TAMIU’s Latino Leadership Initiative Program Participants
Posted: 6/21/12

Meet TAMIU’s Latino Leadership
Initiative Program Participants

Six Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students join a select group of 41 students from across the nation selected by The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) third installment of its Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), taking place at Harvard University.

Meet the TAMIU seniors who will attend:

Six TAMIU students have been selected to attend the third annual Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Left to right, bottom: Agar Hernandez and Sarah Gomez. Left to right, top: Guadalupe Osoria, Rafael Contreras, Victoria Rose Young and Ste
TAMIU to Harvard
Six TAMIU students have been selected to attend the third annual Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Left to right, bottom: Agar Hernandez and Sarah Gomez. Left to right, top: Guadalupe Osoria, Rafael Contreras, Victoria Rose Young and Stephanie Hernandez.

Rafael E. Contreras III is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Reading. Contreras aspires to continue his education by obtaining his graduate degree in creative writing. He was recently awarded the first Carlos and Judy Zaffirini Endowed Scholarship and the Hispanic Associations of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Scholarship. In addition to his studies, he is a part-time employee of the University helping incoming freshmen students’ transition from high school to college. He has also worked as a Student Success Mentor and student employee with the Office of Recruitment and School Relations and Office of Student Affairs. In addition, he was a member of the first graduating class of the Freshman Leadership Organization, served as an Orientation Leader, is a member of Leadership TAMIU, and a TAMIU Student Ambassador. 

Sarah Christine Gómez is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Gómez hopes to continue her education by obtaining a graduate degree in international finance. To better serve the Laredo community, she aspires to develop a program that will assist individuals become better acquainted with financial concepts. In addition to her academic rigor, she is currently employed as a supplemental instructor/tutor at the University Learning Center.  Additionally, Gómez served as a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program during the past semester and was a part of Leadership TAMIU and the Women’s Forum.

Agar Hernández is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Communication. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school and study industrial/organizational psychology. Hernández has been an active member in numerous organizations including the Model United Nations Society of South Texas, Leadership TAMIU, and the Association of International Students, to name a few. Through the generous support of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martínez Foundation, she studied abroad in São Paulo, Brazil for an intensive Portuguese course. She is currently employed part-time with the Office of Recruitment and School Relations serving as a Student Success Mentor, helping high school seniors pursue their educational goals.

Stephanie Diana Hernández is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Communications. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend Law School and obtain a J.D. to advocate for social change in child welfare, education, and juvenile justice. Hernández has been the recipient of the TAMIU First Time Freshman Scholarship, the Mayor and City Council Higher Education Scholarship, and the Laredo Webb County Bar Association Scholarship and the Lamar Bruni Vergara University Honors Program Scholarship. In addition, she has had the opportunity to present her research and scholarly work at conferences in the areas of public policy and government and competed in national academic tournaments for public speaking and debate.  She attended the ADELANTE Conference 12th Annual Leadership Institute and has served as an orientation leader at TAMIU. She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, the University Honors Program, Student Government Association, TAMIU Forensic Forum, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Leadership TAMIU. In addition, she enjoys performing with her mariachi group, an important part of her culture.

Guadalupe “Lupita” Osoria is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. After completing her undergraduate degree, she aspires to attend graduate school to complete a Master of Science in Communication Disorders with a concentration in Bilingualism. Osoria is the recipient of the Sames Scholarship and works part-time as a freshman student mentor with the TAMIU Advising and Mentoring Center. In addition to her academic and work commitments, she is involved in the Association of International Students and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. She was also part of the inaugural class from the Freshman Leadership Organization and had studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Victoria Rose Young is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend Law School. In addition to her exceptional academic success, Young is the captain of the University’s Women's Golf team and an Academic All-American. She is involved in the Student Athlete Advisory Council, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, an active member and actress with Laredo Theatre Guild International, and hopes to initiate a chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society, at TAMIU.


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