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Dafne Franco – Young Trailblazers to Follow 2019


Photographs by Hector Gutierrez


"Dafne has managed to achieve her ancestors´wildest dreams through her dedication, hard work and poise. Dafne and I grew a strong bond throughout my senior year at Sacred Heart University. She became a shoulder for me to cry on while I applied for Law School, a person to look up to and a person to grow with. The impact Dafne has left on my life, she leaves with everyone she encounters. Maya Angelou once said, “Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” Her passion to help others has led her to fearlessly speak out on issues of social justice and immigration with the vocation to become a lawyer. Dafne is a student, a leader, a role model, a sister, a daughter and an amazing friend."

– Julia Hutchinson


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TRAILBLAZER?


To be a trailblazer means that you are creating a path for yourself and for others to follow.  It is also someone who is going to do big things throughout their lifetime.


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CREATOR? HOW DO YOU MANIFEST YOUR CREATIVITY?


To be a creator means being able to start something from scratch and make it grow. I don’t really know how I manifest my creativity. I sort of envision what I want whether that be for an event, for myself or an idea. Then I just make the vision come to life. People often make fun of me and say “Dafne has her vision” because once I have my vision, I want to make it a reality.


HOW DID SACRED HEART SHAPE YOUR CAREER AND PURPOSE?


I think Sacred Heart helped me to give me the knowledge that I have now which I will need in the future. I also think that the faculty here is such a great support system throughout everything. Specifically, Dr. Gary Rose, who has been my professor and advisor throughout my SHU career. His classes have given me insight in the fields that I enjoy the most which are politics and law. At the same time I think the Career Development office has also helped me lift off the start of my career by helping me find my first internship with Congressman Jim Himes, and help me edit my long resume. Shoutout to Corey Stokes, she’s a real one.