Alondra Carmona, a junior at Middlebury College, is a student leader dedicated to addressing issues of immigration and immigrant rights. For the last three years Alondra has worked to bring support for Addison County farmworkers through Juntos, a student-farmworker solidarity network. Alondra led a Middlebury Alternative Break Trip partnering with RAICES where Middlebury College students volunteered with individuals who recently crossed the US-Mexico border in order to deepen student understanding of the human impacts of border issues. Alondra is also part of PALANA, an intercultural academic interest house.
I first became involved in addressing issues of immigration by volunteering in legal clinics in my high school as well as community organizations. Growing up in a community of predominantly migrant Latinos, I have seen firsthand the mistreatment of such a community and how it can immobilize not just the individual but the family as well. Now in Middlebury College I lead JUNTOS, a student-migrant solidarity group, and work with the Center for Community Engagement. Together we are able to create and guide ESL lessons for migrant farmworkers of the Vermont community as well as creating workshops for community members to help with transportation of migrant farm workers to vital appointments. Outside of Vermont, I had the opportunity to lead a group of 10 students in a one week service-learning trip to an immigration center in Texas to prepare asylum seekers for their credible fear interview in hopes of increasing their chances of being approved for status in the US.