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Veronica Godina

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1x

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Bio

I'm Verónica Godína, a passionate advocate for immigration rights and juvenile justice. I have a personal connection to immigration rights due to my family's mixed citizenship status. As a student at Brown University, my studies focus on Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Migration Studies, allowing me to comprehend these complex issues. Recently, I volunteered at a Mexico City shelter supporting deported DACA youth, solidifying my commitment to just immigration policies. Studying migration at El Colegio de Mexico further expanded my insight. In Chicago, I volunteer as a translator at a sanctuary church, aiding migrants seeking asylum. As an intern at an all-female-run law firm in Chicago, I assist in the cases of queer and female migrants from Latin America. I aspire to be an immigration lawyer providing pro-bono work at the border for equal access to justice. Committed to juvenile justice, I volunteer at Rhode Island for Community and Justice, participating in non-punitive juvenile hearing boards. I'm honored to serve on the Rhode Island governor-appointed Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Brown has recognized my dedication with honors, including the Bonner Fellowship, Global Experiential Learning and Teaching Grant, and Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award. I'm also a 2x recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. My journey is driven by an unwavering passion for immigration rights and juvenile justice. I strive for a just and inclusive society as an immigration lawyer, supporting marginalized communities and working toward equity.

Education

Brown University

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Ethnic Studies
  • GPA:
    4

University of Chicago Laboratory High School

High School
2017 - 2021
  • GPA:
    3.7

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Law Practice

    • Dream career goals:

    • Country Conditions Researcher

      Valdez and Villim Law Firm
      2022 – Present2 years

    Sports

    Badminton

    Club
    2018 – 20213 years

    Soccer

    Junior Varsity
    2017 – 20214 years

    Research

    • Curriculum and Instruction

      Brown University — Course Developer
      2022 – 2023
    • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other

      Providence Public School District — Course Developer
      2022 – 2022

    Arts

    • Brown University

      Videography
      2022 – 2023

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Peer Leaders — Peer Leader
      2017 – 2021
    • Advocacy

