Interesting story on Stacey Baradit ’09.

Her spine curved and she wore a brace on her back. Her unsettled family was forced to move regularly, shifting like sand from house to house. Once, Stacey Baradit, her mother and young brother had nowhere to live in Danbury except a small, dark basement in the home of a friend.

Three years ago, they were forced to turn to a temporary center for the homeless in Danbury, where they say other tenants stole food and money from them. “We were there for two months but it felt like two years,” Baradit, now 18, said this week. “I’ve never lived in such an environment. They had no scruples.”

There are a bunch of interesting details in this story. For me, the most striking aspect concerns the different ways one can view Baradit. On the one hand, she is a poor Hispanic with signficant medical problems who has overcome all sorts of adversity. In this view, she adds a great deal to “diversity” at Williams. On the other hand, she went to a private school in Connecticut for most of her life, played on the state champion golf team in high school, was born in the US and would never be described as “Hispanic” by anyone who did not know what country (Chile) her parents were born in. Pale-faced golfers from Danbury are generally not thought to add much “diversity” to Williams.

The truth, no doubt, is somewhere in between.

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