Araceli Martínez

Araceli Martínez

Summary

Languages: English and Spanish.

I was born in Morelia, Michoacán and immigrated to the U.S. when I was six with my mother. Leaving my two younger brothers behind for a little more than a year was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I left behind my extended family, my friends, my roots - all I knew. La Magdalena, a very small town 20 minutes away from Morelia was my home for my first six years. Everyone knew each other and it was drastically different to Reno, but eventually I grew to love this place and now I call it home. I was the first in my family to learn English. By default, I became everyone's translator/interpreter and I strongly disliked it as a child. In retrospect, now I am extremely thankful for being bilingual and for all the opportunities it has given me, especially when I am able to assist my community.

I attended seven different Washoe County School District schools from 1st to 12th grades and I was an English as a Second Language (ESL) student until 5th grade. As a first-generation college student, I received my Master's in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Reno as well as my Bachelor's Degrees in Spanish and Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I have worked extensively with diverse populations in the areas of outreach, retention and graduation in northern Nevada. I couldn't have done this without the support of great role models – I am a proud alumna of two TRiO programs. Advocating for students and parents is just one way of giving back as I once received from others in the form of advice and direction. Everything I have achieved is thanks to my mother's sacrifices and the hardships she had to overcome. I am who I am today thanks to the support of my family.