Witnesses & Visionaries: ND TRiO Scholars attend public dialogue with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

As campaigns for the 2016 local and national elections heat up, you will find most teens are more interested in homecoming football games and fall formals. However, after a public dialogue with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, ND TRiO scholars quickly changed their perspective on politics and the potential of their dreams.

After insisting students of color as well as first-generation students were in attendance, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice discussed a wide range of professional and personal issues arising from her life and career. In an auditorium filled with 800+ attendees, Justice Sotomayor caught he attention of Upward Bound sophomore, Rebekah Amaya with her warmth and candor. "The awe-inspiring opportunity of being able to hear Justice Sotomayor instilled hope in me that the goals I have set for my future are attainable."

When asked of how to hold on to impossible dreams, the Justice responded, "Experience has taught me, you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true. Their real value is instilling in us the will to aspire." Tearfully and in awe, ND TRiO scholars became witnesses and visionaries of the impossible dream.