Innovation Council Member
Starting in January 2015, I became part of the core volunteer team at FWD.us and in 2017, they selected me to be part of their Bay Area innovation Council.
FWD.us is an advocacy group that aims to lobby and advocate for immigration reform, changes to the US education system to improve science and technology education, and the facilitation of scientific breakthroughs with broad public benefits. I consult and support on volunteer initiatives strategy and development, as well as on marketing and community engagement.
Social Media Voice
Leveraging Instagram for education and social impact
With the 2016 election, I recognized the power of my digital voice. I started writing on Medium and started leveraging Instagram, a platform I mostly used for personal memorabilia, to share my voice and views on various current events, as well as CTAs for my digital community. This is my way of staying engaged on a digital level, and inspire my network to do the same. The support has been tremendous. Here are some examples:
Co-Founder, Community Organizer for Political & Grassroots Engagement
On November 9, 2016, my roommate Julia Robinson and I sat at our favorite neighborhood cafe in disbelief and talked about wanting to do something after the shocking election events of the night before. Both with a background in activism and community engagement, we were eager to create a space where our friends and community could come together to encourage each other in actively supporting various issues and protecting our rights and the planet. That's how 617 Forum got started, and we held our first event two weeks later. Here is an article I wrote when we first started it.
On our first gathering, we welcomed friends who wanted to get more educated and involved following the election. We discussed how we can all — individually and collectively — contribute our time, expertise, and money to move this country forward for the benefit of all. Because we believe that sustained action is necessary for positive change, we've held gatherings about once a month since then. Reach out if you'd like to join the forum.
Select engagements since moving to the United States
GLOBAL GLIMPSE, BOARD MEMBER
In January 2016, I joined the Bay Area Advisory Board of Global Glimpse, an organization whose mission is to inspire a new generation to become responsible global citizens through leadership training, global education and immersion in the developing world. As a member of the Advisory Board, I am committed to supporting and advancing Global Glimpse through programmatic consulting.
I'm an active member of Wisen, a community for informal learning, connecting learners to Experts over a wide variety of topics (Ed tech, Yoga, Investing for Beginners, etc). The workshops are based on either skill-sharing or knowledge-sharing with the goal of tapping into the knowledge of the neighborhood and build community through learning in an informal, social way.
Engagement with Social Justice issues has played a large role in my high school and college years. While at UNC, I joined the Campus Y, the oldest and largest student service organization with an increased emphasis on entrepreneurial and sustainable strategies for community empowerment. As a member, I co-founded Linking Immigrants to New Communities (LINC), which provided ESL classes, Tutoring and Mentoring services, and Legal resources to Latino immigrants in the area.
NEW YORK TIMES, INTERNATIONAL EDITION, ADVERTISING
During my study abroad semester in Paris, I completed an internship at the International Herald Tribune. Worked closely with advertising directors, the sales team, and the creative team, this experience complemented my Journalism and cultural exchange.
DAILY TARHEEL, EDITORIAL BOARD
As student journalists, the rest of the DTH volunteers and I were solely responsible for all content under the direction of the student editor-in-chief. I wrote articles focused on Campus and City news and was elected to the Editorial Board my Senior year.
JUNTOS PROGRAM, VOLUNTEER
During my first and second year at Carolina, I was a volunteer and mentor for Juntos, an organization that unites community partners to provide Latino 8-12th grade students and their parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to prevent youth from dropping out and to encourage families to work together to gain access to college.
QUE PASA NEWSPAPER, VOLUNTEER
Soon after moving to the States in 2003, I joined Que Pasa, a Spanish language newspaper and media network in North Carolina. From supporting with events for the Latino population to contributing articles, I got direct experience with transcultural journalism.
During my high school summers, I volunteered at the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh. Performing mostly administrative duties, I quickly learned about the legal and administrative immigrant experience.