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Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2014: Mary David

Office of Civil Rights
May 1, 2014


Date: 05/01/2014 Description: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2014: Mary David - State Dept Image Often a surprise to those who hear her name before meeting her, Mary David is Indian American. She lived in Goa, India as a baby and spent most of her childhood in Maryland. After earning her law degree from the George Washington University Law School, Ms. David joined the legal section of Overseas Citizen Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. She later transitioned into the Outreach and Training division.

Ms. David is part of the Asian-American Foreign Affairs Association and Executive Women at State. She connects most with her Indian heritage through traditional Indian dance, which she began performing in college at the University of Mary Washington. Ms. David was an active member of the Asian Student Association and danced almost every year in the annual Multicultural Fair, an event which draws crowds from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Since college, Ms. David has performed many dance styles including salsa, bachata, belly dance, and Brazilian zouk.

Being raised Indian American afforded Ms. David unique opportunities to embrace the richness of cultural diversity in the United States. She enjoys speaking on Indian-American/Asian identity and challenging racial “norms.” Ms. David has family in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Zealand, Scotland, and France.


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