From Student to Professor-Meet Dominica’s Own Alice Michelle Augustine

In 2000,  Alice Michelle Augustine moved to the US from Dominica with her family-she was on a journey to succeed.

Six years later, as a student at Lehman College, Augustine won the highly competitive Soros Fellowship. She was the only New York City undergraduate selected from a nationwide competition, which drew nearly 800 applicants from 257 undergraduate and 150 graduate institutions.

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Professor Alice Michelle Augustine-Dominica

But her success did not end there, just three years after winning the Soros Fellowship, Augustine added another achievement to her list of accomplishments: a prestigious Fulbright grant from the U.S. Department of State. By then she had achieved a bachelor’s in English and Political Science from Lehman College. This new grant offered her an opportunity to expand her work in social justice.

Today she serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor & Director, Office of Prestigious Awards at Lehman College. In her role she serves as a resource and adviser to students looking to broaden their goals through scholarships, fellowships and other honors.

In an interview with NY Daily News featured section CARIBBEAT, Augustine said,

—   “I want my students to understand that it is possible for them. I try to tell them there is nothing very special about me

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When I speak to my students, there’s a level of empathy, because I’ve walked this road. I was a new immigrant. I didn’t think college was for me. I offer a shoulder to cry on, and there’s always a meal in my office. There is family and community here.”

This is a remarkable journey for this Caribbean woman who hails from the small island of Dominica to now changing the lives of students from across the globe in a positive way.

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