One of Harvard Law School's newest graduates did something very special. You see, most people don't pay attention to the workers who help keep the school running smoothly. But this student was different. He took the time to thank and appreciate the workers, which made them feel really good.
The student's name is Rehan Staton. Before embarking on his Harvard Law journey, he toiled in sanitation, refurbishing dumpsters. He experienced firsthand the sting of judgment and disregard cast upon him and his colleagues. Yet, instead of succumbing to bitterness, Rehan chose humility and transformed his experiences into a catalyst for change.
This student's gesture stands out, prompting curiosity among the staff members. "What is this young person's angle?" This shares their initial skepticism. However, upon learning about this student's background, a revelation strikes. Rehan sees the value in them because he is one of them.
Earlier this year, Rehan established The Reciprocity Effect, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that Harvard Law's support staff receive not just recognition but genuine celebration. Thus, the inaugural Support Staff Awards Bank was born which is an occasion where custodians, cafeteria workers, and every individual instrumental in shaping the institution were honored. It was a beautiful affair, reminiscent of Hollywood's glamorous Oscars.
The impact of Rehan's initiative has been immeasurable. Staff members found their hearts filled with gratitude for finally being seen and valued. Indeed, appreciation, no matter how small, is so important, especially for those that so many people overlook.
I think the lesson here is to be kind to people because you never know what someone else is going through. Your kindness towards them could positively change their day.