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Rochelle Rivera, Social Work

Rochelle Rivera.jpgRochelle Rivera has been a Center for Advanced Study of International Development and Center for Gender in Global Context Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow recipient for two academic years. She is a junior in the School of Social Work, with an additional major in international development, as well as minors in Portuguese and Latin American studies.

Through the fellowship, Rochelle has been able to complete a minor in Portuguese and become proficient in the two main languages of Latin America. Rochelle is a Puerto Rican-born Latina committed to social justice and equity within Latino communities in the United States and around the world. In particular, Rochelle is interested in delivering services to low-income Latino communities. Rochelle currently organizes volunteer groups to travel to Villa El Salvador, Peru, where they engage in community development and volunteer work. Rochelle was also able to travel to Brazil to expand her cross-cultural community work. In the future, Rochelle plans to continue to develop her professional and research skills in graduate school to help address the needs of Latino communities. 

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