Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
School: University of Oklahoma
Major: Industrial Engineering
Placement: The Office of Rep. Ben Lujan
Carlos Rubio Regalado was born in Tamazula de Gordiano, en el gran estado de Jalisco, México. His parents, Carlos and Gloria Rubio, are his greatest inspiration and instilled the importance of education within him and his two sisters. Carlos immigrated with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, at a young age and faced many difficulties as an undocumented student. Carlos’ drive in the face of uncertainty motivates him to promote the importance of education to future generations, and he recognizes the importance of the sacrifice that his parents made to provide him the opportunity to learn.
Carlos studies Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Spanish at The University of Oklahoma. On campus, he serves as one of two student advisors for the President’s Leadership Class – the states flagship leadership program for developing and guiding young, talented students through their collegiate experience. Carlos is the Vice Chair for the University’s largest cultural event, the Day of the Dead Street Festival. At the Day of the Dead festival, over ten thousand members of the Norman and Oklahoma City surrounding community celebrate the cultures that participate in the festival.
He is passionate about empowering future generations – especially people of color and those who may be first generation college students. Carlos serves on leadership teams for the High School Leadership Conference and Latinos Without Borders, bringing together students from across Oklahoma and from across the nation to experience what higher education at the University of Oklahoma has to offer. As a CHCI Intern, Carlos hopes to learn how to empower disadvantaged communities through politics. He hopes to understand how policies are implemented and how he and his fellow interns can work together to create effective change for their own communities.