      Rhode Island After School Network — Volunteer
      2023 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Latinos Unidos — Club President
      2017 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Otros Dreams en Acción — Volunteer
      2023 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Bonner Fellowship — Bonner Fellow
      2021 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Becoming Racially Aware and Valuing Ethnicity Conference — Co-Founder
      2017 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America — Tutor
      2020 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Fourth Presbyterian Church — Translator
      2023 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee — Committee Member
      2023 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Rhode Island for Community and Justice — Juvenile Justice Intern
      2021 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Catrina Celestine Aquilino Memorial Scholarship
    In an era plagued by increasing hostility and disdain towards migrants and refugees, I refuse to accept the status quo. Growing up as the daughter of undocumented migrants, I have witnessed the struggles and challenges marginalized communities face firsthand. My community, unjustly branded as criminals, bears the weight of false accusations and relentless stigmatization. These experiences have fueled my ambition to become a pro-bono lawyer at the U.S. border, where I will fight tirelessly for justice, equality, and human rights. The time for change is now, and through my law career, I am determined to make a lasting impact on the world. At the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, I dedicate my time to helping Spanish-speaking asylum seekers who arrived in Chicago with limited resources. As a Spanish translator, I bridge the communication gap, ensuring these individuals have access to crucial resources and support. Witnessing the transformative power of legal assistance, I became unwavering in my commitment to advocate for the rights of the marginalized. Volunteering at Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City, I confronted the plight of deported youth who had grown up in the United States. These young individuals faced the daunting challenge of adjusting to a new life in a foreign country, robbed of the opportunities they had known. As I provided guidance and created activities to foster a sense of belonging, I realized the immense potential within each of them. It solidified my resolve to be an unwavering ally and advocate for those affected by immigration policies. My internship at Valdez & Vilim Law further deepened my understanding of the critical role legal professionals play in navigating the complexities of the immigration system. From researching country conditions to crafting persuasive reports for immigration court, I witnessed the transformative impact that skilled legal representation can have on the lives of vulnerable individuals. I stood alongside clients in courtrooms and consultations, their voices amplified through my unwavering dedication to justice. As President of Latinos Unidos, my leadership role allowed me to galvanize my community and channel our collective strength toward meaningful change. Through fundraising efforts, we rallied support, raising $1,800 to alleviate the suffering of families at the border. Open forums served as platforms for dialogue, shedding light on urgent issues such as the sterilization of women and the tragic death of Vanessa Guillen. Armed with knowledge, empathy, and resilience, I led my peers to stand up for justice and demand a more compassionate society. These experiences, coupled with my deep connection to the struggles faced by marginalized communities, have ignited a fire within me—an unwavering commitment to challenge the status quo and reshape the narrative. As I embark on my law career, I embrace a grand vision of creating impactful change at the U.S. border. Through pro bono work, I will provide legal representation, support, and resources to those in need. I will fiercely advocate for undocumented migrants and refugees, amplifying their voices and ensuring their rights are recognized and protected. I refuse to accept a world where individuals are judged based on their immigration status, and I will work tirelessly to dismantle the barriers that perpetuate discrimination and injustice. This is not a mere aspiration but an unwavering commitment to make a tangible and transformative impact. I envision a world where the rights and dignity of all individuals, regardless of their background or immigration status, are respected and celebrated. My ambition is boundless, and my determination is unwavering. I will be the catalyst for change, shaping a future where compassion triumphs over hostility and justice prevail for those who have long been marginalized.
    CEW IV Foundation Scholarship Program
    In an era plagued by increasing hostility and disdain towards migrants and refugees, my community, unjustly branded as criminals, bears the weight of false accusations and relentless stigmatization. The rhetoric I have heard repeatedly, both in the news and out in public, paints us as resource-drainers, forever deemed unworthy of being considered "American enough." As a result, we face intensified discrimination and an alarming scarcity of resources vital for our well-being. The struggles of undocumented migrants are insurmountable, born out of their status as invisible members of society. The specter of deportation taints every waking moment as families constantly fear being torn apart. As a child growing up in my neighborhood, one of the most haunting nightmares shared by myself and countless other children was witnessing our loved ones being forcefully taken away. This heart-wrenching scene played out far too often in my neighborhood, leaving scars that may never heal. Countless undocumented children are denied the transformative power of education, trapping them in the cycle of poverty and stifling their untapped potential. Deprived of quality education, their dreams remain unfulfilled, burdening their innocent hearts and robbing society of their limitless contributions. Similarly, undocumented migrants confront a heart-wrenching reality devoid of compassionate healthcare. Denied access to affordable medical services, they suffer silently, their desperate pleas echoing within the walls of my community. This tragic disregard for their humanity disregards the immeasurable worth of every life, regardless of immigration status. Yet, the most disheartening aspect of this issue lies in the rising tide of negativity and hostility directed toward migrants and refugees. Often labeled criminals, portrayed as drains on society, and subjected to dehumanizing narratives. These perceptions breed division, fostering an environment that disregards the countless stories of resilience, sacrifice, and determination etched within the souls of these marginalized individuals. In the land of opportunity, we fail to recognize the potential within each migrant, waiting to be nurtured and celebrated. In this crucial moment, our response as a society must undergo a radical transformation. We must replace the stinging barbs of disdain with a compassionate embrace, tearing down the walls perpetuating exclusion and isolation. Comprehensive immigration reform, rooted in empathy and justice, must become a collective priority. Through this reform, we can offer a glimmer of hope, providing undocumented migrants with a pathway to legalization and the chance to contribute fully to society. We must reaffirm our commitment to education and healthcare as fundamental human rights. Regardless of legal status, everyone deserves access to quality education, empowering them to shape their destinies and break free from the shackles of poverty. We must ensure affordable healthcare for all, recognizing each life's intrinsic value and safeguarding our communities' well-being. Fostering a culture of understanding and unity will help forge a brighter future. Through dialogue and dismantling stereotypes, we can sow the seeds of empathy. By amplifying the voices of migrants and forging alliances between citizens and advocates, we can pave the way for inclusive policies and meaningful change. In the future, my goal is to contribute to this vision. I aspire to establish my volunteer organization at the U.S. border, offering free legal assistance, healthcare access, information, and resources to migrants. My aim is to demonstrate that undocumented migrants and their families possess untapped potential, countering the negative portrayal often depicted in the media.
    Dr. Alexanderia K. Lane Memorial Scholarship
    Dreams, ambition, and work ethic fill the overcrowded homes in my neighborhood. They paint a picture of a hopeful future, filled with fathers who work from sunrise to sundown and mothers who tend to their homes with the same love they have for their children. Our parents may have been old-fashioned, but they always encouraged us to seek something better. With this idea instilled from a young age, we were reluctant to complain about attending school. Like several of the parents of the Brighton Park neighborhood, my parents immigrated from Mexico. They have never hidden anything from me. I've seen their struggles to put food on the table and pay bills. Although my parents explained why I should try hard, seeing their struggles showed me why. Instead of forcing me to do chores, they encouraged me to study. They trusted me to know what was best for my future. I found inspiration within the fabric of my community, witnessing the resilience and strength exhibited by marginalized individuals and groups. Their unwavering spirit and ability to overcome countless challenges have fueled my passion for wanting to pursue an education and uplifting those who have been overlooked and silenced. My college experience has been transformative, equipping me with the knowledge and skills necessary to effect meaningful change. Through my studies, I have delved into the historical, social, and political factors contributing to the persistent inequalities marginalized communities like mine face. This understanding has fortified my commitment to engage with the communities and collaborate with organizations like the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. I help develop innovative solutions that address the pressing issues within the juvenile justice system, fostering a supportive environment that uplifts marginalized youth instead of perpetuating cycles of punishment. My involvement as a translator at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center has allowed me to witness the challenges Spanish-speaking asylum seekers face as they embark on a new chapter in Chicago. By offering them support and helping to distribute essential resources, their transitions are smoother, and they are empowered to rebuild their lives in a foreign land. Volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción, an organization that assists deported youth in adjusting to life in Mexico, has revealed the transformative power of mentorship and support. Seeing firsthand the impact of guidance on individuals navigating unfamiliar cultures and environments has reinforced my dedication to fostering positive change. As I look ahead to the future, I hold steadfast to my dream of becoming a pro bono immigration lawyer on the U.S.