Meet the Ambassadors and Mobilizers

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Lesley Martinez Garcia Amherst College Mobilizer

Lesley Martinez Garcia is a sophomore at Amherst College, studying Sociology and/or Music. She is passionate about education advocacy. She is excited about meeting first generation students from all across the country at this year's 1vyG conference. Lesley also enjoys singing.

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Jesse Aláez Boston College Ambassador

Jesse is a Junior at Boston College, studying History and Latin American Studies. He is passionate about the transition of immigrant families within urban communities throughout the United States. He is excited about learning how different clubs and organizations address issues First-Generation college students face at their institution. Jesse also enjoys making Cuban cafecito every morning to start off the day.

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Marilyn Bravo Brown University Mobilizer

Marilyn is a senior at Brown University, studying Neuroscience. She is passionate about the effects of early life stress on neuronal and behavioral development. She is excited about identifying gaps in necessary resources for first generation/low income students at the 1vyG conference. Marilyn also enjoys biking, baking, and discovering new music.


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Priscilla Arevalo Brown University Ambassador

Priscilla Arevalo is a sophomore at Brown University studying Sociology/Anthropology and hoping to obtain a minor Africana Studies. She is passionate about the political rights of indigenous communities in South America and the preservation of their native languages. She is excited to discuss they ways in which first-generation students can mobilize academically/professionally after their undergraduate experience. Priscilla also enjoys dancing salsa and mountain climbing!

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Inez Khan Carnegie Mellon University Ambassador

Inez Khan is a Junior at Carnegie Mellon University, studying Statistics and Machine Learning with Minors in Physics and International Relations. She is passionate about using data analytics to solve urban issues like poverty. She is excited about meeting new people at this year's 1vyG conference. Inez also loves to explore new restaurants and neighborhoods in her free time.

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Jorge Álvarez Carnegie Mellon University Mobilizer

Jorge Armando Álvarez is a Sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University, studying Technical Writing. He is passionate about the interconnected nature of community development and environmental sustainability. Ever since starting school in Pittsburgh, he has marveled at how efforts to protect the local environment forge the urban community. A source of joy for Jorge is that he lives only a few minutes from a building that is LEED-certified Platinum. He is excited about sharing his first-gen narrative with a diverse association of talented individuals; by sharing such narratives, he’s excited to observe many commonalities among the members of 1vyG. Jorge also spends hours writing prose fiction. He enjoys discussing the symbolism within great works, both mainstream and niche.

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Alfredo Dominguez Columbia University Ambassador

Alfredo Dominguez is a Junior in Columbia College, studying Ethnicity and Race Studies. He is passionate about mitigating educational inequity and fighting for the liberation of all marginalized peoples. Alfredo is also a huge basketball fan!

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Justin Deal Columbia University Mobilizer

Justin T. Deal is a 2019 at Columbia University, studying Philosophy. He is passionate about accessibility to higher education for nontraditional students, legal reasoning and ethics, and integration of FGLI students into the college environment. He is excited about meeting and collaborating with all of the wonderful people that will be at 1vyG. Justin also enjoys yoga, trying all of the coffee spots in NYC, and traveling.

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Noah Elden Cornell University Ambassador

Noah is a Junior at Cornell University, studying Industrial & Labor Relations working through minors in Business, Economics, and Real Estate. He is passionate about First Gen causes and the 1vyG conference. He is excited about meeting and working with other First Generation students. Noah also enjoys fantasy baseball.



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Sofia Da Silva Cornell University

Sofia is a senior at Cornell University studying Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies with minors in Education and Inequality Studies. She is passionate about incorporating critical pedagogy and social justice into K-12 education. She is excited to learn about and share innovative solutions for problems that first generation students face with other university leaders. Sofia also enjoys making Spotify playlists and watching the Food Network.

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Erika Cabrera Dartmouth College Mobilizer

Erika is a '19 (Junior) at Dartmouth College, studying Sociology modified with African and African American Studies with a minor in Education. She is passionate about education policy and issues within the public school system across the United States. She is excited about meeting with like-minded people where she can understand challenges of other first generation students across similar institutions. She will love to walk away with some solutions and active steps she can take back to Dartmouth College for all first gen students. Erika also enjoys playing rugby and traveling.

