Tachana Joseph

Major/Year: Criminology and Political Science with a Minor in Latin American Studies and Public Leadership/4th year
Hometown: Port de Paix, Haiti & Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tachana is a busy scholar who is making her mark at the University of Florida. Born in Haiti, she moved to the United States, with her two sisters, to live with her dad at a young age. She is proud to be a first generation student. “It’s like being a [positive] symbol…for your family and other people who may think, being first generation, higher education is not attainable.” She thinks of herself as a trailblazer and an example for others to go to college. She frequently shares her first generation story through her mentoring opportunities and in leadership on the various clubs and organizations she has been engaged in.

Tachana has served as a Peer Leader for First Year Florida, the Vice President and President of VISA, the largest cultural organization on the UF campus, an active member of the Student Code of Conduct Committee, the former Programs and Research Chair for the NAACP, and the director of various programs with many UF clubs and organizations. She is currently interning with the United States Department of State and will be interning with the Florida Senate for the spring ’15 semester.  She is also a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellow.

The MFOS program has given Tachana the opportunity to be a college student. She appreciates the support that has put her in a place that she did not see herself being in before. She plans to attend graduate school and get a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus in International Development. She hopes to be an advocate for social change. Her interests include international affairs, the US foreign services force, and immigration conflict resolution.

Closing remark: “The little thing that makes you YOU, identify that and don’t be afraid to use it.”