Edgar Chavarria

University of San Diego

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.

James Harris III
University President
University of San Diego

Personal Statement

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.

Edgar Chavarria
History and Political Science: Class of 2020
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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