Program Coordinator, Duke LIFE and David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program
Office of University Scholars & Fellows

Navigating college as a 1GLI Latina immigrant was a challenge. I came from a background where my parents did not have the opportunity to attend nor graduate from high school, much less college. Although they faced a language barrier to understand the school system, they consistently pushed me to do well. Additionally, I had great guidance counselors that helped me take the right classes. Thanks to them, I was able to attend and graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During my time there, I was a part of a student led college access program called Scholars Latino Initiative (now LatinxEd) that focused on mentoring Latinx high school students. In addition to mentoring, we provided SAT prep, tutoring, and parent workshops among other resources. I was fortunate to have found this 1G community that supported my growth and academic success. My journey as a 1GLI student inspired me to pursue a career in this field. Since graduating, I’ve worked in various organizations with the mission of college access and education equity. Currently, I work as a program coordinator with the David M. Rubenstein Scholars. My goal is to support 1GLI students by providing resources to help them thrive at Duke.