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Congressional Internship Program Summer 2010

Claudia Valencia is an International Services Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her work focuses on advising the F-1 international student population. Her travel experiences and knowledge of different cultures has benefited her greatly in her current and past roles as it has allowed her to practice her work with compassion, empathy and understanding. Claudia is passionate about immigration work and found that was her calling during her time spent serving the community at Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez’s (D-IL) district office in Chicago. Her work over the years has allowed her to learn about the forces that drive individuals to depart their native countries in search of opportunities abroad. This has helped her develop workshops and programs that assist international and immigrant communities navigate U.S. culture in hopes of facilitating their transition to their temporary or permanent new homes.

A Chicago native, Claudia joined the CHCI Alumni Association Chicago Chapter in 2016 first, as a general member and later moved on to serve as the chapter’s President. Chicago has a strong base of CHCI alumni and Claudia’s goal was to have the chapter engage with as many local alumni as possible to foster a sense of community through their shared experiences in Washington D.C. and their experiences as young professionals in Chicago.

Claudia is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her puggle, Frida and staying up-to-date with current fashion trends.