International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all across Haiti. We honor the day by recognizing a few of the many amazing women in our community, and invite you to celebrate with us by joining our Facebook Live this evening from 5PM - 7PM or supporting our cause to help continue our efforts on the ground to empower our youth.
Research indicates that female leader portrayals help combat gender stereotypes in the classroom. Studies also show that learning about women's accomplishments encourages women students and mentees to share their own expertise—benefiting the entire class.
Mrs. Fidji Tenor is a Believer, was born and raised in Haiti, Carrefour, as the third of 3 brothers. She is married and a Mother to an handsome Son. After her graduation from High School, Fidji was able to enter UEH in Haiti where she spent 2 years in History of Arts before she moved here in USA. Entrepreneur, along with her husband she has multiple businesses. CEO of Fidji’s Enterprises LLC, where she makes skin care products for sensitive skin and sale beauty products as well. Also, own fidji’s Cookhouse LLC ( restaurant and catering business).
Gospel Singer and Minister Fidji is a Writer and Speaker.Mrs. Fidji is the President and Co-host of Limitless Show inc. A non-profit organization and a Tv show where they discuss about tough subjects and allow Men and Women to share their experiences , their knowledge to build others and help people to get back up.
Fidji is a Life coach, a Mentor for many. She is also a social media content creator, Film maker, Producer, script and song Writer in Fidji Prod’z. Event planner such as theatre Play , short film for churches, School and other productions.
Fidji Believes in growth, Self improvements and raising a generation to make impact and be the change in our Society.
A World Away, Making a Difference
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean country of Haiti. With an estimated three million people affected, as well as over 100,000 tragically killed, the country was in dire need of assistance.
Over 5,000 miles away in the small town of Rexburg, Idaho, a young Haitian American student at Brigham Young University–Idaho decided to make a difference. This student was Gina Dorsan of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Being of Haitian descent, she knew immediately following the earthquake that she wanted to help. Looking for ways to volunteer, she boldly reached out to then President Kim B. Clark via email for direction. In a matter of hours, she was connected with Humanitarian Services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once connected with HS, she helped organize a relief project and assemble 200 hygiene kits that were sent to those affected in her native nation. Already considering a degree in public health at the time, this experience solidified her interest in giving back to underserved populations both in and outside the United States.
Now, nearly 12 years to the day of the devastating 2010 Haitian Earthquake, Gina Dorsan is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health at Utah Valley University. After completing her bachelor's degree in Public Health at BYU–Idaho, she went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University. Post-graduation, she worked in the public health field for Comagine Health. In this role, she partnered with community organizations to promote and increase enrollment and attendance in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) classes, primarily assisting Native American populations of Utah in managing or delaying a diabetes diagnosis.
During her time with Comagine Health, Gina gained a desire to teach. While talking to a former professor from BYU Idaho, she was advised to look into Utah Valley University. Describing UVU as a great “teaching school”, she reached out to inquire if there were any teaching opportunities available. She was then connected with current Associate Dean of Health, Sue Jackson. Two years later, she is now a full-time lecturer in the Public Health Department at UVU. In her own words, her favorite part about her role is, “supporting students and sharing my experiences with the next generation of public health professionals.”
Moving forward, Gina hopes to receive her Ph.D. and continue making a difference teaching in the public health field. We are grateful to have Gina as a lecturer in our Department of Public Health!
To learn more about Gina’s interests outside of public health, visit our spotlight on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/uvuchps/.
For more information regarding our public health program, please visit our website at https://www.uvu.edu/publichealth/
Fidji and Gina, they both are part of our team here in the US.
This International Women's Day, we are feeling inspired by our Leaders, Mentors and Mentees like Jennifer (center) and so many others. Our team members on the ground are on a mission to empower young people to change their mindset, create their life and impact their community through mentoring. And they have some creative ways of making an impact in their community.
Today, we joined several local organizations to fund their activities to uplift women across Haiti.