Moving from her home of Fiji to Oakland, California as a child, Ozelle Bower was faced with change and resilience at a young age. During her early years in the United States, Ozelle hoped to change herself in order to “fit in” with American culture. Now, reflecting on her experiences as a child and the hardship she faced for being different, Ozelle is able to appreciate and value her culture and encourages others to do the same. In her speech, Ozelle explains the power in accepting what makes you different, even if it is challenging at times.
Ozelle Bower is a sophomore at Elon University, pursuing a Strategic Communications and Public Health double major. She currently works as a student coordinator at The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education.