-Mexico border. My internship at Valdez & Vilim Law has shown me the immense power of legal advocacy in defending the rights and dignity of marginalized immigrant communities. By dedicating myself to this field, I aspire to ensure that all individuals have access to fair and just legal processes, striving for a society where equality and justice prevail. My journey has been shaped by the dreams, ambition, and work ethic my parents and community instilled in me from a young age. It is this upbringing that has nurtured my belief in the importance of helping others. By actively engaging in community initiatives, supporting organizations, and pursuing a career in immigration law, I aspire to contribute to a more equitable and just society—a society where dreams are not limited by one's circumstances but instead nourished by the collective effort to uplift and empower those in need.
    Barbara J. DeVaney Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Dreams, ambition, and work ethic fill the overcrowded homes in my neighborhood. They paint a picture of a hopeful future, filled with fathers who work from sunrise to sundown and mothers who tend to their homes with the same love they have for their children. Our parents may have been old-fashioned, but they always encouraged us to seek something better. With this idea instilled from a young age, we were reluctant to complain about attending school. Like several of the parents of the Brighton Park neighborhood, my parents immigrated from Mexico. They have never hidden anything from me. I’ve seen their struggles to put food on the table and pay bills. Although my parents explained why I should try hard, seeing their struggles showed me why. Instead of forcing me to do chores, they encouraged me to study. They trusted me to know what was best for my future. Throughout my journey, I have been inspired by the resilience and strength exhibited by marginalized communities. My mission is to utilize the scholarship funds not only to improve my own life but also to uplift those who have been overlooked and silenced. Attending college has been a transformative experience but comes with financial challenges. Investing in my education will equip me with the skills needed to effect meaningful change. I will continue to pursue my studies with a focus on understanding the historical, social, and political factors that contribute to the inequalities faced by marginalized communities. I would use the scholarship to expand my involvement in community engagement initiatives. With a deeper understanding of systemic injustices, I aim to work closely with organizations like Rhode Island for Community and Justice to develop and implement innovative solutions for juvenile justice issues. By researching and advocating for restorative practices, I can contribute to a system that uplifts and supports marginalized youth rather than perpetuating cycles of punishment. Additionally, I would continue my work as a translator at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, where I assist Spanish-speaking asylum seekers recently arriving in Chicago. By providing them with support and helping to distribute essential resources, I can help ease their transition and empower them to rebuild their lives in a new country. The scholarship funds would enable me to expand these efforts and reach more individuals in need. I would dedicate some funds to support organizations like Otros Dreams en Acción, which provides assistance to deported youth adjusting to life in Mexico. They face unique challenges as they navigate a new culture and environment. By volunteering with this organization, I have seen the positive impact of mentorship and support. With the scholarship, I could contribute to creating educational programs and resources that facilitate their personal growth and successful integration. Lastly, I would allocate some funds toward pursuing my aspiration of becoming an immigration lawyer. Through my internship at Valdez & Vilim Law, I have witnessed the power of legal advocacy. By dedicating myself to this field, I can fight for the rights and dignity of marginalized immigrant communities, ensuring they have access to fair and just legal processes. The scholarship funds would support my legal education and help me acquire the necessary qualifications to make a lasting impact. The money from this scholarship would be a catalyst for creating a better life for myself and those whose voices have been marginalized and silenced. By investing in my education, expanding my community engagement involvement, supporting organizations that uplift marginalized communities, and pursuing a career in immigration law, I can actively contribute to dismantling barriers and promoting equity.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up as the daughter of undocumented migrants has influenced my perspective on life. Witnessing my parents' tireless efforts to create a better future for our family has instilled a profound sense of empathy and a dedication to supporting those who face similar struggles. My passion for serving my community and advocating for justice and equality is rooted in the selflessness that my parents have modeled for me. I take great pride in my role as a Spanish Translator at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center. It brings me immense joy to assist asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Chicago and may feel overwhelmed by the challenges of adjusting to a new country. I can contribute meaningfully to their journey toward stability and hope by providing them with the tools to navigate this new terrain. I am also involved in community service by volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City. This organization supports deported youth who have grown up in the U.S. and helps them get used to life in Mexico. By creating various activities and providing guidance, I assist these individuals in navigating the challenges of their new environment, and I strive to instill a sense of belonging and empowerment in them. At Valdez & Vilim Law, I have the privilege of aiding vulnerable individuals in their search for justice. As an intern, I focused on researching country conditions and producing comprehensive reports for immigration courts. I also assisted with creating pardon letters, indexes, and document translations, while ensuring their voices were accurately represented. It was incredible to be able to support those in need and contribute to their quest for a better life. In my leadership role as the President of Latinos Unidos, I spearheaded efforts to make a difference in the lives of families at the border. By organizing a successful Custom Ink fundraiser, we raised $1,800 to provide much-needed support to these families in their time of need. I also led open forums at our school to raise awareness about pressing issues such as the sterilization of women at the border and the tragic death of Vanessa Guillen. I aimed to foster dialogue, empathy, and action among my peers through these initiatives. To deepen my understanding of immigration issues, I pursued a course on human rights at UChicago, enabling me to lead weekly meetings for club members. By educating my peers about the challenges faced by immigrant communities in the U.S. and providing guidance on how to ensure the safety of their loved ones, I empowered them to become advocates for change. Through these experiences, I have understood that embodying selflessness means using my knowledge, skills, and resources to uplift others. It is about listening to their stories, amplifying their voices, and providing support in whatever capacity. As the daughter of undocumented Mexican migrants, I am committed to being a catalyst for change and a beacon of hope for those in need. My journey has shaped my perspective and fueled my passion for helping others. As a translator, volunteer, intern, and leader, I have consistently strived to embody selflessness by providing support, guidance, and empathy to those in need. Through these experiences, I have learned that true fulfillment lies in making a positive impact in the lives of others, and I am committed to continuing this journey of service and advocacy in pursuit of a more equitable and compassionate world.
    Cuervo Rincon Scholarship of Excellence for Latinas
