Zoe Betancourt

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Zoe Betancourt, a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is an emerging student leader in multicultural mentorship and sustainable change with a focus on "U.S. and the World." This year, she is working with her first-year seminar class to develop a high school mentoring program for first-generation college students as a service-learning research project. Building on her work in high school as a mentor, she has already taken a leading role in student organizations and creating a multicultural sorority to support diverse students and combat educational inequality.

Gary Miller
Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Personal Statement

Being a freshman in college is nerve-wracking, especially when you are a minority student who goes to a heavily white populated school. Yet, in only five months, I have grown into a woman that I never thought I could be. I am one of the founding eight of the only multicultural sorority on campus that advocates for cultural competency. I also joined Women of Color and Diversity Task Force; these organizations have helped shape me into an open-minded, problem-solving individual who still has room to grow. Being in the United States during the 2016 election taught me that there are people who don't have a voice. My goal is to be that voice for those people, so they know that there are people working day and night trying to make their lives better, not only for them but for future generations. My drive for trying to make these advancements comes from my seven-year old sister, one of the smartest kids I know. I want to make sure she goes through life developing as a well-rounded individual who has the persistence and drive in order to make social changes for years to come.

Zoe Betancourt
Democracy and Justice Studies/U.S. and the World : Class of Spring 2021
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 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 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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