Hector Robledo

University of North Texas at Dallas

Hector Robledo is an ambitious, charismatic leader and a business administration student. He created the UNT Dallas chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and as President of the organization, coordinated a volunteer experience for his members at the 14th annual event "Cena En El Barrio" or "Dinner in the Neighborhood" at The North Texas Food Bank. This event attempts to fight poverty, hunger and relieve financial strain on struggling families. With the help of 300 LULAC members from across the metroplex, 2,800 Christmas dinner care packages were distributed around North Texas. As a Jaguar Orientation Counselor, Hector participated in new student orientations, guided new students with class registration and helped undocumented students complete their TAFSA application. A total of 45 undocumented students were enrolled in Fall 2018 and he advised each of them while sharing his journey as an undocumented student. Hector currently works as a Peer Advisor in the Academic Advising Department. Hector hopes to demonstrate to congress that undocumented DACA students have great potential to improve communities in the country. The future for the DACA program is uncertain, however Hector is optimistic and will continue to serve as a public leader in his community.

Mr. Bob Mong
University of North Texas at Dallas

Personal Statement

At a young age, I was unaware that I was an undocumented student. I became aware of my status at the age of nine and began to fear that I would not be able to attend college due to my illegal residence in the United States. In 2015, I applied and got accepted for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and realized that my dream of attending college could still be fulfilled. I began my college journey at Dallas County Community College District and traveled to the National Legislative Summit, which took place in Washington D.C. Here, I approached Senator Cornyn and Congressman Veasey and had cordial conversations about the importance of DACA. The program granted up to 800,000 undocumented immigrants the ability to work legally in the United States, further their education and helped me to receive four scholarships to obtain my degree. This experience helped me realize how I can use my journey to help other students in similar situations. I see myself working as a full-time academic advisor in the future to continue to help students realize their goals. As dreamers, we are seeking reform, we belong to this country, we are undocumented and unafraid.

Hector Robledo
Business Administration: Class of 2021
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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