My name is Kassandra Carrasco. I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and I am a first generation college graduate. I began my college career at Coconino Community College and later transferred to Northern Arizona University where I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in Business.
I enjoy cooking for my family and hiking with friends on my spare time. I served on the board of Northern Arizona Interfaith Council, a non-profit organization, in which I dedicated myself to working with my community to educate the Flagstaff School District on resources available to grant access to educational equity for undocumented students. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with Scott Warren for the humanitarian aid group: No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes in efforts to provide clothing, food, water and medical assistance to traveling migrants in the Arizona desert.
I quote, "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less” (Marie Curie). Every day I strive to comprehend what my generation needs to change in order to better serve future generations.
My name is Cristal Revilla Serrano, I am 20 years old and from Carbondale, Colorado. I am a sophomore and a Biology major with hopes of finding a career in the medical field. I have one sister and an awesome 5-year-old niece. My parents are both undocumented and immigrated from Mexico, and work extremely hard to help me through my education.
I was a part of a professional Mexican Folklorico dance group for twelve years. I love dancing, skiing, hiking, painting, and watching movies. I joined El Centro because I needed a space to share and express my Mexican heritage with others.
My name is Luisenrique Rabadan, I am a 20-year-old junior that was born in Los Angeles but raised in Golden Colorado. My current major is Business Administration with a focus in finance. My long-term goal is to receive my MBA and to one day work as a financial analyst for a bank or business.
I have 2 older brothers who are each married, as well as a 6-year-old niece that I love more than anything. Both of my parents are from San Pedro Limón, Mexico. They came to the United States undocumented and immigrated here in hopes for a better life for their children and that’s a sacrifice that I will always hold in my heart. I chose to work for El Centro because I wanted to be around things that made me feel like home and with El Centro being a Hispanic cultural resource center it felt right being here.
My name is Joseph Grams. I am Junior here at Fort Lewis College. My major is English, and I am also working toward a teacher licensure in secondary education and a minor in teaching English as a second language, so I can teach in the middle school and high school level. I am from Castle Rock, Colorado, which is about thirty minutes south of Denver, Colorado. I thoroughly enjoy hiking, social events, climbing, ropes courses, water skilling, church, sports, learning, and talking in Spanish. In my spare time, I practice my guitar, go on hikes, and work on my Spanish skills. I love Jesus and my family. I decided to work at El Centro because I one day want to be fluent in Spanish and enjoy Hispanic culture. So, I wanted to be involved in a work environment where I’m exposed to both the Spanish language and culture.
My name is Amoreina Espinosa I am Indigenous Mexica-Nahuatl and Anishinaabe from Red Lake. I was born and raised in Mini Sota (Minnesota). I am a Dog mom, to my precious Itzli. My major is Biology with a minor in Physics. I also work at the Peer Education Center as a Spanish tutor, and I work as a certified Lifeguard at Durango Parks and Rec. I currently hold the position of Secretary for Club Del Centro. I also co-founded the International Indigenous Youth Council-Twin Cities Chapter, I am an active chapter representative. I enjoy dancing, I am apart of Traditional Mexica-Aztec group, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtl in Minnesota. Here in Durango I enjoy hanging out with my friends going hiking, swimming and exploring.
My name is Heleny Zacamolpa Vazquez from Durango, CO. I am a freshman and an Engineering Major. I have a younger brother and a very adorable poodle. I like to stay busy and know some German and French. I love to spend time outdoors, do yoga and spend time with family. I am very happy to be working in El Centro where I can absolutely be myself.