Connecting Latinas for Educational Success

Our Mentors

Cropped Bio PicPriscilla E. Angulo
Master of Professional Communication
Weber State University

Priscilla is currently a Masters student at Weber State University, class of 2014. She was raised in Taylor, Utah where she attended Fremont High School. After being accepted into the Health Sciences LEAP program she moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. While there she really experienced the struggles of being a first time college student in need of guidance. In 2009, she transferred to Weber State University to complete a B.S. in Health Promotion. Her interests are in community health education with an emphasis on maternal and children’s health, teen pregnancy/STD prevention, and injury prevention. She currently holds certifications as a Child Passenger Safety Technician and a Health Education Specialist.

photo-59Erika O. Carlsen
Master of Divinity Candidate
Harvard University

Erika is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, class of 2015. She was born and raised in Ogden and attended St. Joseph Catholic High School. She graduated in 2009 from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Politics. She has held several fellowships, including the Institute for International Public Policy and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. She is the author of  “Ra/pe and War in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” published in Peace Review. Prior to attending Harvard University, she worked with Rockwood Leadership Institute and served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.  Erika is passionate about giving back to her community and she hopes to get involved in politics.

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Rebecca Valverde
Master of Arts, Community Leadership
Westminster College

Rebecca began her academic career at Salt Lake Community College where she completed an internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Shortly after, Rebecca returned to school and received an Associate’s Degree in International Studies focusing on languages. She then went to Brazil where she lived for some time studying Portuegese while teaching English at a private school. She received her bachelor’s from the University of Utah. This past June, Rebecca earned a Master of Arts in Community Leadership from Westminster college. Through her thesis project, Rebecca presented a photo exhibit on transgendered Latinas at the Broadway Theatre in Salt Lake City As a graduate student, Rebecca spent over 300 hours volunteering making her a service learning scholar at Westminster College. In addition she was recognized by Utah’s Lieutenant Governor for her volunteer efforts. Moreover, Rebecca was recognized as a leader in solutions for global challenges at the 6th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting this past April.

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Samantha Jo Vasquez
Bachelor of Arts, Family Studies
Weber State University

Samantha is currently finishing up her last semester of her undergraduate degree at Weber State University as Family Studies major and a Social Work Minor.  She was born and raised in Ogden and graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School.  She hopes to further her education by pursuing a Masters of Social Work in the near future.  She has been involved in several organizations in Ogden such as Youth Impact, Catholic Community Services and Ogden/Weber Community Action Program.  With her education and her involvement in the community she has gained a desire to help families and children within the community.

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