B.A. History and Political Science
Graduate Student, The New School
Hometown and Current residence: Brooklyn, NY
As a Saint Rose student, Guadalupe Chavez ’16 studied in Florence, Italy, interned with the Center for Law and Justice in Albany, took part in service trips to shelters in Washington and worked with immigrants in her hometown Brooklyn. Chavez was president of the College’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, and won the service award from the History and Political Science Department two years in a row. And, she spent her final semester as an intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington – one of 22 interns selected from among 5,000 applicants nationwide.
Inspired by her political science professors, her service work and internships, Chavez is now determined to support marginalized Americans, particularly Hispanic immigrants. “My ultimate goal is to find a job where I can speak up and defend my community and individuals who are disenfranchised,” Chavez said before graduating magna cum laude. As a Hispanic-American and first-generation college student, Chavez said she enjoyed lending her perspective to her Saint Rose classes and framing it in scholarly terms. She published a paper in the College’s Journal of Undergraduate Research on the practice in some states of randomly asking immigrants to produce their papers. Then, she saw first-hand how laws are made while serving as an intern for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York City.
Now pursuing a master’s degree in politics at The New School in New York City, Chavez has goals that are no less bold than the path she followed at Saint Rose: she hopes eventually to earn a Ph.D. and represent the Latino community, perhaps in the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate.