CHCI-HEP CAMP Intern
Hometown: Weslaco, Texas
School: Michigan State University
Major: Political Science
Placement: The Office of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Leobardo Vallejo is a current Latinx student enrolled at Michigan State University. He was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas. Leobardo’s parents migrated from Mexico to the United States in their early twenties and had four children in the borderland cities of the Rio Grande Valley. He comes from an ambitious seasonal farm working family who has always valued education. Through his high school years, his family migrated to various states in search of work giving him challenges with his education but was able to overcome them due to his mother’s motivation. This is partly why as CAMP scholar at Michigan State University Leobardo was able to excel in his studies taking advantage of the various opportunities that came his way.
Over the time enrolled in MSU Leobardo has achieved a range of accomplishments. In October of 2017, he received the future leader scholarships sponsored by the Hispanic Commission of Michigan. Then in December, he worked diligently to earn a spot on the MSU Deans List. The following year Leobardo was awarded a position as an Intercultural Aid for the 2018 Fall semester.
As a CHCI and CAMP intern, Leobardo aims to develop the necessary skills to become a prominent figure within the field of politics. He aspires to use this opportunity to inspire those within his community. Leobardo hopes that through this internship he will be better able to mentor others that are following in his footsteps.