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2020-21 LSB Community Fellows
Carolyn Valencia
Carolyn Valencia
2020-2021 Fellow
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

Finance Major, Political Science Minor
Home Town:  Chicago, Illinois

What were your responsibilities at your internship with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley?
As the Education Programs Intern at HFSV, I worked in the Hispanic Foundation College Success Center (HFCSC) modeling our Cradle to Career Latinos in Technology Initiative. So as an overview of some projects I worked on, I created and updated our HS/College Scholarship Book as an ongoing project, developed a Financial Literacy Workshop Series for HS Seniors, researched and centralized information regarding COVID-19 resources for Latinx communities in the Bay Area, helped to advance the offerings of our growing Conexiones Program, and contacted schools and community members across the Bay Area to increase engagement and involvement with HFSV; all alongside one of San Jose’s kindest and most intelligent teams ever!

In what ways do you think you made positive contributions to the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley?
As much as I have learned from our HFSV team and community, I hope to have contributed as well. As a dependable, proactive, and communicative intern, I was able to support my team through small and large tasks and attempted to build community both in structured meetings and team-bonding events held in-person once we were all vaccinated! Through my own knowledge of the Latinx First-Gen experience, I hope to have made a difference in the lives of my team, and especially the students we serve, as HFSV provided many opportunities for me to engage and create for them!

What would you recommend to LSB students who want to make a difference in the community?
There are endless opportunities and possibilities to better the world around us! We are so capable of impacting our communities, both through our education and experiences. Aside from contributing as much of our energy and time as possible to our neighbors, what we learn through them is even more valuable and crucial to identifying new ways to help them thrive.