Beatriz, a native of Hialeah, FL, graduated from Florida State University in 2016 as a first generation college student, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology, International Affairs, and a concentration in Spanish. She also obtained a certification in Leadership Studies. While attending FSU, Beatriz studied abroad in Israel where she completed a Direct Individual Study on Human Trafficking, she became an FSU Community Ambassador for Capital City Youth Services which provides resources to the homeless youth, and was an active member of her campus Greek life serving as the President and Community Service Chairwoman of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. Before graduation she was inducted into Florida State’s Greek Hall of Fame, CARE Hall of Fame, and received the Chapter President of the Year Award.

During her upperclassmen years, Beatriz worked at the Center for Leadership & Social Change, where she discovered her passion for service learning and social justice advocacy. Due to her strong commitment to the community, Beatriz became a Gold medalist of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. After working with Impact Florida, Beatriz plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs while continuously volunteering in service projects.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“Chazak, chazak, v’nitzchazek” it is a traditional Hebrew chant for “Be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened.”

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

I was accepted to be Camp Counselor for the FSU chapter of Camp Kesem in 2015, and it was the most beautiful thing I was ever a part of. Camp Kesem is an organization that strives in providing love, fun, and a free week of camp to children who are coping with a parent’s or guardian’s cancer. My father passed away when I was 7 years old, I knew exactly where their fears lie and how much support they needed; that is what drove me to surpass my personal fundraising goal for the cause. When you hear the stories these kids say, you’re floored with how much strength these little beings have and how much they are capable of enduring for their loved ones. Being able to provide these children with a fun camp week where all they have to worry about is being a kid is truly fulfilling.