United States at the age of eight with his family, in search of a...

    • Shivani Radhakrishnan

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      Shivani Radhakrishnan was born in Middletown, New York, to Indian parents from Bangalore and Baroda who met while working together in the Catskills. Growing up around Gujarati and Tamil, and studying...

    • Sanjena Sathian

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      The daughter of Indian immigrants who raised her in Bible Belt Georgia, Sanjena Anshu Sathian connected with her twin cultures through the page. She grew up reading Hindu mythological comic books and...

    • Lorenzo Sewanan

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      Lorenzo Rakesh Sewanan was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, to Indo-Caribbean parents who migrated there in the 1970s from Guyana to escape the economic and political unrest of the Socialist regime....

    • Ashvin A. Swaminathan

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      Born in New Providence, New Jersey, Ashvin A. Swaminathan is the son of Indian immigrants who embody the American Dream. From his parents, both of whom earned graduate degrees in the United States...

    • Xuan Hong Thi Tran

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      Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Xuan Hong Thi Tran grew up with a deep sense of justice, having learned about Vietnam’s history through her family’s harrowing past. In 2010, after a...

    • Võ Tiến Phong

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      Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Võ Tiến Phong learned his earliest lessons of dāna (generosity), prajñā (insight), and mettā (compassion) when visiting Buddhist temples with his grandmother and parents. In...

    • Maria Vertkin

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      Maria Vertkin was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and lived in Israel for five years before immigrating to the United States at age eleven. Through the economic and social hardships of two...

    • Jinyan Zang

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      Jinyan Zang is working to ensure that digital technologies and innovations reflect American values. He identifies conflicts between technology and the nation’s laws and traditions in areas such as...

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