Cindy Ewing '00
Completing her Ph.D. in History at Yale
Greetings! Thank you for deciding to learn more about De La Salle Academy. My name is Cindy Ewing and I am a graduate of the class of 2000. Attending DLSA transformed my life, taking me out of dangerous
classrooms and opening possibilities for me beyond my imagination. My parents arrived in the United States as refugees from Cambodia. They lost their homes and family, but survived the brutal concentration camps under the Khmer Rouge.
I was the first in my family to be born in the United States and throughout my childhood, we experienced poverty and severe economic dislocation. Yet my parents held to their belief in education and devoted their lives to teaching English to
other refugees, sharing what little we had with others.
I attended public schools in the Bronx. When the opportunity arose in 5th grade for me to apply to De La Salle, my parents encouraged me to try out. I write “try out” because admission to DLSA is no small matter. One is evaluated by several measures of talent — academic promise and character equally. Out of thousands of children in New York City, just a few dozen are selected. For me, it was my golden ticket.
At DLSA, I discovered new depths of learning and found a home in a vast city that often terrified me. Even in the bleak mornings and on long subway rides, I knew I was headed to a good place, where I was loved and encouraged to be my best. In those three years, I learned to speak up for myself and express my thoughts in writing, not only in English but in other languages. Latin and French classes at De La Salle are legendary! After DLSA, I enrolled in a private preparatory school and won a full scholarship to Harvard. In these years, I had the honor of working with my younger brothers and sisters at the DLSA college preparatory program. Over five summers, we went over personal essays, interview skills, and one-on-one SAT tutoring. I am proud of what so many De La Salle alumni have done with their education and the ways they have channeled their gifts to serve others.
Presently, I am completing my Ph.D. in History at Yale. My scholarship focuses on the contributions of developing nations to international human rights law, which is an academic inquiry as well as the basis of my global activism on behalf of at-risk women and youth in Asia and the Middle East. I hope to become a university professor and educate our next generation of leaders, teachers, and activists, both to think critically about our past but also to see their responsibility in shaping our future. These ideas and values were first instilled in me by my parents, but through De La Salle, they became real to me as a path of lifelong learning and service. De La Salle is a unique education and community found nowhere else, available to students who
need it the most.
Come check it out and be a part of our family!