Rosa Vazquez

2018 Cheng Fellow

Rosa Vasquez is a junior at Harvard College studying Government with a minor in Ethnicity, Migration and Rights and a citation in Spanish. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico and immigrated to Santa Ana, California as a child. Because of the complexity of her migration story, Rosa did not qualify for DACA and this exposed her to the injustices that undocumented immigrants in the U.S experience daily. While in school, Rosa was constantly told that undocumented students could not attend college. Her lived experiences fuel her passion to ensure that undocumented youth are connected with the resources and support needed to access higher education opportunities. As a Cheng Fellow, Rosa will run a summer program in her hometown of Santa Ana that equips undocumented youth in public schools with the tools needed to best prepare for higher education. This program will also promote civic engagement by educating undocumented students about their rights, and the local and political ecosystem in which they exist, with the aim of empowering young people to embrace their undocumented identity.