Maribel Hernandez

University of La Verne

Maribel Hernandez is a first year Business Administration student at the University of La Verne and has become an active student leader on and off campus. As a freshman student she has dove into leadership roles on campus primarily through the Latino Student Forum (LSF). As the Director of Community Involvement for LSF she also helps connect the students in her club to participate in community engagement. In addition, she serves as the Freshman Ambassador of the Associated Students of the University of La Verne (ASULV). Maribel's history of community engagement began as sophomore in high school and has continued here at La Verne. She has assisted in helping the university bolster services for our diverse student body, spoken on panels and shared her personal story of the impact of deportation on her family, and continues to engage in community service with her club and in her local community, especially around the issues of education and college access. She is a dedicated and committed young woman who is seeks the empowerment of communities and is moved to engage in long-term social change especially as it relates to issues of raising awareness around discrimination and prejudice against minority groups.

Dr. Devorah Lieberman
President
University of La Verne

Personal Statement

My parents instilled in me the importance of community through their own acts of generosity and service. I saw it exemplified in their lives and they helped me to develop it in mine. My parents, immigrants from Mexico, came here for a better life for their children and they introduced me to the organization, Neighborhood Youth Association, an organization that helps low-income students, like myself, academically and supports them to earn a college degree. I started off as a participant in third grade and in tenth grade I became a Youth Leader. Throughout my childhood, I was the one receiving service from my community, however as I became a young adult I knew it is my turn to give. At the university, I became involved in the Latino Student Forum, as Director of Community Involvement. Through a service-learning course in my FLEX program I served as marketing chair, where my class raised $2000 to purchase Christmas presents for the children at a local non-profit. I am confident that my leadership and involvement with my community will continue to expand for the rest of my life.

Maribel Hernandez
Business Adminstration: Class of 2019
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio GarcĂ­a Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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