- MAJOR: Law and Society
- COLLEGE: University of Pennsylvania
I grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Since I was 7 or 8 I’ve seen racial profiling on the streets. I’ve been racially profiled myself. I’ve seen overpolicing. I’ve seen people get scammed out of their resources. I was taught a strict script on what to say to the police. I’ve seen the struggles of neighbors who weren’t fortunate to go to a school as good as Tech.
Consistently having those experiences with people I care about impacted me. I want to change the criminal justice system for the better. I want to combat legal discrimination. I want to serve my community.
Gabrielle Cayo’s activist work has been featured on Good Morning America, the BBC and Gothamist.
On a student advisory committee for the New York City schools chancellor, she researched and advocated for culturally responsive education: “There isn’t enough of it in the schools and it doesn’t do justice to our cultural diversity. When you dumb down history it makes people make the same mistakes again. It makes people feel they are not being seen or heard in the classroom.”
Gabrielle has interned for Senator Chuck Schumer and spoken before the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. At Tech she headed the Black Students Union. In college she is studying political science on a pre-law track.
I want to change the criminal justice system for the better. I want to combat legal discrimination. I want to serve my community.
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