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I remember all the challenges and the original dream I had as a
child in Liberia. When I graduate, I want to mentor other students,
help their voices be heard, and give back for all of the blessings I've
received over the years. " - Salwa Bamba
America to live with her uncle, Salwa
focused on graduating high school
and dreamed about her future.
" I would just sit on the beach and
dream about going to medical
school. I would think about my
classes, what my teachers would be
like, and how I would use my medical
education, " she said.
COMING TO AMERICA
In 1998, Salwa escaped Africa to
Aurora, Colorado. She went to the
University of Colorado to earn a
Bachelor of Nursing degree. In time,
her two brothers and mother joined
her in Colorado, but her father had
passed away.
After facing prejudice for her skin
being too light-toned in Liberia,
in America, she was disregarded
by some because her skin was too
dark. She recalls times when medical
professionals assumed the white
person next to her was always the
nurse, but never her. Even in school
at the University of Colorado, she
and other minority students say they
were unfairly criticized and held to
different standards because of the
color of their skin.
" I've realized the experiences that
marginalized us are not normal. We
should not have been treated that
way. It made me feel 'less than' and
not good enough. "
FUTURE VOICES
It came to a head after an altercation with police led to the death of George
Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota. Salwa decided to take a stand.
" George Floyd's situation and the pandemic highlighted social, racial, ethnic,
and economic disparities that minority populations have dealt with for
decades, " said Salwa.
Last year, she, student Omarah Macias and other students created a support
group for minorities on campus called Future Voices.
" Most students who experience discrimination are not talking about it because
they don't feel safe and they don't think they're going to be heard.
They just think, 'I'm going to keep my head down, take care of my family,
survive and graduate. There's a lot of turmoil inside, " she said. " Our goal
with Future Voices is to allow a safe space for their voices to be heard where
they don't fear retaliation. "

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