Meet Our Team
Community outreach chair
Paola is a third-year pre-med/medical anthropology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is from Dallas, Texas. Paola is involved with the Political Latinx United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS), the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentor Program (PMP) and Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research Program (USOAR).
As the community outreach chair, Paola hopes to help students find a community not only on Grounds but off Grounds too. She believes that it will not only benefit the students but the community will appreciate the work and effort towards creating a bridge between them and UVA’s Latinx student community.
Mica is a second-year media studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mica is involved with the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentor Program (PMP) and WUVA news.
As LSA’s Cultura chair, Mica wants every Hispanic and Latin country to feel represented in LSA. As an international student, she knows how it feels to have your home far way from you. She hopes to provide each member of the Latinx community with a space and/or a moment that reminds them oh home.
sTEPHANIE GERNENTZ CONTRERAS
Stephanie is a second-year chemical engineering and environmental sciences double major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is from Richmond, Virginia. Stephanie is involved with the Clark Scholars Program Leadership Council, Latinx Leadership Institute, the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentoring Program (PMP), University Salsa Club, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
As LSA’s financial officer, she would like to expand LSA’s sources of funding to better serve the Hispanic/Latinx community at UVA.
FIRST YEAR AND TRANSFER ENGAGEMENT
Sam is a second-year intending to major in global security and justice. She is from Houston, Texas. Sam is involved with second-year student council, student council and Central Americans for Empowerment (CAFÉ).
As the first-year and transfer student engagement chair, Sam hopes to aid the incoming first-year Latinx students in having the best first-year experience. She wants to help close the cultural gaps between the student themselves and the UVA culture.
professional development chair
Magin is a second-year intending to major in Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is from Woodbridge, Virginia. Magin is involved with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA-PBL), WUVA News, University Democrats (UDems), and the Echols Ambassador/Mentor Program.
As professional development chair, Magin wants to curate post-graduation resources and programs that already exist for students but for a variety of reasons aren’t made accessible to the Latinx community. He would like to focus on resources for first-generation students and providing a series of workshops to contribute to their success post-graduation.
Lorin is a second-year civil engineering major in the School of Engineering. She is from Bronx, New York. Lorin is involved with the Mechatronics and Robotics Society, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.
As LSA’s Social Co-Chair, Lorin hopes to make the Latinx student community feel stronger and more connected through social events. She also hopes to help incoming first-year Latinx students feel accepted and welcomed in our community.
Elizabeth is a second-year in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is from Lovettsville, Virginia. Elizabeth is involved with Madison House, UVA Salsa Club, and second-year student council. She also works at the UVA Bookstore.
As LSA’s social co-chair, Elizabeth hopes to forge a united Latinx identity and presence at the University and in the greater Charlottesville community. She would like to push LSA to work with other organizations to create the change we want to see in our University. Elizabeth hopes to help LSA accept criticism and grow from it too. In addition, she would like to provide opportunities for non-Latinx students to learn about the issues facing Latinx students and to be apart of the solution of facing these obstacles. In Elizabeth’s own words, she wants, “LSA to be remembered for its kindness, perseverance, and solidarity.”
Kayla is a third-year history major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is from Culpeper, Virginia. Kayla is involved with Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity (PAD), the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentor Program (PMP), and Student Council’s Diversity Engagement committee (StudCo). Her favorite study spot is the stacks room in Alderman library.
As LSA secretary, Kayla hopes to expand LSA’s outreach toward the overall Latinx student population at UVA. She wishes to promote consistency and accountability within LSA’s organization and logistics. She also hopes to become an easy source of contact for incoming first-year Latinx students.
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