Categories: Spotlight on our Network
Hi Nancy! Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, but my parents are both originally
from Ghana. I am a current senior at Georgetown studying Healthcare
Management and Policy and I am also pursuing a certificate in International
Health. On campus I am involved with the Minority Health Initiative Council
where I am spearheading the "Mission Nutrition" health education program,
the African Society of Georgetown where I have served as the organizations
Treasurer for the past two years, Diversity Action Council as the Finance
Chair, and Diversability where I currently serve as the Vice President.
Tell us about Diversability. How did you become involved with the
As a student living with Erbs Palsy, I champion diversity and disability
awareness at Georgetown, so when the idea of Diversability was brought to my attention, I immediately got involved. Diversability was created in response
to the lack of disability awareness and programming on campus. We are
dedicated to bringing together students with disabilities and their allies
to raise disability awareness and encourages students to think critically
about what it means to be a student with a disability.
What's the biggest challenge you and your fellow leaders face at
For the past almost 3 years, one of our main concerns was growing the
organization to one that had a strong presence at Georgetown. It took a lot
of diligent planning and programming, but we learned what worked and what
didn't. Now, I would say our biggest challenge is growing our leadership. We
want Diversability to appeal to the underclassmen as an organization that
they would want to lead. The biggest thing is making sure the Diversability
continues on long after we graduate.
Do you see yourself carrying on the work you do in Diversability post
Definitely. It may not be in the same way Diversability works, but creating
a greater awareness about ability is a part of me. I look forward to
entering the professional world and getting to know more people who have
persevered through having a disability. Similarly to how many companies have
racial and gender interests groups, I hope to be a part of one that focuses
What advice can you offer to another student with a disability?
Your disability will teach a lot about perseverance and resilience.
Remember, you are bigger than your body and you were made this way for a
special reason. You may not understand it yet, but there's a greater plan
waiting for you.
Diversability at Georgetown University