Major(s)/Minor(s): Operations Management & Information Systems and Spanish/International Business
Hometown: Mill Creek, WA
Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, guitar, piano, geography, aviation, church ministry
Activities Involved in On-Campus: Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field, NPI, SAAC, CORE Christian Fellowship
How I came to work on NPI and what I’ve learned: NPI presented itself to me Winter Quarter of my sophomore year. I saw a unique opportunity to incorporate both of my focuses at Santa Clara (Business and Spanish) into a local outreach program. Sometimes we wonder how our studies at a university will serve us in the future; I couldn’t have stumbled upon a more blatant opportunity to share my gifts with our San José community. My initial contact with NPI was through Yolanda’s Market, a small carniceria and restaurant in San José. Our class’ efforts were directed towards boosting a customer base and increasing profits. I played the unique role of focusing on financials and modernizing a point of sale (POS) system in the store while using my Spanish language to communicate more effectively with the primarily Latino, Spanish-speaking clientele.
My work at Yolanda’s continues today, mainly as a result of what I learned through my experiences there. I realized that I committed to a neighbor, a community member, and more importantly, a family member of this larger global family, that I would see the project through until its completion. It’s a project that will “take as long as it takes.” NPI has taught me to stay true to my word, see projects through until the end, and most importantly, to seek justice for those we serve.