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CHCI-Toyota Intern
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
School: New York University
Major: Collaborative Arts and Environmental Studies
Placement: The Office of Rep. Jamaal Bowman

Eric (He/Him) was born in Yonkers, NY, and raised in Brooklyn. The son of working-class immigrants from Puebla, Mexico—his family’s struggles with immigration, narco-violence, and housing insecurity drives his passion for advocacy and finding creative solutions to socioeconomic issues. Eric attends New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts studying Collaborative Arts and Environmental Studies, where he’s devoted to fostering student success, belonging, and community partnerships. For two years Eric was Co-Chair of NYU Welcome, the university’s primary orientation and transition program.

He also serves in Student Government, authoring letters of support for undocumented families and organizing initiatives such as Narcan training. Eric was elected Senator for Latine Students and Undocumented Families and the Senior Class Activities Board and Commuter Student Council. In these roles, Eric has and will organize with students and administrators for thousands who call NYU home.

Additionally, Eric has experience in working-class barrios at non-profits such as Mixteca Org., where he supports their food distributions and vaccination campaigns, and with progressive leaders such as Councilmember Alexa Avilés. Furthermore, his work as an arts educator for high school students through The Moth, a storytelling non-profit, catalyzes his devotion to arts equity. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a master’s in the arts as well as a law degree to build an interdisciplinary career in creativity and advocacy.

As a CHCI Intern, Eric wishes to build off his experiences as an artist, educator, and advocate and learn how to champion Latine and working-class communities through legislation and policy.