    Growing up as the child of undocumented immigrants has instilled in me a strong desire to pursue a career as an immigration lawyer. I have witnessed firsthand the struggles and injustices my loved ones face, which has fueled my unwavering commitment to advocating for the rights and well-being of immigrants. My ultimate goal is to create a more just and inclusive society where everyone is treated fairly and equally. This scholarship will provide me with the support I need to make a powerful impact and positively change the lives of countless individuals and families in dire need of legal representation and support. My journey toward becoming an immigration lawyer has been shaped by a series of impactful experiences and valuable opportunities that have broadened my understanding of the complex landscape of immigration issues. I had the privilege of assisting Spanish-speaking asylum seekers recently arriving in Chicago while working at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center. Through offering them essential resources and guidance, I witnessed firsthand the transformative power of legal aid and its profound impact on individuals striving for safety and stability. My volunteer work with Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City exposed me to the unique challenges deported youth who grew up in the United States face. Through organizing activities and providing guidance, I gained invaluable insights into the obstacles faced by these individuals as they navigate a new country and work towards building a future. These experiences deepened my commitment to addressing the systemic issues that contribute to forced displacement while emphasizing the pivotal role of legal representation in advocating for the rights of the marginalized. As the president of Latinos Unidos, I have organized fundraisers and led open forums to raise awareness about the pressing issues affecting immigrants. By educating club members on immigration issues and fostering dialogue, I empowered others to take action and become advocates for change. Furthermore, my internship at Valdez & Vilim Law solidified my passion for immigration law. Through extensive research, document translations, and client consultations, I witnessed firsthand the indispensable role that immigration lawyers play in navigating the intricate legal system and providing vital support to individuals seeking relief. This firsthand experience deepened my commitment to pursuing a career in immigration law and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities. Receiving this scholarship would be truly transformative. It would allow me to complete my undergraduate education and pursue my dream of attending law school. The financial burden has been a significant obstacle in my journey, and this scholarship would alleviate that stress, allowing me to fully dedicate myself to my studies, internships, and extracurricular activities. With the support of this scholarship, I will be able to make a meaningful impact by advocating for the rights of undocumented individuals and working towards a more inclusive and just society. My diverse experiences and involvement in various organizations and internships have strengthened my unwavering dedication to becoming an immigration lawyer. I am driven to utilize my legal expertise to fight for justice, challenge systemic inequalities, and uplift immigrant communities. This scholarship represents more than just financial assistance; it symbolizes an opportunity to pursue my ultimate goal of creating positive change and ensuring that every individual, regardless of their immigration status, has access to justice and equal opportunities. With this scholarship, I am confident that I can create a lasting impact on the world around me and contribute to a more compassionate and equitable future for all.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    My upbringing in a family of undocumented immigrants has been the driving force behind my passion for pursuing a career as an immigration lawyer. Seeing the struggles and injustices that my loved ones have endured has instilled in me an unwavering commitment to advocating for the rights and well-being of immigrants. My goal is to contribute towards creating a more just and inclusive society where everyone is treated fairly and with dignity. With the support of this scholarship, I am confident that I can make a powerful impact and bring positive change to the lives of countless individuals and families who need legal representation and support. My path to becoming an immigration lawyer has been influenced by various experiences and opportunities that have enriched my understanding of the intricate nature of immigration issues. During my tenure at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, I've had the honor of supporting Spanish-speaking asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Chicago. Through providing them with crucial resources and guidance, I've witnessed how legal aid can be transformative and profoundly impact individuals seeking safety and stability. Furthermore, my volunteer work with Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City exposed me to the challenges deported youth face. Through organizing activities and providing guidance, I gained valuable insights into these individuals' unique obstacles as they navigate a new country and strive to build a future. These experiences have deepened my commitment to addressing the systemic issues contributing to forced displacement and the importance of legal representation in advocating for their rights. My involvement as the president of Latinos Unidos has also been instrumental in shaping my aspirations. Through this role, I have organized fundraisers and led open forums to raise awareness about the pressing issues affecting immigrants. By educating club members on immigration issues and fostering dialogue, I have been able to empower others to take action and become advocates for change. My internship at Valdez & Vilim Law further solidified my passion for immigration law. Through extensive research, document translations, and client consultations, I witnessed the vital role that immigration lawyers play in navigating the complex legal system and providing crucial support to individuals seeking relief. This firsthand experience has solidified my commitment to pursuing a career in immigration law and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities. Receiving this scholarship would be transformative. It would help me to complete my undergraduate education and pursue my dream of attending law school. The financial burden has been a significant obstacle, and this scholarship would alleviate that stress and allow me to fully dedicate myself to my studies, internships, and extracurricular activities. With the support of this scholarship, I will be able to make a meaningful impact by advocating for the rights of undocumented individuals and working towards a more inclusive and just society. My experiences and involvement in various organizations and internships have strengthened my unwavering dedication to becoming an immigration lawyer. I am driven to use my legal expertise to fight for justice, challenge systemic inequalities, and uplift immigrant communities. This scholarship will bring me closer to my ultimate goal of creating positive change and ensuring that everyone, regardless of immigration status, has access to justice and equal opportunities.
    Arthur and Elana Panos Scholarship
    As the daughter of Catholic immigrants, I have been profoundly influenced by my parents' unwavering strength and deep commitment to their faith. Their journey to the United States made possible through their unwavering belief in God, stands as a testament to the transformative power of hard work and perseverance. They have become my role models, embodying the values of faith and determination that drive me to pursue my goals. The belief in God's presence has guided me through various challenges, allowing me to maintain my integrity and make choices that align with my principles. Guided by the Lord's commandment to love thy neighbor, I am deeply committed to making a positive impact through my community service endeavors. My strong sense of faith fuels my desire to serve and support other communities, particularly those facing injustices. My faith has been a constant source of strength and guidance. It has given me a moral compass and taught me the importance of compassion, empathy, and justice. Through my volunteer work at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, I have witnessed firsthand the challenges Spanish-speaking asylum seekers face. By offering my services as a Spanish translator and assisting with resource distribution, I have provided practical support to individuals in need. The unwavering belief that a higher purpose guides my actions has given me the resilience to tackle even the most complex and emotionally demanding tasks. At Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City, I worked with deported youth adjusting to life in Mexico. By creating engaging activities and offering guidance, I aimed to help these individuals navigate the hardships they faced. This experience solidified my passion for advocating for marginalized communities and demonstrated the profound impact of service. By connecting my faith with my desire to serve, I have found meaning and purpose in assisting those often forgotten or overlooked. Through my involvement with organizations such as the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and Rhode Island for Community and Justice, I have actively contributed to the betterment of communities. These experiences have allowed me to work towards deinstitutionalization, propose restorative justice practices, and research methods to address truancy and interpretation in juvenile hearings. By offering my time and skills, I strive to uphold the values of faith, justice, and compassion, positively impacting the lives of those who need it most. My leadership role as the President of Latinos Unidos further exemplifies my commitment to making a difference. Through various initiatives, such as organizing fundraisers for families at the border and leading discussions on immigration issues, I have actively engaged my school community in human rights conversations. Educating and empowering my peers has fostered a greater understanding of immigrant communities' challenges. My faith guides my actions and influences my aspirations for the future. I believe my unwavering commitment to serving others will be a driving force in my career as an immigration lawyer. I envision using the legal profession as a means to advocate for those who are marginalized and ensure their voices are heard. By approaching my work with empathy and a strong sense of morality, I aim to bring about positive change in the lives of those I serve. I have witnessed the transformative power of faith and service firsthand. Through my volunteer work and leadership roles, I have developed a deep understanding of the challenges immigrant communities face. With the strength derived from my faith and the determination to make a difference, I am eager to embark on my journey as an immigration lawyer and continue serving those in need.
    Miguel Mendez Social Justice Scholarship
