Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez

University of Miami

Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez is a junior at the University of Miami studying International Studies and English Literature. Prior to transferring to the University of Miami, Luiza discovered a passion for service and service-learning as it pertains to environmentalism at Miami Dade College. Since the fall of 2014,
Luiza has been involved with the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches where she has coordinated various community events supporting sustainable practices and was instrumental in the coordination of the Environmental Film Fest. In addition to this, Luiza has volunteered with the Miami Rescue Mission and has organized local collection drives to support those experiencing homelessness. She has been recognized with the President's Volunteer Service Award. Through her extensive volunteer experiences, it is evident that Luiza has committed to positively impacting her global communities.

Julio Frenk
University of Miami

Personal Statement

Through my volunteer and service-learning experiences, I found my niche in sustainability and global citizenship. In high school, I was a student
ambassador to Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) - a nonprofit that targets the lack of sanitation systems in Haiti. Volunteering with SOIL led me into a path in environmental conservation, sustainability, and education that transcends into the global community. Throughout my advocacy work, I met with local government officials, devised fundraising projects and promoted sustainable living practices in my locality. Every day, I aspire to educate and encourage others - whether its my family, peers or the residents of my city - to address and learn about social issues. As an environmental advocate with the local nonprofit Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches (ECOMB), I extend this influence onto the residents of South Florida by coordinating ecological restoration projects and planning environmental movie screenings. My service experiences have shaped me into a passionate global citizen and community educator. Through my community engagement experiences, I have not only developed my own paradigm but also inspired others to - as John Quincy Adams once said - "dream more, learn more, do more and become more.

Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez
International Studies and English Literature: Class of May 2018
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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