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Dydine Umunyana Comes to Mayfield

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Dydine Umunyaya shares a message of love and compassion with students at Mayfield Senior School. Photo Credits: Mayfield Crier

Mayfield welcomed guest speaker Dydine Umunyana to campus. A survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, Umunyana shared her experience with students and faculty in a school-wide presentation. Umunyana was a victim of the genocide against the Tutsi people in Rwanda when she was a young child, and she has spent her adult life sharing her experience and spreading messages of love and perseverance. 

She discussed her book Embracing Survival, which details her journey towards survival. Umunyana also also detailed her goal to foster “a global community that values compassion, empathy, and understanding.” Her compassion and bravery inspired students throughout the auditorium, who are all taking her message to heart. The school’s ethnic studies class hosted a Q & A session after her presentation, asking her questions based on what they had learned. The whole class received copies of her autobiography, so that they can continue to learn about Umunyana’s story. 

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Alisa Balian, Co-Editor-In-Chief
Alisa Balian is a senior at Mayfield Senior School. She has been a part of the Mayfield Crier since her sophomore year, and this year she is the Co-Editor-In Chief. Alisa is excited to help the younger students explore their journalistic voice and discover what articles they are passionate about writing. She is a Co-Head for the mental health awareness club BC2M, as well as the club Pride Mixed Media. Alisa tutors students in reading and math and enjoys helping others develop their capabilities. In her free time, Alisa likes to bake, watch movies, hang out with friends, and read. This year, Alisa wants to try as many new local restaurants and cafes as possible. 

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