    Throughout my life, the haunting specter of being uprooted from my life in the U.S. due to the possible deportation of my parent has cast a shadow over my every step. Even before fully understanding what it meant to be "illegal," I bore witness to the devastating effects of deportation on my community. This profound experience has ignited a fierce passion within me to address the pressing social issue of immigration and dedicate myself to helping migrants. Volunteering at Otros Dreams en Acción, an organization in Mexico City dedicated to supporting uprooted youth who have been forced to leave their lives in the U.S. due to a family member's or their own deportation, has not only shaped my perspective but has also served as a transformative force, strengthening my resilience and fueling my determination. Otros Dreams en Acción has become a profound teacher, revealing lessons about my own resilience and the unyielding spirit of those impacted by deportation. The organization's mission resonates deeply with me, as I intimately understand the challenges faced by the uprooted youth forced to leave the lives they had built in the U.S. I have become a steadfast companion, navigating the complex challenges they face in their rebirthed lives. Whether securing housing, facilitating educational opportunities, or providing emotional support, I offer unwavering guidance and support. Witnessing their determination and resilience has reinforced my belief in their inherent strength and ignited my commitment to empowering them. Through this remarkable journey, I have embarked on a path of self-discovery and personal growth. As I assist others in their pursuit of resilience, I confront my deepest fears head-on. The deported youth's trials and triumphs mirror my fears, transforming them into catalysts for personal growth and unwavering determination. Volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción has affirmed my passion for championing immigrants' rights and has solidified my resolve to become a pro bono immigration lawyer. I am dedicated to providing legal assistance to those who walk the same treacherous path as my family. My aspirations extend beyond personal triumphs; I envision a future marked by a transformative impact on the lives of those affected by immigration policies. Armed with a specialized law degree in immigration law, I will dismantle the foundations of injustice. As a pro bono immigration lawyer, I will fight tirelessly against unjust policies and advocate for the rights of migrants. I aim to foster a society bound together by threads of inclusivity and compassion, ensuring that no voice goes unheard. Volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción has been a profound journey of metamorphosis, leaving an indelible imprint on my being. It has illuminated the path toward a future teeming with justice, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to those silenced by the immigration system. With unwavering determination, I will become a champion for migrants' rights, a guiding light that dispels the darkness of uncertainty and an inexhaustible source of legal assistance. Through my ignited passion and the profound lessons learned, I embark on this voyage, relentless in my pursuit of empowering others and catalyzing transformation. In adversity, we discover our purpose, and in serving others, we find our most authentic selves.
    Strong Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
    I believe that leadership is not determined solely by holding leadership roles or a title; it is defined by one's ability to create positive change in the lives of others. Through my extensive community engagement experiences and research endeavors, I have developed the qualities that make me a leader: empathy, initiative, and a commitment to making a difference. Community service lies at the core of my endeavors. My leadership journey began during college when I became a Juvenile Justice Bonner Fellow at Rhode Island for Community and Justice. In this role, I researched methods to address truancy and truant youth, working towards effective strategies for the Rhode Island community. Additionally, I created presentations for the Community Ally Coalition, advocating for inclusivity and equality. This experience taught me the importance of research, collaboration, and community engagement in driving positive change. As a Committee Member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, appointed by the Rhode Island governor, I actively advocate for deinstitutionalizing status offenders and reducing disproportionate minority incarceration rates. In this capacity, I propose restorative juvenile justice practices and collaborate with local communities and organizations to develop alternatives. This experience has emphasized the significance of policy advocacy and community involvement in creating sustainable change. At the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, I serve as a Spanish Translator, assisting Spanish-speaking asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Chicago. I provide essential language support and contribute to resource distribution through this role. Organizing the food pantry and clothing shop has allowed me to witness firsthand the profound impact that small acts of kindness can have on those in need. While volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City, I dedicated my time to helping deported youth who have grown up in the U.S. adjust to life in Mexico. Through creating activities and providing guidance, I aimed to empower these young individuals to overcome the challenges they faced. This experience reinforced the importance of mentorship and support in fostering resilience and growth. My research experiences have also played a pivotal role in my leadership development. As a Research Assistant for the UTRA Latinx Urban History Course Development, I collaborated with a professor to design a course focused on Latinx urban history. Collecting reading materials, developing course modules, and creating syllabi honed my organizational and research skills. Similarly, as a researcher for the Providence Public School District, I conducted in-depth research on implementing Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses, providing valuable insights to enhance educational opportunities for students. Furthermore, my internship at Valdez & Vilim Law has allowed me to contribute to the legal field by conducting research, creating reports for immigration courts, and assisting primarily queer and female migrants. This experience has taught me the importance of attention to detail, professionalism, and the ability to navigate complex legal systems. My diverse experiences in community engagement, research, and internships have shaped me into a leader. Through empathy and understanding, I strive to empower individuals and communities. I proactively address societal issues, utilizing research and collaboration to develop effective solutions. Moreover, my commitment to continuous learning and growth drives me to make a positive impact wherever I go. As a leader, I aim to inspire others, foster a sense of belonging, and advocate for meaningful change. I am determined to continue my leadership journey, leveraging my skills and experiences to create a brighter, more equitable future for all.
    Kim Moon Bae Underrepresented Students Scholarship
    As the daughter of undocumented migrants, my identity as a member of an underrepresented minority population has profoundly shaped my path. The shadow cast by my parents' potential deportation has influenced every step I take. However, amidst this uncertainty, my unwavering passion for serving others ignited a storm of determination. Volunteering at Otros Dreams en Acción, a Mexican organization dedicated to supporting youth uprooted from their lives in the United States due to deportation, has not only become the pinnacle of my achievements but has also imparted invaluable lessons about resilience. Resonating with the trials and uncertainties of undocumented life, I have fostered a strong bond with the youth. This deep empathy has instilled an inextinguishable desire—a relentless yearning to accompany them on their arduous journey, providing unwavering support and guidance amidst unimaginable challenges. I have been a steadfast companion to them, navigating the intricate landscapes of their reestablished lives. Whether assisting them in finding housing solutions, piecing together educational opportunities, or offering emotional support, my purpose has become a beacon of empowerment—a genuine belief in their inherent resilience and a source of restored hope. Witnessing their unwavering determination, I understand the unbreakable power of community in the face of adversity—an inspiring testament to strength and unity. Throughout this time, I have embarked on a profound path of self-discovery. Assisting others in their pursuit of resilience has allowed me to confront my deepest fears head-on and discover a wellspring of fortitude within myself. Their trials and triumphs have served as a reflective mirror, revealing that my fears are not meant to imprison me but to propel me toward personal growth and unwavering determination. My experience has solidified my enthusiasm for advocating immigrants' rights. The enduring impact of providing legal aid and guidance to marginalized individuals, often disregarded by society, has become undeniably apparent. Fueled by unwavering conviction, I have set my sights on becoming a pro-bono immigration lawyer dedicated to assisting those who navigate the same treacherous path as my family. I am wholeheartedly committed to offering legal assistance and becoming a beacon of hope. My aspirations extend far beyond personal triumphs. I yearn to shape a world that fosters transformative change in the lives of those trapped by unjust immigration policies. Through my pursuit of a specialized law degree in immigration law, I aim to equip myself with the necessary tools to dismantle the very foundations of injustice. Guided by unyielding tenacity, I will rise as a formidable advocate, tirelessly championing the rights of migrants and fostering a society grounded in inclusivity and compassion. Volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción has been a transformative odyssey, leaving an indelible mark on my existence. It has illuminated a path defined by justice, resilience and an unwavering commitment to those whose voices have been silenced. In the symphony of my journey, I have discovered my symphony—a harmonious composition of strength, determination, and an unassailable resolve to create a world founded upon equity. It is a perpetual reminder of my unwavering aspiration to become a pro-bono immigration lawyer, dedicating my future to serving migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. With a genuine heart, I will stand as an unwavering champion for their rights—a guiding light that dispels the darkness of uncertainty and remains a constant source of legal assistance. Fueled by my ignited passion and the profound lessons I have learned, I embark on this journey, unrelenting in my pursuit of empowering others and catalyzing transformation. When confronted with adversity, we discover our purpose; when serving others, we uncover our potential.