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Rachel Muir Dartmouth College

Rachel Muir is a sophomore at Dartmouth College, studying Government and Public Policy. She is passionate about college access and education policy. She is excited to bring Dartmouth students to IvyG because it is a phenomenal experience for first-generation students. Rachel also enjoys enacting justice within her communities.









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Henock Asaye Duke University Mobilizer

Henock Asaye is a sophomore at Duke University studying Public Policy and Global Health with a minor in Theatre Studies. He is passionate about health policy and human rights. He is excited about meeting new people at the 2018 1vyg Conference. Henock also enjoys playing basketball and getting involved in political activism on campus.

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Analese Bridges Duke University Ambassador

Analese Bridges is a Junior at Duke University, studying Political Science, Ethics and Society, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about leveraging technology, policy, and law to promote social and political good. She especially loves delving into information governance and issues surrounding security, intellectual property, and internet policy. She is excited about meeting other first generation college students from across the country and bringing innovative ideas back to Duke's campus. In her spare time, Analese loves cooking gourmet recipes on a budget, reading epic biographies, and hiking when the weather's right.

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Brenda Lu Harvard College Ambassador

Brenda Lu is a sophomore at Harvard, studying economics with a secondary in sociology. She is passionate about understanding the effects of different public policies. She is excited about getting to meet other college first-gens in at the 2018 1vyG conference. Brenda also enjoys hiking, exploring different places, and watching the Bachelorette.









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Alejandro Wences Haverford College Ambassador

Alejandro Wences is a Third-year at Haverford College, studying Political Science with minors in Education and Latin America Studies. He is passionate about understanding institutional barriers to education and educational achievement across multiple identities. He is excited to learn more activist approaches at 1vyG as well as learning what other first-generation groups have been doing. Alejandro also enjoys hanging out with friends and watching/listening to informative videos/podcasts.

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Alondra Gomez Haverford College Mobilizer

Alondra Gomez is a senior at Haverford College, studying Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies. She is passionate about educational equity and policy. She is excited about generating ideas for on-campus initiatives that build community during the 1vyG conferences. Alondra also enjoys baking and is a part of Haverford's Crew team.





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Emily Pastrana Johns Hopkins University Mobilizer

Emily Pastrana is a Senior at Johns Hopkins University studying International Relations and Latin American Studies with minors in History and Entrepreneurship & Management. She is passionate about the migration patterns and the assimilation process of Latin American first and second-generation immigrants. She is excited to hear about the experiences of first-generation students at other elite institutions. Emily also enjoys learning foreign languages and listening to Broadway musicals.


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Erica Lee Johns Hopkins University Ambassador

Erica is a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University, studying the bridge between neuroscience and art. She is passionate about alternative therapies and preventative medicine. She is excited to introduce Johns Hopkins to 1vyG and build a lasting relationship. Erica also enjoys painting and going on walks with her cat.


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Marcos Lozano Mendez Lehigh University Mobilizer

Marcos Lozano Mendez is a junior at Lehigh University, studying Computer Science and Business. He is passionate about immigrant rights. He is excited about going to his first 1vyG conference. Marcos also enjoys Netflix with friends and ice cream.








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Jocelin Gregorio-Alarcon Lehigh University Ambassador

Jocelin Gregorio-Alarcon is currently a senior majoring in Earth and Environmental Science with minors in Sustainable Development and Latin American Studies at Lehigh University. She is a first-generation student originally from San Jose, California and is a high school alumna of KIPP San Jose Collegiate, class of 2014. In the spring of 2016, Jocelin joined a group of four other first-generation students to co-found F1RST, Lehigh University’s first student organization dedicated to supporting first-generation students. Currently she works as a Gryphon (resident assistant) and in an internship creating professional development videos teaching students how to create e-portfolios. Jocelin continues her involvement with F1RST serving as the organization’s treasurer, event planner, and social media manager.

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Kimani Isaac Northwestern University Mobilizer

Kimani Isaac is a sophomore at Northwestern University from the NYC tri-state area. She is currently a Theatre major, but has also studied French, Economics, Ancient Greek, and African-American Studies. She is passionate about social justice work on race, class, gender, class struggle, and arts in education. She is excited to learn more about post-graduate success as a first-generation, low-income student at the 2018 1vyG conference. She also enjoys making jewelry and playing with cats.

