Angelica Duque 2nd Year Political Studies/Medicine Double Major
University of Miami
I believe that diversity in representation ensures fair and just policy implementation for
everyone– especially Latino and minority communities.
Ashley Toruno 4th Year Public Policy Major
Indiana University Bloomington
Inspired by the resilient successes of my mother, who despite facing great adversity achieved
a better life for our family in the U.S., instilled in me lies profound motivation to empower
the Latino community. I aspire to impact my community by breaking down barriers that create
obstacles to equal success for marginalized communities.
Carina Rodriguez Jaimes 4th Year Psychology Major
I choose to make myself heard because mi gente has been silenced for too long.
Cristobal Villegas Graduate Student
Master of Public Administration
University of Utah
Showing up is half the fight, the other half is speaking up. If we don't speak up, others will speak
for us causing our stories to be rewritten.
Dariann Rickerson 3rd Year
I have been inspired to do work that is bigger than myself: fighting the various systems of
oppression that are limiting my fellow brothers and sisters from receiving adequate health
and justice. Helping others gives my life purpose.
Felipe Galvis-Delgado 4th Year Political Studies Major
As a Latino immigrant, I have received countless opportunities
that many other members
of my community have not. I feel it is my responsibility to help other Latinos empower
themselves to fight against the inequalities and discrimination our community faces.
Fernanda Herrera 4th Year
As a child, I never saw anyone who looked like me in positions of power at my parents’ jobs,
at school, or in movies—this made me doubt that I could ever be a leader. Now, I have the
opportunity to take these positions myself and advocate for more representation so that
generations after us can better envision themselves as leaders
and speak on behalf of their communities.
Ildefonso Celis 3rd Year Political Studies/Business Double Major
Arizona State University
As a Latino leader, I am driven by the opportunities to promote academic and personal
success, while emphasizing the importance of community service and civic engagement.
Isiah Iniguez 3rd Year Public Policy/Education Studies Double Major
The system has failed people of color and other marginalized groups. I will not be a bystander.
We all deserve better schooling, health care, jobs, opportunities - an overall better life.
Jackeline Guillen 3rd Year Political Studies Major
Public Policy Minor
I am an advocate because it’s easy to complain about what you don’t like but you can’t really say you care about something unless you try to do something about it. If you want something to change, you have to start somewhere
Jennifer Salcedo 3rd Year Business Major
A brighter future for the Latino community lies within education.
Jocelyn Gonzalez 5th Year Neuroscience Major
Political Studies Minor
University of California, Davis
We should never underestimate our advocacy; it has the power to make the differences
we envision for our communities.
Karla Rodriguez Beltran 4th Year English Major
Nevada State College
Mariana Garcia Medina 4th Year Political Science Major
Portland State University
Mi comunidad y los sacrificios de mi familia are my drive to be a leader who is actively
building others up, so that together we can achieve our dreams, give back to our community
and fight for equity and human rights
Merivet Lombera 2nd Year Public Relations/Physiology Double Major
Yakima Valley College
My siblings future, the struggle that our latinx community face and the need for mental health and support based resources in higher education motivates me to be a latinx leader.
Nicolas Hernandez Graduate Student
University of Texas at Dallas
What drives me to be a Latino leader is the guidance my mother has set for me in order for to give back to the community, to excel in my abilities and with my experiences to help those in dire need. For this and many more reasons, my mother is not only my greatest asset but of course my role model as well. Teach for America Scholar
Penelope Durand 5th Year Political Studies/Psychology Major
My mother is an immigrant who works hard to provide for me so that I can have a voice.
Now it’s my time to do the same for her and for others like her.
Ruben Lebron 5th Year Economics/Political Studies Double Major
Wichita State University
In 2060, Latinos will comprise a third of the U.S. population. If Latinos succeed, America will succeed.
Stephanie Gomez 5th Year History/Political Studies Double Major
University of Houston
The conditions of one’s birth do not dictate what the can or cannot accomplish. We are all
here because of the sacrifices of those before me, and I will continue to lay the groundwork for
the success of the Latino leaders that come after me.
Yessenia Cantero Hernandez 1th Year Pharmacology Major
Northern Kentucky University
I’m an advocate because if I didn’t stand up for myself and others like me, then who would?
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