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    Throughout the tapestry of my life, the haunting specter of being uprooted from my life in the U.S. due to the possible deportation of my parent has cast a shadow over my every step. However, the convergence of my unwavering passion for serving others forged a tempest of determination within me. Volunteering at Otros Dreams en Acción, an extraordinary organization dedicated to providing shelter and resources to youth who have grown up in the United States but have been forced to relocate due to their own or a family member's deportation, has not only etched itself as the pinnacle of my achievements but has also become an unyielding teacher, revealing profound lessons about my resilience. The essence of the organization's mission resonated with the depths of my being. Having weathered the turbulent trials and capricious uncertainties of an undocumented existence, I forged a special connection with the uprooted youth, abruptly uprooted from the lives they had built in the U.S. This connection ignited an insatiable yearning within me—a relentless desire to embark on their arduous journey, offering unwavering support and guidance in the face of unfathomable challenges. As a devoted volunteer, I became an unwavering companion to the youth, threading my way through the labyrinthine landscapes of their rebirthed lives. Whether it was untangling the intricate strands of securing housing, weaving together the fragments of educational opportunities, or providing the solace of emotional support, my purpose became a beacon of empowerment—a genuine belief in their inherent resilience and the restoration of their waning hope. In their unyielding determination, I discovered an orchestration of strength and unity, a testament to the unbreakable power of community when confronted with adversity. Within the crucible of this extraordinary journey with Otros Dreams en Acción, I delved into the depths of self-discovery. As I assisted others in their quest for resilience, I stumbled upon a wellspring of fortitude that enabled me to confront my deepest fears head-on. The trials and triumphs of the deported youth became an illuminating mirror, reflecting the truth that my fears were not shackles meant to bind me. Instead, they metamorphosed into wings of personal growth and unwavering determination. Volunteering with this organization served as an unrelenting affirmation of my zeal for championing immigrants' rights. The enduring impact of legal aid and guidance on marginalized individuals, cast aside by society's callous gaze, became glaringly evident. The path ahead solidified like molten iron as my aspirations to become a pro-bono immigration lawyer took root with unwavering conviction. A relentless beacon of hope, I pledged to provide legal assistance to those who tread the same treacherous path as my family, and I have endured, their journeys silently etched within the seams of our shared tapestry. As I gaze towards the horizon, my vision expands beyond personal triumphs as I yearn to shape a future marked by transformative impact in the lives of those embroiled in the clutches of immigration policies. I paint the canvas of my aspirations by pursuing a specialized law degree in immigration law, arming myself with the tools necessary to dismantle the very foundations of injustice. With unyielding tenacity, I shall rise as a formidable adversary against unjust policies, ceaselessly advocating for the rights of migrants and fostering a society bound together by threads of inclusivity and compassion. Volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción has been an odyssey of metamorphosis, leaving an indelible imprint on the very fabric of my existence. It has illuminated the path toward a future teeming with justice, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to those who have been silenced. In the symphony of my journey, I have discovered my symphony—a harmony of strength, determination, and an unassailable resolve to create a world steeped in equity. As my time with Otros Dreams en Acción draws to a close, it serves as an eternal reminder of my unwavering aspiration to become a pro-bono immigration lawyer, dedicating my future to the service of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. With a sincere heart, I shall become an unrelenting champion for their rights, a guiding light that dispels the darkness of uncertainty, and an inexhaustible source of legal assistance. Armed with my ignited passion and the profound lessons learned, I embark upon this voyage, relentless in my pursuit of empowering others and catalyzing transformation. In the face of adversity, we find our purpose, and in the service of others, we find our most authentic selves.
    Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr. Scholarship
    1) What matters most to me is the pursuit of social justice and equality, driven by a deep sense of empathy and a commitment to positively impacting my community and beyond. This core value is reflected in my extensive community engagement experience, research endeavors, internship involvement, and leadership roles. Throughout my community engagement experiences, such as my role as a Juvenile Justice Bonner Fellow with Rhode Island for Community and Justice, I have witnessed the daily struggles and systemic injustices marginalized individuals face. This firsthand exposure to social inequalities has ignited a passion within me to contribute to dismantling barriers and promoting equity. Whether it is researching methods of handling truancy and truant youth, working on deinstitutionalizing status offenders, or advocating for restorative juvenile justice practices, my commitment to creating alternatives and empowering marginalized youth remains unwavering. As a Spanish Translator at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, I have had the privilege of assisting Spanish-speaking asylum seekers in their integration into Chicago. This experience has taught me the importance of providing compassionate support and essential resources to those who have recently arrived, helping them regain stability and hope in their lives. It is deeply fulfilling to be able to contribute to their journey towards a better future. Furthermore, my volunteer work with Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City has allowed me to support deported youth who have grown up in the United States. Guiding these individuals as they adjust to life in Mexico and fostering their personal growth has been profoundly transformative. It has reinforced my belief in the power of compassion, empathy, and cross-cultural understanding in creating a genuinely inclusive global community. In my research experiences, such as the UTRA Latinx Urban History Course Development project, I have actively contributed to creating a more inclusive curriculum that amplifies underrepresented voices. Collecting valuable resources, developing course modules, and collaborating with a professor have allowed me to challenge traditional narratives and ensure marginalized communities are represented and heard. My internship at Valdez & Vilim Law has solidified my commitment to fighting for justice and equality within the legal field. Through extensive research on country conditions and supporting clients in immigration court, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of legal advocacy. This experience has affirmed my aspiration to become an immigration lawyer, using my legal expertise to advocate for the rights and dignity of marginalized immigrant communities. The pursuit of social justice and equality matters most to me. Through my community engagement, research experiences, internship involvement, and leadership roles, I have consistently worked towards dismantling barriers, amplifying underrepresented voices, and advocating for marginalized communities. I am deeply committed to positively impacting and building a more equitable and inclusive society for all. 2)The law school application process has provided insights that will shape my transition into law school and extend far beyond. Through diligent study, seeking guidance from experienced legal professionals, and conducting comprehensive research on law schools, I have gained a profound understanding of what it takes to succeed in the legal field. One paramount lesson that resonated deeply is the significance of disciplined and focused studying. Immersed in LSAT preparation, I dedicate countless hours to mastering content and honing critical thinking skills. This experience underscored the importance of discipline, perseverance, and strategic time management. Success in law school requires a strong work ethic, a commitment to continuous learning, and the ability to manage multiple demands effectively. Armed with these insights, I am prepared to lay a solid foundation for achievement in the rigorous academic environment. Seeking advice from seasoned lawyers has proven instrumental in my application journey. Conversations with them afforded me invaluable insights into the intricacies of the legal profession, the challenges of law school, and the qualities that define a successful law student. They emphasized developing research and analytical skills, effective communication abilities, and a profound sense of ethics and professionalism. Drawing wisdom from their experiences, I am better equipped to navigate hurdles and seize opportunities. Furthermore, comprehensive research on law schools yielded crucial insights into the educational landscape. Exploring law school rankings, course