This summer, we had the incredible opportunity to hear from Foundation Donor Charlene Collazo Goldfield, Theta Gamma, and learn more about how Phi Mu Foundation has impacted her life.
In a world full of “No’s”, Phi Mu has always been my yes every step of the way. People always ask me why I have made Phi Mu, a sorority, such a big part of my life.
But, what I explain to them is the support system I have found and the confidence that I have developed because of my involvement. Whether it was allowing me to be Chapter President and continue the rich tradition of a chapter that was established just three years after our alma mater opened its doors to underclassmen and now is a fabric of opportunity for first-generation college students like myself or it was selecting me to be a chapter consultant and make a difference in the lives of other Phi Mu’s across the country.
Even after I wasn’t sure what my future would be after having to cut my consultant work short due to health problems, Phi Mu Foundation provided me a graduate scholarship that assisted me with choosing a graduate program that would be my building block to my path to policy and law school. Phi Mu Foundation and this scholarship came at a time when I was overcome by worry about my health, career and so it definitely helped me defray my costs to start my higher education administration work at my alma mater, FIU, with a focus on K-16 policy work. It was this program that allowed me to work on and publish research on promoting retention and graduation among minority students at Hispanic serving institutions. I knew that policy and governance was my calling and I wanted to make a difference in D.C., so through my graduate program, I was able to work for a policy think tank in DC, which allowed me to continue discussing my research on fostering minority student success. All this work assisted me in building my resume so that I could, later on, attend American University, Washington College of Law, from which I graduated with cum laude honors in 2016. Currently, I clerk for Presiding Magistrate Judge Joseph E. Beshouri of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, and while I enjoyed my work on K-16 policy, in law school, I found I could contribute my passion to greater work – national security and cybersecurity.
Overall, it is Phi Mu that has always been the yes when many have told me no. It has given me great friends, great women to advise and most importantly, a sense of confidence in myself. Specifically, Phi Mu Foundation has created a ripple effect of success in my life and for that I am grateful.
On behalf of all the other remarkable Phi Mu’s who have also received these scholarships, I want to thank Phi Mu Foundation, Phi Mu, its donors and dedicated staff, for being our yes.