Erika Guadalupe Núñez

Waukegan High School, Class of 2009
Bryn Mawr College, Class of 2013

At Waukegan High School, Erika excelled in her academic and extracurricular pursuits. She graduated high school as an Honor Roll student. She was also the editor of the high school yearbook, co-chair of Youth Allies C.A.R.E., co-founder of Bulldog, Inc. (a volunteer organization that seeks to improve and beautify Waukegan High School), and the layout editor of the high school newspaper. All of her incredible accomplishments helped her to gain access to Bryn Mawr College in the fall of 2009. Erika was raised by a single parent and is the first in her family to graduate high school with honors and attend college.

At Bryn Mawr, Erika worked as a tour guide from December 2009 until she graduated in 2013.  During her sophomore and junior year, she was hired as a recruiting intern for the admissions office where she was in charge of handling student volunteers for on-campus events. During her senior year, she worked as the lead recruiting intern and was in charge of all the interns, student volunteers, and tour guides and focused on minority student recruitment. During her last year Bryn Mawr she worked as a teaching assistant at Haverford College for printmaking and book arts.

2012 was a big year for Erika. She was awarded the Barbara Rubin Grant from Bryn Mawr to pursue a summer internship at Fleisher Art Memorial in May 2012 to hold a bi-annual art show that would help support community art programming in the Philadelphia area. She helped raise over $25,000. In that same month of May she became the Organizer for hotpot! Philly, a queer Asian immigrant advocate group. Erika is a dedicated activist and advocate for social justice.

Beginning in June 2012 she was a Community organizer for DreamActivist Pennsylvania, where she worked to stop deportations and help support community empowerment for undocumented individuals through workshops, rallies, and activism. In November 2012, she trained as a legal interpreter for the Audre Lorde Project for LGBTQIA individuals. Erika graduated from Bryn Mawr in 2013 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a recommendation from Haverford College (Bryn Mawr and Haverford have a bi-college agreement).

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