offerings, and faculty expertise deepened my understanding of the factors contributing to a fulfilling educational experience. A law school's available resources significantly impact education and prospects. I can make informed decisions harmoniously with my academic and career aspirations by discerningly evaluating each institution's unique strengths and values. As I embark on my law school journey, these transformative insights will be my guiding compass. Diligent study habits, effective time management, and an unwavering commitment to continuous learning will prove instrumental in thriving within the demanding academic environment. The advice imparted by experienced lawyers will serve as a constant reminder of the qualities and skills necessary for success in the legal profession. Incorporating their wisdom, I will forge a robust foundation in research, analytical thinking, and effective communication. Moreover, research on law schools will empower me to maximize opportunities within my educational experience. Thoughtfully selecting a school that aligns with my goals and values enables me to leverage unique opportunities, access specialized coursework, and immerse myself in a diverse community of scholars and practitioners. Mindful school selection ensures cultivating a robust network, fostering mentorship relationships, and an immersive experience within a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. The law school application process has given me transformative insights that will shape my transition into law school and beyond. Diligent study, guidance from experienced professionals, and comprehensive research on law schools have equipped me with a profound understanding of what it truly takes to excel in the legal field. These insights will serve as my guiding light, propelling me to thrive academically, develop indispensable professional competencies, and make informed decisions that align with my personal and career aspirations.
    Rivera-Gulley First-Gen Scholarship Award
    Winner
    In a world where dreams are often constrained by circumstance, I stand as a beacon of hope, a first-generation daughter of undocumented immigrants driven by an unyielding determination to make a difference. My path has been marked by resilience, unwavering commitment, and an insatiable hunger for knowledge. Education is the motivation for transformation, and my pursuit of higher learning is a personal endeavor and a transformative journey toward dismantling barriers and building a more equitable society. Growing up in a marginalized community, I witnessed the daily struggles and systemic injustices faced by those around me. Rather than succumbing to despair, I found solace in the power of education. It became clear that education was not just a means of personal advancement but a tool to uplift entire communities and challenge the status quo. This realization ignited a fire, propelling me to pursue higher education with an unwavering sense of purpose. I aim to dismantle the barriers that hinder progress and advocate for equity, ensuring everyone can thrive regardless of background. Recognizing the power of advocacy, I eagerly accepted a Rhode Island governor-appointed position on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. I actively contribute to deinstitutionalizing status offenders, advocate for jail removal, and work tirelessly to address the disproportionate minority incarceration rate. By proposing restorative juvenile justice practices and collaborating with local communities and organizations, I aim to create alternatives prioritizing rehabilitation, empowerment, and equal opportunities for all youth. As a Juvenile Justice Bonner Fellow with Rhode Island for Community and Justice, I researched methods of handling truancy, seeking solutions to empower and support these young individuals. Working closely with the Community Ally Coalition, I crafted presentations that fostered empathy and understanding among diverse community members, amplifying often silenced voices. As a Spanish Translator at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, I have had the privilege of assisting Spanish-speaking asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Chicago. Through my work in resource distribution and organizing essential services, I strive to provide a compassionate and supportive environment, enabling these individuals to regain a sense of stability and hope. Volunteering with Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City allowed me to support deported youth. Guiding them as they adjusted to life in Mexico and encouraging their personal growth was a profoundly transformative experience. As Research Assistant for the UTRA Latinx Urban History Course Development project, I collaborated closely with a professor to create a groundbreaking course exploring the history and experiences of Latinx communities. Through my research, I collected valuable resources, developed course modules, and contributed to a more inclusive curriculum that amplifies underrepresented voices. My internship at Valdez & Vilim Law further solidified my commitment to fighting for justice and equality. Through extensive research, I provided crucial information on country conditions to be presented in immigration court, witnessing firsthand the transformative power of legal advocacy. With steadfast determination, my ultimate career goal is to become an immigration lawyer, using my legal expertise to advocate for the rights and dignity of marginalized immigrant communities. My journey as the first-generation daughter of undocumented immigrants has shaped my perspective, ignited my passion for social justice, and cultivated a deep desire to create lasting change. Through my community engagement, research experiences, and aspirations for higher education, I seek to dismantle systemic barriers and advocate for marginalized communities. College represents an opportunity to equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to effect meaningful change and empower others. With gratitude for the opportunities I have been given, I am committed to making a lasting impact and building a more equitable and inclusive society for all.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    In a world yearning for empathy and understanding, one book stands as a transformative masterpiece: "Women Hollering Creek" by Sandra Cisneros. As someone committed to building a more compassionate and inclusive global community, I fervently believe this remarkable short story collection is the key to unlocking profound societal change. The novel resonates deeply with the core values that drive me to make a lasting impact through its celebration of diverse female voices, exploration of complex identities, and invitation to challenge societal norms. "Women Hollering Creek" is a mesmerizing tapestry, weaving together the rich and authentic experiences of women. The book illuminates the diverse narratives that often remain untold or overlooked, showcasing the struggles, triumphs, and resilience of its characters. It offers a profound opportunity to embrace and celebrate the many voices shaping our world. At its core, this book defies societal norms and dismantles oppressive structures. Cisneros fearlessly explores the complex dynamics of love, cultural expectations, and the quest for personal freedom. By delving into these themes, the book compels readers to question deeply ingrained biases and prompts them to challenge the status quo. It highlights the strength and resilience of women in the face of adversity, fostering a sense of empowerment and inspiring readers to break free from limiting conventions. "Women Hollering Creek" catalyzes the cultivation of empathy and understanding, essential qualities for contributing to a more inclusive world. Through its vivid storytelling, it invites readers to immerse themselves in the lives of diverse characters and connect with their struggles, dreams, and desires. By embracing the stories of these women, readers can demonstrate their capacity to foster empathy and develop into global citizens who value inclusivity and equality. Through its celebration of diverse voices, challenge to societal norms, and cultivation of empathy, "Women Hollering Creek" epitomizes the very essence of my mission. By advocating for this transformative book, I seek to showcase my passion for literature and storytelling, as well as my unwavering dedication to fostering compassion, inclusivity, and equity. "Women Hollering Creek" can ignite a spark within readers, compelling them to weave their unique talents and skills into the fabric of a more compassionate and interconnected world.
    Harry & Mary Sheaffer Scholarship
    Building a more empathetic and understanding global community requires individuals willing to leverage their unique talents and skills to make a positive impact. I am equipped to contribute to this endeavor with my diverse experiences in community engagement, research, internships, and leadership positions. Through my work with Rhode Island for Community and Justice as a Juvenile Justice Bonner Fellow, I have gained valuable insights into handling truancy and truant youth. This experience has allowed me to understand the challenges vulnerable individuals face within the community. By researching methods and creating presentations for the Community Ally Coalition, I have learned how to communicate effectively and raise awareness about critical social issues. As a Spanish translator at the Chicago Lights Social Service Center at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, I have had the opportunity to assist Spanish-speaking asylum seekers. This experience has enhanced my ability to connect with diverse populations and provide support during their transition. Additionally, organizing the food pantry and clothing shop has taught me the importance of empathy and understanding in meeting the basic needs of others. My involvement in the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, appointed by the Rhode Island governor, has given me a platform to address critical issues such as deinstitutionalization, jail removal, and the disproportionate minority incarceration rate. By proposing restorative juvenile justice practices and collaborating with local communities and organizations, I aim to build a system that focuses on rehabilitation and compassion rather than