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The New You Peer Health Advocates oral history project ➔ Audio interview with Christina Jean-Louis

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New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections (publisher)
Christina Jean-Louis (interviewee)
Anna Robinson-Sweet (interviewer)


October 24 2019


Christina Jean-Louis was interviewed by Anna Robinson-Sweet on October 24, 2019. Jean-Louis graduated from The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) in 2016. The interview begins with Jean-Louis talking about her family background, growing up in Haiti, and moving to the United States to attend college at Pennsylvania State University. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti occurred during her final semester at Penn State, and Jean-Louis speaks about returning to Haiti after college to work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and do freelance journalism. About a third of the way through the interview, Jean-Louis turns to speaking about her decision to enroll at GPIA. She talks about her involvement with the peer health advocate (PHA) program, and the community and mentorship she found within the program.  Jean-Louis also discusses the other activities she was involved with at The New School, including The New Black School, and her coursework at GPIA. At the end of the interview, Jean-Louis talks about her work after graduating from The New School as an organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and the Sadie Nash Leadership Project and her decision to leave New York and return to Haiti. Jean-Louis concludes by reflecting on how she feels she will always be a part of the PHA community.

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