Edgar Chavarria, a first-year student at the University of San Diego (USD), is an active and engaged leader committed to creating positive social change in the larger San Diego community. Through USD's Youth Engagement Initiative, Edgar was selected, amongst numerous applications, for a mentor position. He currently mentors English Language Learners at a Title 1, low-income middle school located minutes from USD's campus. Upon beginning his position, Edgar's commitment, compassion, and work-ethic immediately stood out. In fact, the local middle school requested he be named coordinator of the program next year.
In addition to his exemplary work as a mentor, Edgar is active and engaged in a wide range of social issues, which include: homelessness, immigration, education, and interreligious dialogue. He has a deep understanding for the complexity of each social issue and their intersections, which is rare for a first-year student. Edgar plans to double major in History and Political Science, with the aspiration of attending law school in order to advocate for and facilitate the empowerment of marginalized communities.
Edgar Chavarria's community engagement, passion for social issues, and desire to follow a career path dedicated to marginalized communities illustrates his values. He embodies USD's commitment, as a Roman Catholic institution, to advancing academic excellence, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.
Growing up, I was an ESL student with a low socioeconomic status. It took me double the amount of work just to be at the same level as everyone else. Through the support and collaboration of my family and mentors, I was able continue my education. As I got older, I realized that it was time for me to go out and support other younger generations in order to make a difference. In high school, I was involved in the Multicultural Club where we organized events promoting inclusivity and cultural awareness. I volunteered with the I Have a Dream Foundation in Boulder County where I tutored 1st and 2nd graders. As I went on to college, I wanted to go to a place where I could further explore the Hispanic community and provide support to immigrant families, just like my own. For this reason, I chose the University of San Diego, where I could work and make a direct impact in the San Diego community. I immediately became a tutor through USD's Mulvaney Center. Today, I am able to work with students that are going through similar challenges and I hope that I can inspire more students to succeed.