Harvard Latino Leadership Student Profiles
Posted: 6/13/13

TAMIU Latino Leadership
Initiative Student Profiles

The members of the 2013 Class of TAMIU students selected to participate in the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School are:

Eduardo Castillo, Karina Vidal and Jesus Vasquez. Bottom, left to right are Leslie Martinez, Lorena Zapata and Beatriz Gonzalez

TAMIU Students Join Harvard Program
Six Texas A&M International University students have been selected for the
Latino Leadership Institute this June at Harvard Kennedy School.
Pictured left to right, top are Eduardo Castillo, Karina Vidal and Jesus Vasquez.
Bottom, left to right are Leslie Martinez, Lorena Zapata and Beatriz Gonzalez.

Eduardo Castillo is a Texas A&M International University junior seeking a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology. Castillo plans to teach English abroad after completing his undergraduate career and then pursue a graduate degree in Foreign Service. He has been active in the Association of International Students, Model United Nations Society of South Texas, and Leadership Journey. Scholarship assistance from the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, Critical Need Language Supplement, International Education Fee Scholarship, and the Guadalupe and Lilia Martínez International Fellows Scholarship have enabled him to study abroad in Beijing and Shanghai, China for two separate intensive Mandarin language programs. This summer, he will participate in his third Study Abroad program, a Business and Politics program in the European Union.  He will also serve as a volunteer in Turkey, teaching English and sport activities. He currently serves as an International Student Mentor, has been a facility manager at the campus Recreational Center, and has interned as a Spanish Language Liaison through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) in Washington, D.C.

Beatriz “Betty” González is a Texas A&M International University senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Biology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school and study Public Administration. She is a Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust Fellowship Scholarship recipient, and is part of the University Honors Program and Honor Roll. She is currently employed as a freshman mentor in the Office of Advising and Mentoring, helping first-time freshman in their educational goals. She has been an Orientation Leader in TAMIU’s Freshman Orientation for the past two summers. This summer, with the help of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martínez Foundation, she will travel to Almeria, Spain to take part in an intensive Spanish Course. She is the mother of a four-year-old daughter, Andrea, and is the first in her family to attend college.

Leslie Martínez is a Texas A&M International University junior seeking a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a minor in Translation. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to obtain an MA in Foreign Languages and Interpretation. She is the founder and president of TAMIU’s Rotaract International Club and part of the International Student Mentor Program, and TAMIU Student Ambassadors. She was selected for the Reading the Globe: Chile Program, was a member of the Freshman Leadership Organization, and the Association of International Students. Through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, she studied abroad in Germany. She is fluent in Spanish and German and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese. She is a part-time employee in the Office of Recruitment and School Relations, serving as a Student Success Mentor and assisting incoming freshmen in their transition to the University.

Jesús Arnulfo Vazquez is a Texas A&M International University junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. After completing his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend graduate school and earn a Master’s in Public Administration. He is currently employed as an academic consultant at the University Learning Center and assists students in mathematics. He is a member of the Engineering Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.  His strong interest in public service and his volunteer service has guided his decision to seek a career in the public sector career. After finishing his studies, he plans to pursue a career either in public works or engineering with the ultimate goal of one day becoming TAMIU’s first engineering graduate to serve as either Laredo’s public works director or chief engineer.

Karina Vidal is a Texas A&M International University junior seeking a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Master’s in Business Administration. She is a Sanchez Family Foundation Fellowship Scholarship recipient, and was recently awarded the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Scholarship. She is a part-time employee with the Office of Recruitment and School Relations.  She serves as a Student Success Mentor, helping incoming college freshman pursue their educational goals. Additionally, she was a member of the Freshman Leadership Organization, served as an Orientation Leader, is a member of the Newman Club, and a TAMIU Student Ambassador.

Lorena Zapata is a Texas A&M International University junior seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in English.  She plans to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy, and then attend Law School and start her own law firm. She is a D. D. Hachar Honors Scholarship recipient as well as a Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust Assistantship Scholarship recipient. She tutored History, Government and Earth Science at the TAMIU Learning Center and works as a research assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of Public Affairs and Social Research. She is involved in the Honor Council and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. For summer 2014 she will undertake a TAMIU Study Abroad program in Greece.


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