Fun and weird fact: Sandy Athenaise Durosier initials spell “sad”. She was born in Boston, MA and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti until the age of 14 when she moved with her family to Miami, FL and graduated from North Miami Beach Senior High. As a QuestBridge Scholar, Sandy achieved her BA from Wesleyan University in 2013 and majored in Biology with a minor/certificate in creative writing focusing on non-fiction. Sandy worked as a research scientist and concluded her MS from the University of New Haven in 2016 with a thesis: Do the Secreted Factors from MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells Induce Cancer-related Cachexia during Muscle Cell Differentiation? As a “minority” in the STEM field and a QuestBridge scholar, Sandy understands the importance of opportunity and access to resources and higher education especially amongst low-income, first-gen students. She has worked at Higher Edge as a success advisor before returning to Wesleyan as an Area Coordinator to oversee residential colleges, the Butterfields, provide support, resources, and outreach to students. Sandy continues to be involved in her local community through volunteer projects via her local church and other non-profits. She works part-time at The Bushnell in Hartford to satisfy her love of the arts-dance, theater, and performance. She is approachable and friendly. She enjoys spending quality time with her family members, hanging out with friends, traveling to new places, working out at OTF, cooking, and baking, learning new things, and helping others.
QuestBridge Alum, Wesleyan ‘13 Area Coordinator