Name: Taji Alessandra Hutchins
Graduation Year from Saint Andrew’s: 2008
High School: Archbishop Mitty High School
College: Harvard College
Major/ Degree: Government, with a secondary field in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights
Taji Alessandra Hutchins graduated from Saint Andrew’s in 2008 before attending Archbishop Mitty High School and Harvard College. While at Harvard College, she channeled her passion for law and volunteering into community assistance for immigrant populations in the Boston area.
Hutchins grew up hearing about how her grandparents and mother immigrated from Panama to the United States. Their experience gave her deep insights into the value of providing resources to immigrants in their native language. As a volunteer with Harvard Legal Services Center and Somerviva — a community engagement initiative led by the City of Somerville — Hutchins translated documents, meetings, and phone calls from English into Spanish and Portuguese.
Through this community-driven work, Hutchins helped families apply for low-income housing and built on the principles she learned at Saint Andrews. In fact, Hutchins still remembers the qualities listed in the “character matters” song she sang at Saint Andrew’s: trustworthiness, responsibility, citizenship, respect, fairness, caring. Now, as a Legal Assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City, Hutchins continues to build her career on her passion for law and a deep sense of community.
Name: Chandra Ingram
Graduation Year from Saint Andrew’s: 2012
High School: Sacred Heart Preparatory
College: University of Southern California
Major/ Degree: International Relations and the Global Economy, Pre-Law, Dornsife College and B.A. in Journalism, Annenberg School
While attending Saint Andrew’s, Chandra Ingram began writing a 300-page novel about modern-day child slavery in India. Ingram felt a strong pull to shed a light on this prevalent international issue, and as a student, she understood that authors can give a voice to the voiceless. “Powerful stories, with inspirational and horrific characters, have the power to touch our hearts and turn our minds,” said Ingram.
Chandra Ingram’s time at Saint Andrew’s sparked six years of intensive research, writing and editing that culminated in her debut novel Freedom Child.
Her passion for human rights inspired her to draw on experiences in India and visiting other countries — Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, Egypt, South Africa, Indonesia, and Malaysia — in the course of her work as an author.
This passion for change and deep sense of character also manifested in multiple academic achievements. In the summer of 2015, Ingram received a scholarship from her high school to write a human rights curriculum for the DRIK School in Chickballapur, Karnataka. During her Senior Honors Independent Study, Ingram deepened her academic study of the topic to write, “The influence of corruption, poverty, and the caste system on Modern Day Slave Labor in India, and the power of self-identity and India's public policy as solutions.”
Ingram embodies the Saint Andrew’s core value of character by consistently and persistently advocating for unheard voices at the heart of a daunting, international human rights issue.