Ana Benitez

University of La Verne

Ana Benitez, a third year Kinesiology student at the University of La Verne, is an engaged student leader on and off campus. She inspires her peers, faculty, staff, and the broader community through her advocacy of STEM and first-generation Latinx college student programming. Her experiences with service, dialogue, and community building have inspired her to take on leadership roles within various student organizations to find long-term solutions that create lasting change. She currently serves as a Resident Assistant with the Housing and Residential Life Department to keep a positive housing environment for the 32% of the student population that live on campus. She also serves the Alumni Relations Office to connect and support the 30,000 plus Alumni to the University. In addition to her leadership roles, she is a Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority National Panhellenic Delegate Chair, a 2019-2020 TELACU College to Success Program Scholar and a First-Generation Mentor with the First Generation and Peer Mentorship Office. Her involvement is endless, but her drive, commitment and personal disposition is inspirational!

Devorah Lieberman
University of La Verne

Personal Statement

I first became aware of the lack of opportunities and resources for Latinx communities and first-generation students in the STEM fields in high school when I entered the Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement Program. As I got older, I became more involved in advocating for Latinx students and the resources they need in order to get in and through college. During my experiences, I came to understand how to leverage the resources available to me, and how to work with Latinx organizations on campus to build community. I am currently involved in the peer-mentoring program to support incoming Latinx First-Generation students to succeed in their academics and engage with their community. I am also involved with Phi Sigma Sigma organization that advocates for education and college readiness for students who at times do not have access to scholastic resources.

Ana Benitez
Kinesiology: Class of 2021
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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