Josue Rivera Valdez

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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.

Robert Johnson Phd
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Personal Statement

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.

Josue Rivera Valdez
computer science/math: Class of 2020
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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