“Transferring will enable me to deepen my knowledge of the violations of women’s human rights in war-torn countries, while bringing me a step closer to my dream of becoming a human rights lawyer, as I am ultimately looking forward to taking part in the existing efforts of advancing women’s rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Recipient
Profile: Therese “Harmonie” Kobanghe Langazo was born and raised in France to a Congolese family. With few opportunities, if any, to attend college in France, Harmonie visited a relative in New York and enrolled at LaGuardia Community College (LCC), a life-changing event for the young Parisian. “After attending my first Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) meeting, a meeting during which I was elected as the chapter SAC liaison, my fellow officers, as well as my advisor saw something in me (a potential to become a leader) that I never knew existed.” Harmonie also served as a PTK Regional Officer after she was elected as the 2011-2012 NY Southern district Vice President. Harmonie graduated in June of 2012 with a near perfect GPA.
Inspiration: “First and foremost, my mother, Marie-Suzanne is my primary source of inspiration,” said Harmonie. “Indeed, when I look at all the challenges that she has to face, as well as all the sacrifices she made in order to provide me with better life opportunities, it really makes me realize how fortunate I am to have such a loving and supportive mother.” In addition, Dr. Karlyn Koh, the Director of the Honors Program at LaGuardia Community College, “has played an undeniable role in my success because she has helped me overcome adversity numerous times and has always been there for me whenever an issue occurred.”
Aspiration: Harmonie’s goal is to become a human rights attorney. In fact, she was quoted in a CUNY news release as saying, "I want to be secretary-general at the United Nations, fighting crimes against humanity."
Making a Difference: Harmonie is a volunteer social worker at the Central Punitive Segregation Unit at Rikers Island, an endeavor she embarked upon alone with no organizational affiliates She works there to help break the cycle of incarceration among young black men. “As a counselor, it was hard to convince these inmates to strive for a brighter future by registering for GED classes while they were incarcerated, but I consider this incredible experience to be an accomplishment because it reinforced my leadership skills while helping the community.”
Accolades: Harmonie was named the 2011 CUNY Caucus Scholar (and interned with NY State Senator Malcolm A. Smith). She also was selected for the 2012 New York All-Academic Team and in 2011 was named a Certified Honors Scholar (Phi Theta Kappa).
Interesting Fact: Living just a short distance from Madison Square Garden, the home of the New York Knicks, Harmonie said she is an avid basketball fan. But she’s not a Knicks fan. “My biggest weakness is Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls!”
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