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Scholar of the Month

Andrea Gutierrez - November 2014 Scholar of the Month

Andrea Gutierrez
CHCI 2012 Scholar
Staten Island, New York
B.A., Sociology
New York University

Andrea’s past experiences have made her into the student, daughter, and person she is today. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents from Honduras who were unable to get a sufficient education in their native land. Fortunately, she was encouraged to hunger for a life in which a remarkable education is the North Star that leads to a notable career. From a young age, her mother instilled within her heart the idea that she would move mountains one day. Her mother would remind her that with an education, her dreams could become something more. As Andrea grew older, she enjoyed learning new things and adventuring out into the world, while always keeping in mind her mother’s words. Twenty-one years later, Andrea’s mother still remains her sheer motivation, as she has taught her how to be independent and persistent—both valuable qualities and traits necessary to succeed.

Now as a senior at New York University, Andrea has realized that her dream is to advocate for underserved families—those who, because of language and socioeconomic barriers, face difficulties in the legal justice system. Andrea is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and upon completing her freshman year she was accepted into the New York Needs You Fellowship Program tailored for high-achieving, first-generation college students. This program has provided her with the blueprint for success, which includes guidance, support and opportunities. Andrea is also active in her community and currently serves as a bilingual advocate at Health Leads in the predominantly Latino community of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Through her work at Health Leads, Andrea has assisted families in preventing crises and has served as a liaison between government and community resources.   

Andrea also has a passion for education and hopes to one day establish a non-profit whose purpose is to generate educational initiatives that tackle language and social barriers. She wants to create a culturally sensitive curriculum so that every child can exercise their right to education and can take full advantage of it. To further explore this interest, Andrea has also participated in two Alternative Breaks Service Trips, one to Los Angeles, California to explore and combat the School to Prison pipeline and another to Shanghai, China to provide English instruction to children of migrant workers.

Upon graduating from NYU, Andrea intends to pursue a Juris Doctorate specializing in Public Interest Law. One may ask her, “Why study law?” Andrea explains that growing up witnessing members of her community become victims of domestic violence gave her a thirst for justice. As a Latina lawyer, she wants to bridge the gap between the American legal system and underrepresented communities by ensuring that the rights of the people are protected. Andrea has a passion to assist her community, especially those who suffer from domestic violence and are encountering the legal system. She wants to create institutional avenues that will take the language, socioeconomic and cultural aspects of the Latino community into consideration.  

In her pursuit towards accomplishing her dreams, Andrea is thankful for the opportunity to be a CHCI Scholar. Andrea believes that as a CHCI Scholar actively involved with her school and her community, she has the responsibility and commitment to give back and pursue a career in law, advocacy and education.

Past Scholar of the Month

Elias Jimenez - September 2014 Scholar of the Month
Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
Roy Nuñez -- November 2012 Scholar
Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
Eddie L. Castanon - March 2011
Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010