punishment. Volunteering at Otros Dreams en Acción in Mexico City, I have worked with deported youth, helping them adjust to life in Mexico. This experience has allowed me to provide guidance and create activities to foster a sense of belonging and support. I aim to empower these individuals and help them rebuild their lives by utilizing my skills and understanding. My research experiences, such as working as a UTRA Latinx Urban History Course Development research assistant, have equipped me to collect and analyze information effectively. By contributing to creating a Latinx Urban History course, I aim to promote inclusivity and diversity in academic settings. Additionally, my research for the Providence Public School District on implementing Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses has allowed me to advocate for educational opportunities that celebrate and preserve cultural heritage. Interning at Valdez & Vilim Law, I have witnessed firsthand the challenges individuals face navigating the immigration system. By conducting research, creating reports, and assisting with legal documents, I have contributed to improving the quality of representation for vulnerable populations. This experience has strengthened my dedication to advocating for justice and fairness. In my leadership roles, such as serving as President of Latinos Unidos, I have organized fundraisers and led open forums to address pressing issues related to immigration and human rights. By fostering open dialogue and promoting awareness, I aim to create spaces where empathy and understanding can thrive. Co-founding the Becoming Racially Aware and Valuing Ethnicity Conference has allowed me to design workshops that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. I strive to create a more empathetic and inclusive environment for all by engaging with guest speakers and facilitating discussions. My unique talents and skills, as demonstrated through my community engagement experiences, research endeavors, internships, and leadership roles, position me to contribute significantly to building a more empathetic and understanding global community. Through active engagement, research-driven advocacy, and compassionate leadership, I aim to foster empathy, understanding, and inclusivity on a global scale.
    TJ Crowson Memorial Scholarship
    As an aspiring law student, I am driven by a strong desire to positively impact the world. I firmly believe that a law school education will provide me with the knowledge and skills necessary to address pressing societal issues and bring about meaningful change. I am fueled by a deep passion for immigration rights and juvenile justice. My personal connection to these issues, combined with my academic pursuits and hands-on experiences, has shaped my commitment to using my future education in law to make a positive impact on the world. One cause that resonates with me is criminal justice reform, particularly juvenile justice. Through my involvement with Rhode Island for Community and Justice and my Rhode Island governor-appointed position on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, I am actively engaged in non-punitive approaches to juvenile justice. I research and propose restorative justice practices, work towards deinstitutionalizing status offenders, and strive to prevent the disproportionate incarceration of minority youth. By advocating for alternatives to punitive measures and collaborating with local communities and organizations, I aim to create a more inclusive and rehabilitative juvenile justice system. I am determined to contribute to the deinstitutionalization of status offenders, advocate for alternatives to jail, and propose restorative juvenile justice practices. Another area of passion for me is immigrant rights. My internship at Valdez & Vilim Law exposed me to the challenges immigrants and asylum seekers face. I researched country conditions, created reports for immigration court, and assisted in preparing pardon letters and document translations. This experience has fueled my determination to fight for fair and just immigration policies. I aim to use my legal education to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, protect the rights of individuals seeking asylum, and work towards creating a more inclusive and welcoming society for immigrants. Serving as a Spanish translator at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary church, I have had the privilege of aiding Spanish-speaking asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Chicago, seeking essential resources such as shelter, food, clothing, and immigration services. This transformative experience has showcased these individuals' remarkable resilience and fortitude and shed light on the hurdles they encounter in accessing vital support and resources. One specific cause I am deeply passionate about is the rights of DACA youth. Through my volunteer work at a shelter in Mexico City, supporting deported DACA youth, I witnessed firsthand the challenges and injustices these individuals face. This experience solidified my commitment to fighting for just immigration policies and equal access to justice. In all of these areas, I recognize the importance of collaboration and community engagement. I am committed to working closely with local communities, organizations, and individuals affected by these issues to ensure my efforts are meaningful, sustainable, and centered around their needs. I believe that lasting change can only be achieved through collective action and amplifying the voices of those directly impacted. I am driven by a deep sense of purpose and a desire to make a positive impact on the world. My future education in law, coupled with my passion for immigration rights and juvenile justice, positions me to create meaningful change. By leveraging my knowledge, skills, and experiences, I aspire to contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate society for all individuals, irrespective of their background or circumstances. I am committed to using my education to make a lasting difference in the lives of those who need it most.
    Lauren Czebatul Scholarship
    Volunteering has had a profound impact on my mindset, shaping me into a more compassionate, understanding, and socially aware individual. Through my various community engagement experiences, such as my work with Rhode Island for Community and Justice, the Fourth Presbyterian Church, and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, I have gained invaluable insights into the challenges faced by marginalized communities and the importance of advocating for their rights. These experiences have opened my eyes to the systemic issues in our society and motivated me to work towards creating positive change. One significant aspect of volunteering that has profoundly shaped my mindset is the invaluable opportunity to engage directly with individuals in need. Serving as a Spanish translator at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary church, I have had the privilege of aiding Spanish-speaking asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Chicago, seeking essential resources such as shelter, food, clothing, and immigration services. This transformative experience has showcased these individuals' remarkable resilience and fortitude and shed light on the hurdles they encounter in accessing vital support and resources. Given that many of my family members are immigrants, extending a helping hand to fellow immigrants has long been a profoundly cherished objective of mine. This rewarding experience has significantly reinforced my unwavering belief in the immense power of community and the critical importance of fostering inclusive and accessible services for all. In addition to my passion for providing resources to migrants, I am deeply committed to juvenile justice. I have volunteered with Rhode Island for Community and Justice, a local nonprofit organization, as a Bonner Fellow throughout college. The esteemed Bonner fellowship is bestowed upon students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to volunteerism within their communities. Through this engagement, I actively participate in juvenile hearing boards, advocating for restorative justice practices and non-punitive approaches. Recognizing my dedication to juvenile justice, the Rhode Island governor nominated me as a Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee member, building upon my prior contributions as a Bonner Fellow at Rhode Island for Community and Justice. My active involvement with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee has brought to the forefront the glaring inequities prevalent within our justice system, specifically the alarming disparity in incarceration rates among minority youth. Through meaningful collaborations with local communities and organizations, I have had the privilege to propose innovative approaches to restorative juvenile justice. These transformative practices prioritize rehabilitation and support, focusing on diverting from punitive measures. This eye-opening experience has further fueled my unwavering dedication to championing equitable and just systems that foster the upliftment and empowerment of young individuals. I am in need of this scholarship to alleviate the overwhelming financial burden that accompanies my pursuit of education at Brown University. Despite being fortunate enough to receive some aid from my school, the costs of tuition, books, and living expenses persist as a significant challenge for my family. To cover the upcoming year's tuition of approximately $11,000, my family would require loans or for me to undertake additional employment. Receiving this scholarship would grant me the invaluable financial stability necessary to dedicate myself fully to my studies, actively participate in meaningful extracurricular activities, and sustain my unwavering commitment to community service. Volunteering has profoundly influenced my mindset by fostering compassion, social awareness, and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities. The experiences I have gained through volunteering have motivated me to advocate for change and work towards creating a more equitable society. Additionally, I need this scholarship to alleviate the financial burden of my education, allowing me to fully engage in my studies and continue my community service efforts.