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Gaby Fuentes ’16

gabrielaGaby Fuentes
Chicago, US
Psychology and Educational Studies

Gaby is a Psychology major and Educational Studies minor. A Chicago native, Gaby is a member of the first Chicago Posse cohort at Middlebury. In the spring of her freshman year, she was awarded the MCSC Summer Grant, which alongside funding from Middlebury alumni allowed her to launch Project: BECOMING Pilsen. In collaboration with Professor Christal Brown, the founder of the program and the chair of the dance program at Middlebury College, Gaby expanded Project: BECOMING, an empowerment program including dance and dialogue for teenage girls, to Chicago. The program worked closely with Pilsen, a predominately Mexican-American neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. She spends much of her time outside of academics involved in themes that affect Mexican-American communities. Other activities that Gaby participates in on campus include Residential Life, Distinguished Men of Color, Café con Leché, and Alianza.

Last summer, Gaby spent June at MiddCORE in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Now she is back home in Chicago working for Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) learning about state and federal immigration and refuge policy. In August, she will be working the second summer of Project: BECOMING Pilsen and aims to expand to other locations across the city of Chicago.

Click here to view Gaby’s Summer 2015 Fellowship Report.

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