As a child of Cuban immigrants who sacrificed their dreams for a better life, education became my beacon of hope growing up. Fueled by the desire to make a difference, I defied the odds and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. Eventually, I worked my way to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. This, in turn, marked a pivotal moment in my family’s history.
After navigating the challenges of being a first-generation college student without a roadmap, I realized the significance of having guidance and support. Thus, The First Gen Madrina was born- a haven for first gens like me. I promise to utilize my skills and experience in mental health, non-profits and higher education to best support the clients that I work with. My hope is to build a bridge of opportunities, creating a community where every first-gen individual can thrive and feel supported.