First and foremost, I’ll answer the basic “what do you do” and “who are you” question that people usually ask when they want to know about you. My name is Denise Pazmino, but most people call me “D” or “Dnice” (I couldn't make that one up if I wanted too). I'm a rising junior studying public administration with a focus on Human Services and Gender Studies. I'm a New Yorker born and raised so when it came time to apply for colleges, of course my best fit was here in NYC at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After the “what do you do’s” and “who are you’s” comes the “what do you want to do with your life?” As of now, I know I aspire to work in Higher Education. However, I am still young and a work in progress so my career field may stray somewhere else.
I’d describe myself as a curious, enthusiastic, free spirited scholar. The time I’ve spent at at John Jay College thus far has allowed me to tap into a topic I never knew I would love: social injustice. I believe our main goal in life is to be happy and we should support others in their pursuit for happiness regardless of age, sex, color, race, sexuality. Learning about different types of social injustices has allowed me to see life in a new perspective. The mistreatment, abuse, or discrimination of someone due to their race, religion, sexuality, etc is a ridiculous notion but it happens every day, every hour, every minute. I am an advocate for justice and fair treatment for everyone. I believe different cultures, experiences, and a variety of people create an enriching, interesting, and meaningful society. As Maya Angelou once said, ‘We are more alike, my friends, than unlike’.
My goal as a curator of the site is to teach, enlighten, and hopefully inspire others to be more accepting of one another. We may not understand why someone does something or why a culture practices certain traditions, but it is our job to accept them for who they are.