I was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. My mother immigrated from Santa Tecla, El Salvador in the early 1980s. The ongoing spiritual journey within higher education and direct service is a mere reflection of the built-in value system organized by my mother, a visionary. Education and service were essential components of my early development. I am a first-generation alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley. After college, I served our country as a Lasallian Volunteer, a national volunteer organization rooted in principles of community, service, and faith. The organization is an operating branch of AmeriCorps, which awarded me the Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award and the Lasallian Scholarship for my commitment to serving under-served populations. As an Americorps volunteer, I was an academic caseworker for court-adjudicated students returning home from Rhode Island’s correctional facilities. The experience marked a transformation as a lifelong learner and advocate for community empowerment. The youth and families I mentored were of Afro-Latino Caribbean backgrounds.
From 2012-14, I completed a graduate program in student services and family therapy at Saint Mary's College of California. During my practicum, I provided mental health and student services at the Chicana Latino Student Development Office located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Any experiential wisdom I have acquired throughout my personal and academic journey requires that I frame any accomplishments within a spirit of gratitude. Every student I worked with has added a deep sense of fulfillment to my life. Similarly, I want to thank all my dedicated colleagues who enhance the character of our country by converting educational investments into future benefits for our society.
University of California
Political Science, BA
Saint Mary's College of California
College Student Services, MA
Marriage and Family Therapy, MA