College stars 2014

Architecture

Isabel Argoti

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – University of Virginia Class of 2016, Architecture

AREAS OF INTEREST

Architecture
Design
Hispanic youth
Woman leadership

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

National Hispana Leadership Institute
Latinas Learning to Lead 2014
Fellow William D. Darden Memorial Fund, Scholarship Award for Study Abroad in Jamaica

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Chapter President
Falmouth Heritage Renewal, ecoREMOD in Jamaica, Design + Build Student
Latino Student Alliance, Active Member
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute, Lead & Junior Lead
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor
Global Architecture Brigade: Honduras, International Volunteer
Collegiate Directions Inc. (CDI), Alumni
Latina Style Magazine, Event Volunteer

Biomedical Engineering

Isaac Rodriguez, Ph.D.

EDUCATION

The University of Memphis – Postdoctoral Fellow
Virginia Commonwealth University – Class of 2010 & 2013, M.S. & Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia – Class of 2007, B.S., Biomedical Engineering; Minor in Engineering Business

AREAS OF INTEREST

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Youth Empowerment, Mentoring, and Community Outreach

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Biomedical Engineering Society Innovation & Career Development Travel Award
Alexander Mallory Clarke Award for Academic Excellence in the VCU BME Graduate Program
VCU Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME)
Gates Millennium Scholarship

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

VALHEN Board Member and HCI Liaison
Mayor Luttrell’s Young Professional Council
Memphis Young Executives, ClubCorp Crescent Club
Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals

Business

Marilynn Pamela Urquieta

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2015, Business Administration

AREAS OF INTEREST

Entrepreneurship
Franchise Support
Marketing Communications & Public Relations
Youth Empowerment

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

RVA Works – Entrepreneurship Intensive Course
VALHEN HCI Leadership Team and Mentor
PCG 4HJ Program
Former Vice President of a Franchise

CIVIL ENGINEERING

Santiago Vinueza

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Class of 2016, Civil Engineering

AREAS OF INTEREST

Structures and materials
High performance concrete
Alternative cementitious materials’
Sustainability
Youth empowerment

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Associates of Science in Engineering, summa cum laude
Esperanza Education Fund Scholar
Hispanic College Fund Scholar
VALHEN Scholar
Golden Door Scholar
Dean’s List – Fall 2014
President’s Honor Roll – Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Virginia Tech ASCE Student Chapter
Virginia Tech Concrete Canoe
Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honors Society
Students Helping Honduras
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor
VALHEN Student Representative

Communications

Melissa Cisneros

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Class of 2018, Multi-media Journalism & HNFE

AREAS OF INTEREST

Broadcasting
Video editing
Filming
Interviewing
Human anatomy

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Reston Hospital Scholarship
Jennifer Mitchell Scholarship
Open Presbyterian
Church Scholarship

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Disciples on Campus Ministry
VT TV
Latin Link – Eboard member Subcultural chair
Yates Project
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute Logistics Committee

COMMUNICATIONS

Wanda Hernández

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2015, Mass Communications – Concentration: Public Relations; Minor in Art History

AREAS OF INTEREST

Promoting social justice through culture and arts
Project management
Humanities research
Advocacy

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Segal Award
Education Abroad Scholarship
University Career Center Leaders

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.
VCU AmeriCorps
University Career Center Ambassador
YWCA
PEARLS Mentorship Program
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute Youth Leadership

Computer Information Systems

Leo Alberto

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Commonwealth University Class of Fall 2015, Computer Information Systems; Minor in Spanish

AREAS OF INTEREST

Information technology
Insurance and financial services

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

VCU Latino Student Association, Treasurer
Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., Vice-President
Association of Information Technology Professionals @ VCU, Member
State Farm – Licensed Office Representative
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute Logistics Committee
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor

Economics

Fernando Espinoza

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Hampden-Sydney College Class of 2018, Economics & Mathematics; Minor in Latin American Studies

AREAS OF INTEREST

Developmental economics with a focus on Latin America

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Dean’s List – Fall 2014

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

President and Founder of High School Latino Club
Hampden-Sydney Student Senate, freshman class
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor

ECONOMICS

Andre Sanabia

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – University of Virginia Class of 2017, Economics & Women, Gender and Sexuality

AREAS OF INTEREST

Public policy
Education/mentoring
Policies affecting racial/ethnic minorities, women, or LGBTQ-identified people

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

University Achievement Award Full Tuition Scholarship
Echols Scholar
Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership Fellow

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

HSF Youth Leadership Institute – Leadership Empowerment and Academic Development (LEAD) Mentor
La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. Chapter Vice-President
UVA Admissions Office Outreach Team
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute Logistics Committee

HOMELAND SECURITY

Valentina Vega

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2016, Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness; Minor in French and International Social Justice

AREAS OF INTEREST

Foreign service, globally and culturally oriented
International relations
Youth development
Community service

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Gates Millennium Scholarship
Dean’s List – Fall 2014

