As a first-generation scholar myself, I have experienced stress, uncertainty, and self-doubt in higher education. Mentoring others so they don't go through the same experience is important to me. To do so, I approach this experience by listening to, understanding, advising, and empowering my mentees through college.
My previous mentoring experience includes serving as a:
Faculty Mentor in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, First-Gen Student Division, at MSU.
Mentor in the Advising, Connecting, and Empowering Mentorship Program for Latinx freshmen at UIUC.
Research Mentor for 6 advanced undergraduate students in Spanish, Linguistics, and Speech and Hearing Sciences.
I believe good leadership involves listening to people, building a sense of community, mapping the needs, and creating inspiring goals to overcome them. These ideas align with my personality, and that's why I have held the following leadership positions:
President of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Organization (SPGO)
During the 18-19 and 20-21 AYs, I was the spokesperson for SPGO, the main liaison between faculty and students, and organized social and fundraising events. My biggest initiative was conducting monthly professionalization workshops for students on campus (see sessions and materials HERE).
Senator in Illinois Student Government (ISG) and the UIUC Campus Senate.
I was a senator for the Graduate College during the 2020-2022 term. My goal in ISG and the Senate was to represent, be the voice of, and advocate for international students on campus. I also aimed for a well-informed campus environment where students can feel prepared to navigate school.
Apart from leading projects, I have always been a team player. I believe that a greater final product can be achieved by combining the strengths that each team member brings to the table.
Here's a selected list of the committees I have been a part of:
First Gen Access and Equity Committee (within the LSA).
Our goal is to empower first-generation linguists, highlight the work and careers of first-gen linguists, and educate others about the strengths and resourcefulness of first-gen linguists.
The Kingfisher Taskforce (within ISG).
Our goal is to create a new mascot as a unifying symbol for school spirit at UIUC, enhance existing traditions, and develop new ones in a way that is inclusive and enjoyable for everyone.