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Lakshi De Vass Gunawardena

she/her/hers

Service Project: The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC

Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grantmaking

I am from Plymouth, Minnesota. Something unique about me is that I am a member of three honors societies, most notably Phi Beta Kappa! Move for America's mission resonates profoundly with me because I am a firm believer in community and building community, and that the love and compassion between people is humanity's greatest strength.

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Hurt by Johnny Cash

This is very much the story of my life, in terms of how perfectly it encaptures the self doubt and depression I struggle with, even now. It is a reminder that sometimes feeling pain is okay, and life can hurt but that it is not too late. 

 Only the Brave by Louis Tomlinson

I love the lyrics of this one as well as the metaphor. It serves as a reminder to live life in all its fullest, no matter how scary it may be, and that while only I can dictate my own actions I still have those around me to hold my hand and love me. 

Desi Girl Vaishali Sagar

This is a song from a Bollywood movie, though the lyrics ring true. It serves as a fun reminder to be proud of my femininity as well as my South East Asian heritage and brown skin tone! 

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