Rothschild Toussaint '22
Rothschild Toussaint was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on October 22nd, 2000. After an earthquake struck his country in 2010, he and his family emigrated to the United States. Picking up English quickly through watching cartoons, Rothschild finished high school and began his college experience at The Honors College at Miami Dade. After earning his Associate of Arts, he then transferred to Dartmouth in the Fall 2020 term where he is planning to pursue a Geography modified with Economics major, with a minor in International Studies. Drawing from his experiences of living in Haiti and in the United States, Rothschild's interest in Human Development grew as he noticed the stark difference in the quality of life in two countries that are less than 700 miles apart. Rothschild is also a Great Issue Scholar, a member of World Outlook, and part of The Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry. He has three quotes that he lives by: " Strive for greatness," "To whom much is given, much is required," and "One day or day one, you decide."
In Winter and Spring 2021, Rothschild was supported by the Human Development program in a research assistantship with Professor Chelsey Kivland.
In his free time, Rothschild enjoys listening to music, playing and watching Basketball, Soccer, and Football, reading, researching on topics that he finds interesting, and hanging out with family and friends.
Rothschild's specific interests in Human Development are finding solutions to global poverty and environmental degradation. He wants to ensure that those living in poverty have enough resources to flourish, but not compromise the ability of future generations to share in abundance. Through this Fellowship, he hopes to deepen his understanding of the political and socio-economic complexities behind the world's critical issues while finding statistically concrete and human-centered solutions to rectify them. He also hopes to continue enhancing his cultural sensitivity and critical thinking skills, which are important when tackling pressing world issues.