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CHCI-HEP CAMP Association Intern

Hometown: Ukiah, California

School: Mendocino College

Major: Spanish and Chicano/Latino Studies

Placement: The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education

Born in Jalisco Mexico, Jose Gallegos Ruiz and his family moved to the United States as first-generation immigrants in 2012. When Jose arrived to the United States, he was enrolled as a freshman in high school. He worked hard to quickly learn English in order to succeed in his classes. Inspired by his family and the struggles they have endured, Jose always has a positive attitude towards his future.

Jose was accepted to multiple universities, however, due to his family’s financial situation, he decided to attend Mendocino Community College. Jose is currently on track to transfer to a four-year institution in the fall of 2018. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Chicano/Latino studies with the goal of teaching history, culture and language to the future generations.

As a CHCI and HEP CAMP Intern, Jose Gallegos aspires to gain valuable skills, knowledge, and leadership that will benefit him in his future endeavors. Jose looks forward to experiencing a new professional work environment, in which he can network with other interns to motivate Latino students across the nation. Lastly, he wants to have a positive impact on his community and be a role model for the next migrant/farmworker generation.