Esperanza (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a second-generation Mexican immigrant born in Chicago and raised in western North Carolina. She studied philosophy, political science, and social and economic justice at UNC-Chapel Hill. As part of a philosophy fellowship, Esperanza enjoyed coaching high school students in presenting their ethical viewpoints. She also became involved with student ally groups during this time, and directly assisted survivors of domestic violence as a local Hotline Advocate and Interpreter for two years. Esperanza joined the program Teach for America after graduating and moved to Charlotte, where she guided high school students in mastering Spanish and co-advised the Latin American Students Association (LASA) and LGBTQ+ Alliance. Following her contract, Esperanza returned to supporting survivors of domestic violence at Compass Center, this time providing culturally-competent services for clients with Limited English Proficiency as Director of Latinx Services. The calling to serve our diverse community brought Esperanza to El Pueblo where she supports community leaders in advocating for justice and change. She enjoys running, playing music and visiting the flea market in her free time.
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