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Madisen Hursey Northwestern University Ambassador

Madisen is a sophomore at Northwestern studying psychology. She is passionate about how students' income status affects their sense of self from a psychological perspective. She is excited to connect with other students at the 1vyG conference who are passionate about issues surrounding college access and institutional support for low-income, first-generation students. Madisen also enjoys writing creatively, watching basketball and spending time with her friends on campus.

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Israel Teru Pomona College Ambassador

Israel is a Junior at Pomona College, studying Economics with a minor in Mathematics. He is passionate about creating analytic tools to evaluate organizational success. He is excited about learning how other first-generation organizations operate under institutional constraints. Israel also enjoys learning about native plants and dancing.






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Johny Ek Aban Pomona College Mobilizer

Johny Ek Aban is a Junior at Pomona College, studying Economics. He is a passionate about Educational Equity and Wealth Management for low-income families and immigrant families. He is looking forward to seeing the large population of First-generation students across the nation. Johny also enjoys hiking, visiting museums, and going out for brunch.

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Jaylin Lugardo Princeton University

Jaylin Lugardo is a sophomore at Princeton University, studying Classics with minors in Statistics and Machine Learning and Teacher Preparation. She is passionate about college access and mental health awareness, especially surrounding communities of color. She is excited to go to 1vyG for the first time! Jaylin also enjoys watching Criminal Minds and listening to Korean Pop Music.

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Edna Olvera Swarthmore College Ambassador

Edna Olvera is a freshman at Swarthmore College, studying physics. She is passionate about women and FGLI students in the STEM fields and what can be done to better support them. She is excited to attend the 1vyG conference and bring back ideas and initiatives to better develop Swarthmore's support of FGLI students. Edna also enjoys exploring Philly with friends and writing.

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Vanessa Jimenez-Read Swarthmore College Mobilizer

Vanessa is a sophomore at Swarthmore College, studying Economics and Educational Studies. She is passionate about the issues of inequality and access in the education system. She is excited about the discussions planned for this year's 1vyG conference. Vanessa also enjoys watching K-dramas and hanging out with her friends.

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Bizaye Banjaw Tufts University Mobilizer

Bizaye Banjaw is a first-year at Tufts University, studying Sociology and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about water and educational equity across the world. She is excited to get a bigger picture of higher education in the United States from her fellow first-generation students. Bizaye also enjoys civic engagement, volunteering, and reading.

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Yanelle Cruz Bonilla Tufts University Ambassador

Yanelle Cruz Bonilla is a junior at Tufts University, studying Sociology and Political Science with a minor in Latino Studies. She is passionate about equal access to education, finding solutions to issues through public policy and law, and using technology for social good. She is excited about meeting other first-generation students and being inspired by their stories at this year's 1vyG conference. Yanelle also enjoys traveling, cooking, TED talks, musical theatre, painting and dancing.

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Anna Kim University of Chicago Mobilizer

Anna is a 3rd year at the University of Chicago, studying computer science and mathematics. She is passionate about FGLI issues and working to make the first ever Midwestern FGLI conference at UChicago a reality in a few months. She is excited about this opportunity to meet and learn from everyone and hopes to collaborate with many of them. Anna also enjoys fawning over puppies and jamming out to Britney Spears.

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Naa Ashitey University of Chicago Ambassador

Naa Asheley Ashitey is a 1st Year at the University of Chicago, Studying Creative Writing/ Pre-Med. She is passionate about Healthcare and organizations that assist low-income, minority students. She is excited to interact and connect with other low-income students at various highly selective institutions. She enjoys singing, Jiu-Jitsu and being involved in house culture.

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Vanni Le Unversity of Southern California Mobilizerr

Vanni Le is a third-year at the University of Southern California, studying Public Relations with a progressive master's degree in Communication Management. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the media and entertainment. She is excited about learning from other universities and how they support their FGLI community. Vanni also enjoys singing and playing the piano and ukulele.

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Maddy O'Neal Yale University

Maddy is a junior at Yale University, studying Biomedical Engineering. She is passionate about the intersections of medicine and technology, and making medical treatment available to everyone. She is excited to meet new people at this year's 1vyG conference and continue to learn about how other universities help first-gen/low income students, and bring this knowledge back to Yale. Maddy also enjoys baking, binge-watching Netflix, and spending time with other members of the Yale Precision Marching Band.

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