Gratefully Paying it Forward

While I had already graduated from El Rancho High School before G1DPR had established any programs, I was in the first group of El Rancho students to receive the Cisneros’ Hispanic Scholarship Foundation scholarship. Through the Cisneros family’s generosity, I was able to afford my books, transportation to and from Yale, and winter gear to keep me warm.

More important than even financial security, G1DPR has given me two new role models. Jacki and Gilbert Cisneros have challenged me to rethink what it means to be successful, helping me recognize my roots and inspiring me to commit myself to public service.

I am currently a senior at Yale University studying Latin American history and politics. My academic interests include social movements, subaltern history, and radical pedagogy. I have recently accepted a job offer through Teach For America and will be teaching special education in Los Angeles after graduation. I will also be enrolling in a Master’s program in Urban Education at Loyola Marymount University.

After teaching for a few years, I hope to continue my career in education at the state or federal level. I am also considering working with non-profits. I am passionate about equity in education and I am dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for black and Latino youth. I will do anything and everything in my power to make a difference.