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CHCIAmgen Intern
Hometown: Passaic, New Jersey
School: Essex County College, Colorado College
Major: Environmental Science
Placement: The Office of Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Karen Correa Faro is a proud DACA recipient who came to the United States at the age of five from Ixtapaluca, Mexico. Due to her legal status, attending college was not an easy task even with an outstanding academic history. With determination and commitment, Karen earned a full scholarship to Essex County College in Newark, NJ. Knowing that she was not the only one under the same circumstances, she established her own organization, We the Dreamers, in order to assist the undocumented community on campus in pursuing higher education. In addition, Karen became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and a semifinalist of the nation’s largest transfer scholarship, the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

She is known to be a leader and activist within her community, and is prepared to take the same characteristics and implement them into her career. Karen’s goal is to become a wildlife biologist to protect and revitalize habitats that have been destroyed due to human activity. Karen’s various passions have encouraged her to expand her knowledge beyond the sciences and into the legislative work. Being politically active has shown her that there is more than one way to convey an issue adequately and effectively. As a CHCI intern, Karen hopes to learn how to successfully bring critical issues to the attention of Congress, while creating a bigger network with other diligent and bright Hispanics.