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Mark Barrios

CHCI-Walmart Congressional Intern
Hometown: Lowell, Arkansas
School: Crowder College
Major: Psychology
Placement: The Office of Senator Doug Jones

Mark was born in Berryville, a small town located in Northern Arkansas. He was raised in a single parent household and moved frequently because his mother was unable to financially support him and his siblings. His mother migrated by herself to the United States to seek a brighter future for her and her future family. Being a first-generation college student made it difficult for him to succeed in school. Now, he enjoys helping students like him who are incoming first-generation college students or are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. He has worked with the College Assistance Migrant Program as a mentor and tutor, and with TRIO’s Upward Bound program as a Residential Assistant. He is focused on giving back to his community and supporting individuals that need their voices heard.

Mark is a sophomore at Crowder College, Neosho located in Southwest Missouri. He is currently majoring in Psychology but plans to switch over to Political Science and have a minor in Psychology. In the future he hopes to help children who have mental illnesses, but he also has a desire to be an advocate for minorities across the nation.

As a CHCI intern, Mark wants to have firsthand experience in the Legislative branch. He wishes to be more knowledgeable about the legislative process and obtain more information about public policies that affect Latino communities. He desires to learn and grow as a strong positive leader and impact his community back at home.