Josue Rivera Valdez is a young man who is driven by possibilities and intellectual curiosity. Born in the Dominican Republic, Josue learned to speak English upon his arrival to the United States at the age of twelve. he now a UMass Dartmouth Chancellor's list Sophomore studying computer science, researching advanced artificial intelligence and deeply involved in his campus and local community.
From STEM tutoring and mentoring at the local YMCA, to serving as a translator at New Bedford High School parent workshops and preparing taxes for low income residents, Josue's interest in sharing his technical, language, and leadership skills knows no bounds. He can be found in leadership positions within student government and club organizations. As a model of an engaged scholar, we look forward to Josue's potential to make the world a better place.
My civic journey began upon my arrival in the United States when I was twelve years old. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to meet people, improve my English language skills, and learn about my community. In high school, I became interested in technology. I funneled this passion into working with middle school students as their head coach for the first Lego robotics league. Through this opportunity, I taught them about computer science and robotics.
As a college student, I now teach a STEM class at the local YMCA. My civic interests have also grown to included participation in student government and Model United Nations. I look forward to a future when I will combine my passion in technology and leadership skills to help make the world healthier and happier.