Ashley Sánchez

University of Northern Iowa

Ashley Sánchez is articulate, full of energy, knowledgeable and an effective communicator. She reflects the spirit of the Newman Civic Fellowship in a variety of ways evidenced through her investment of time and talent to advocate for immigrant rights and her desire to continuously improve and make the University of Northern Iowa and the Cedar Valley a better community. Ashley is a first-generation college student from a mixed status family, a McNair Scholar, and is double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. Ashley is passionate about creating change and making the world a better place. She strives to create an inclusive and caring community in order for everyone to feel welcome. Ashley is currently waiting to hear back from several graduate colleges across the country in order to pursue her Ph.D. in Sociology. She hopes that her graduate degree will help her advance her dream of advocating for and empowering undocumented citizens. Her work on campus at the Universty of Northern Iowa and in the Cedar Valley community has helped prepare Ashley for her upcoming graduate degree and her ability to make a change in the world.

Mark Nook
University of Northern Iowa

Personal Statement

I have always considered myself an advocate for the undocumented community. I come from a mixed status family, meaning that my family is made up of people with different citizenship and immigration statuses. As a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, I stand behind the 11 million undocumented people in the United States. From a young age, I understood the harmful consequences of deportation. Similar to other immigrants in Iowa, my parents came to the United States for a better life. Mixed-status families across Iowa deserve to be protected and kept together like all other Iowan families. On campus, I started getting involved with non-profit organizations that provide resources for immigrant students and families. I have volunteered my time translating at free legal clinics, and organizing workshops that empower the immigrant community. I am not only involved in community efforts that resist harmful legislation that targets the undocumented people in Iowa, but also in efforts that advocate for pro-immigrant policies in Iowa. Without my parent's brave efforts I would not have had the opportunities to excel at the University of Northern Iowa, and I owe it to them and the 11 million undocumented people to ensure their rights remain protected.

Ashley Sánchez
Majoring in Spanish and Psychology : Class of 2018
written 2018

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Terrell Saunders, UNC Greensboro Lizbeth Morales, Univeristy of North Texas at Dallas Evelyn Denisse Monreal Pitones, Universidad de Monterrey Mikita Thompson, University of Baltimore Jayda Williams, University of Central Arkansas Madeline Mills, University of Central Florida Kalen Russell, University of Central Oklahoma Wanjiku Gatheru, University of Connecticut Sarah Richard, University of Dayton Liliana Diaz-Solodukhin, University of Denver Krista Smith, University of Florida Mariana Grijalva, University of Houston-Downtown Marvin Slaughter, University of Illinois at Chicago Alix Fisk, University of Kansas Cynthia Corona, University of La Verne Taryn Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Stephanie Milani, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Josue Rivera Valdez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faith Boone, University of Miami Anna Maria Genovesi, University of Michigan-Flint Jennifer Mossgraber, University of Missouri - St. Louis Sophie Moon, University of Montana Spencer Whyte, University of Mount Union Cassandra Griffin, University of Nebraska Omaha Daniel Suber, University of North Carolina Asheville Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Katherine Rasmussen, University of North Florida Brittaney Dyer, University of North Georgia Ashley Sánchez, University of Northern Iowa Prathm Juneja, University of Notre Dame Sabine Brown, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Heidi Lee, University of Pennsylvania Matthew Bell, University of Puget Sound Victoria Stabile, University of Rhode Island Alicia Jiggetts, University of Richmond Josefina Jaramillo, University of San Diego Daizha Green, University of South Carolina Tiana Burgess, University of South Carolina Beaufort Michael Sullivan, University of St Thomas Wendy Hoang, University of Wisconsin - Madison Yoger Aguilar, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Zoe Betancourt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Sydney Mastey, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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