for granting me the opportunity to continue my education at Fordham University, and for keeping me focused and determined during these past two years. I would especially like to thank my parents, Kenneth and Minerva Vincent for believing in my dreams and encouraging me every step of the way. I would also like to thank my grandmother, Veronica Vincent for praying for me and being an example of self-less sacrifice. I would also like to acknowledge my siblings, Takiyah Vincent, Akilah Vincent, and Imani Vincent, for providing me with much needed friendship and laughter. Because of their love and encouragement, I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Furthermore, I would like to thank my “cheering section ” Alicia Philip, Kathleen Adams, and Roland Ampadu, your “cheers ” boosted my confidence and kept me motivated when I did not think I would be able to complete this journey. I would also like to thank the following people for their advice and mentorship throughout this thesis: Katherine Scott, John Massay, and my fellow “ETA ” Jenette Sturges
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