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

VCU STAT (Students Today Alumni Tomorrow)
Sigma Lambda Upsilon PEARLS Mentoring Program (Mentor)
4-H Character Counts Leader
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute Youth Leadership

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Kevin Moreno

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Howard Community College Class of 2017, Mechanical Engineering

AREAS OF INTEREST

STEM
NASA
Technological research and development
Latino Activism

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Feli Solá-Carter Leadership Award
Hispanic Heritage Youth Award for Mathematics and Engineering

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Hispanic Student Union
VALHEN – Hispanic College Institute youth mentor
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Hispanic Youth Institute alumni
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Conexiones

Physical Therapy

Elmer Chavez

Intern at Volunteers of America

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Montgomery College – Maryland Class of 2017, Associates

AREAS OF INTEREST

Physical therapy
Personal training
Communications (Television, Radio, & Film)

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

International Baccalaureate Diploma

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Rustic Pathways
Serengetee
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute photographer

Political Science

Luisa Burgos

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – James Madison University Class of 2015, Political Science

AREAS OF INTEREST

Politics
Social justice
Non-profit organizations
Student affairs and leadership

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

COIN Scholar
New World Foundation

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Phi Alpha Delta – Pre law fraternity.
Latino Student Alliance
JMU Orientation office – ANT (Assisting New Transfers)
Just Neighbors Legal Services
Virginia New Majority
Tenants and Workers United
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor

Political Science

Gabriela Elias-Chang

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2017, Political Science and Spanish

AREAS OF INTEREST

Latino activism
Social justice
Education

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

UNICEF
VCU Latino Student Association
Student Admissions Ambassador
Residential Advisor
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute Logistics Committee

Pre-Med

Nicole Claros

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – George Mason University Class of 2017, Pre-Med; Chemistry

AREAS OF INTEREST

Health
Dance

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Illumina Scholar
Dream Big Khristan Kyllo Scholar
Optimist Club of Vienna Scholar
GMU Honors College Student

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

INOVA Fairfax Hospital Volunteer
Hispanic Student Association
F1rst Gen Mason
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor

PRE-NURSING

Melissa Martinez

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Northern Virginia Community College Class of 2017, Pre-Nursing

AREAS OF INTEREST

DREAM Act advocate
Community service
Youth development
Non-profit organizations
Expand global healthcare
Woman empowerment
Latino culture enrichment

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Jennifer Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund Recipient
The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, Inc. Recipient
American Association of University Women Scholarship Recipient

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor

PSYCHOLOGY

Henry Jimenez

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2015, Psychology & Sociology

AREAS OF INTEREST

Social psychology, psychology, and sociology
Latino community outreach
Youth leadership development

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Dean’s List – Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014
Academic Achievement Award – Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2014

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

VCU Latino Student Association, President
Psychology Course Teaching Assistant
Psychology Research Assistant for Dr. Jeffrey Green and Dr. Rosalie Corona
Child Development Center Intern
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Intern
VCU Health Sciences Academy Mentor
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor

PUBLIC HEALTH

Elizabeth Garcia Lozano

EDUCATION

Public health
human behavior
Community service and volunteer work
Helping improve the lives of others
Traveling

AREAS OF INTEREST

Public health
human behavior
Community service and volunteer work
Helping improve the lives of others
Traveling

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Internal Liaison for the Coalition of Latino Student Organization
Student Leader for HYPE (Hispanic Youth with Empowerment and Education)
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute Logistics Committee

Public Policy

Adriane Lopez

EDUCATION

Undergraduate – The College of William & Mary Class of 2016, Public Policy & Latin American Studies

AREAS OF INTEREST

Law
Immigration policy
International development
Economic development of Latin America & its economic relations with the U.S.

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Hispanic College Fund Scholar
Dean’s List – Fall 2014

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Organizing Fellow at Organizing for America – Virginia
Service Chair in the Latin American Student Union
Member of the Multicultural Ambassador Council – Office of Admissions
Member of the Young Democrats
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor

Sociology

Luz Haro

EDUCATION

Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2014, B.S., Sociology; Minor in Psychology and Spanish

AREAS OF INTEREST

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
International Sociology Honors Society – Alpha Kappa Delta
Leadership Honor Society – Omicron Delta Kappa
2010 Karen E. Walsh Memorial Scholarship at Northern Virginia Community College

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Optimist Scholar
  • ○ Ilumina Scholar
  • ○ Dream Big- Kristan Kyllo Scholar
  • ○ GMU Honors College Student

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT

Elkhart Middle School, After School Mentor
Bridge CDC, Child Care Provider for Adult ESL
Students for a Democratic Society VCU Chapter
LULAC Young Adult Council DC
Dreamers of Virginia
Intern in Summer Pathway Connection Institute at NVCC
Collaborative Solutions for Communities, caseworker
Child Care Aware of America, HCC program specialist
VALHEN Hispanic College Institute youth mentor