Yarik Molina

University of North Texas at Dallas

Yarik’s most recent accomplishment involves the Citizenship Course with Dr. Mara Vaughn and the Hispanic Community Empowerment Project, a student-led program that provides Hispanic adults an opportunity to attain a GED in Spanish. With a GED, these students can pursue higher paying jobs that normally require a diploma. The Citizenship Course has been so successful that many of them have received their US citizenship, including Yarik and his mother. These two programs have enabled more than 300 students to ready themselves for the US civics test and more importantly, gain social mobility by competing in the job market and furthering their education.

Yarik is also committed to advocating and promoting the interests of the student body on campus. His position as the Student Government Association Public Relations Officer allows him to contribute to the issues pertinent to his fellow classmates. Some of those issues include the broader topics that impact UNT Dallas from local, state, and federal legislation, such as DACA, tuition cost, and social issues of bullying, racism, and exclusivity.

Through his various involvements Yarik hopes to equip and empower others to not only fulfill their dreams but also move our Hispanic community to higher and greater things.

Robert Mong
University of North Texas at Dallas

Personal Statement

Coming to a country that has afforded me so many opportunities and the privilege to live a prosperous and ambitious life, it is important for me to give back. Whether it was a mission trip while in youth ministry, interning at a homeless shelter, or tutoring special needs individuals, the idea of empowering others has always been my heart’s passion. More specifically, the sacrifices my parents made, inspires me to serve the Hispanic community. That is why I feel it is my duty to serve others on their journey towards socioeconomic mobility.

During the past two years, my involvement with the GED and US Citizenship programs at UNT Dallas has grown my passion even more. Meeting these aspiring and dedicated students, I am reminded that I am a first-generation immigrant and a first-generation college student. As a result of this experience, I have gained so much interest and motivation to do more than ever before. Through the support and mentoring of my professors, I am diligently working towards becoming an immigration lawyer. In a world where so much is dividing our community, I will do whatever I can to keep us together, equipping Latinos to reach their dreams too.

Yarik Molina
Human Services Management and Leadership / Law School (Anticipated start Fall 2020): Class of 2023
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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