I had the privilege of meeting Damaris in January 2018, and was immediately impressed with her willingness to help the community, her drive to achieve her Bachelor’s of Art, and her passion for justice.
Damaris is a 4th year student, a Dreamer and actively involved in the student body. Damaris worked as an advancement Ambassador, Office of Study Abroad and International Programs Intern for Pitzer. She was asked by Pitzer to speak in Washington D.C. for a policy proposal on sanctuary campuses, and was honored as a member of Latinos in Law D.C. Program. She received a Certificate of Civic Engagement Recognition from the City of Modesto in acknowledgement of the conference “Dare to Dream” that she organized. As a result of experiencing a vast series of extenuating circumstances (familial issues, poverty, deportation proceedings in this political climate, sexual assault, homelessness) Damaris lost her scholarship and became homeless. Not to be deterred, Damaris found a way to fund her Junior year Spring Semester. However, now, she is nearly out of options. Please, I implore you to help. As the 2018 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient of Pitzer College, I believe in Damaris, and foresee a bright future for her. Let’s make her dream of finishing her Pitzer education true.