On Wednesday, October 10, 40 Under Forty honoree Rahsmia Zatar ’06 returned to campus to speak with students as part of the Alumni in Residence discussion series, hosted by the Alumni Association and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) department.
As the Executive Director of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, a non-profit focused on youth and gang violence prevention, Zatar spoke with students, not only about her work empowering minority communities, but about her personal experiences with class and race on Long Island. Growing up impoverished in an affluent community, Zatar used her background as a driving force in her career.
“What an honor to sit with such an amazing and thoughtful group of Stony Brook alumni,” said Zatar. “They gave me so much hope.”
The format of the Alumni in Residence discussion series offered students a unique opportunity to engage with Zatar in an informal group or individual setting during her visit, providing valuable moments for mentorship.
“Hearing Rahsmia Zatar talk about being Latina on Long Island really put into perspective the challenges that the Latino community faces,” said current student, Anna Correa. “She used her education and background to build up local communities and help minorities throughout Long Island.”
For more information on alumni mentoring or to request an alumni speaker, please visit the Alumni Association website.