Six years ago, when Gabi Diligent arrived in the United States, the odds of achieving the elusive American dream were not in her favor. The 22-year-old had just left her native Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake. Arriving in the greater Boston area with her mother and five siblings, Diligent didn’t speak a word of English.Today, she speaks it effortlessly. What’s more, she has a driver’s license, owns a home, and is working toward her high school diploma. And just last year, Diligent became a U.S. citizen.“My life has changed over the last four years,” she told an audience who gathered Tuesday evening for a dinner celebrating the 14 Harvard employees who this year became U.S. citizens with help from the Harvard Bridge Program. “I have accomplished a lot. I am very proud of how far I have come.”She has reason to be. After securing a position in custodial and cleaning services at Harvard, Diligent connected with the Bridge Program, an education and training curriculum offering courses in career, language, and computer skills to Harvard faculty and staff. The program pairs prospective citizens with student volunteer tutors from the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School. Since the program began in 1998, roughly 231 new citizens have completed it.“The Bridge Program means a lot to me,” Diligent said.“Citizenship is not something to be taken for granted,” Harvard President Drew Faust told the audience. “For those of us who were born in this country and didn’t have to pass a test — and didn’t have to be challenged — we remind ourselves today that it is an enormous privilege to have citizenship, and that it comes with very special responsibilities.”The test Faust referred to was the civics component of the naturalization test. All applicants for citizenship must memorize 100 questions and answers covering American history, civics, and government. With the aid of a Bridge Program tutor, Diligent worked tirelessly to master all of the topics.Other speakers included Maggie Williams, director of the IOP, who briefly told of her own family history and their struggles emerging from poverty. “We honor your journey to citizenship, and I am grateful for all you have done and will do to enrich this country,” she said.Lars Madsen (from left), speaks of his path to citizenship as President Drew Faust, Maggie Williams, Maria Mendoza, and Raquel Leslie listen. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerCarol Kolenik, director of the Bridge Program, summed up its spirit by quoting the legendary humanitarian Albert Schweitzer: “The purpose of the human life is to serve, and to show compassion, and the will to help others.”Tamara Suttle, program coordinator and instructor at the Bridge Program, described how this spirit is exemplified in Joseph Passeri, a program instructor who was honored Tuesday. Passeri teaches language and citizenship classes at Harvard Medical School for custodial staff who work the evening shifts. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights he teaches from 10 p.m. to midnight, and on Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.“Thank you for your dedication to your students, and all you’ve given the program over the last 15 years,” said Suttle.Civic responsibility, for citizens old and new, was an overarching theme. Lars Peter Knoth Madsen, Faust’s chief of staff and a native of Denmark who last year became a citizen, reminded the audience of the importance of voting rights, a sentiment that echoed Faust.“As I congratulate the new citizens, I also want to say to those who have been citizens for a long time, remember how precious your citizenship really is, and use it,” said Faust. “Take up not just its privileges, but also its responsibilities, in service … to one another and to the larger ideal of what citizenship must mean in this country, which is openness and opportunity and the embracing of difference, and the recognizing that we are all stronger if we are together as we think about what this country can be.”
UEFA have announced that Russia will host the 2023 Super Cup despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommending the nation should not be allowed to host major competitions. The European governing body revealed on Monday that the 2023 clash between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League will take place at the Kazan Arena. Russia was already set to host a number of matches during the summer’s pan-continental European Championship. But while the nation recently avoided a blanket ban from the Olympics and other major sporting events, WADA recommended late last year that they should be prevented from hosting sporting events for at least four years. This is because they had been part of an ‘extremely serious’ case of non-compliance around doping issues. Liverpool celebrate after winning the 2018/19 Champions league There were a series of breaches of the World Anti-Doping Code carried out by Russia to lead to the decision. Read Also WADA asks CAS for public hearing on Russia doping case Loading… WADA also recommended that Russia would not be allowed to bid for any events during the sanctioned period. In addition, they cannot bid for the right to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. UEFA’S UPCOMING FINALS 2022 Women’s Champions League final: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy 2023 Women’s Women’s Champions League final: Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Holland 2022 Europa League final: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary 2022 Super Cup final: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 2023 Super Cup final: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?