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Mireya Saldaña

Mireya Saldaña

Manager, Campus Engagement, Gates Millennium Scholars, Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Mireya has an extensive background in college-access and student outreach services, having worked with first-generation students of color for over 16 years in the areas of retention, scholarship management, internship placement, career development, and alumni relations, just to name a few. A native of Los Angeles and the first in her family to attend and graduate from college, Mireya earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a specialization in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and a master’s degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at USC. One of Mireya’s greatest gifts is her ability to bring out the best in those around her.

As a first-generation college graduate, I know first-hand the impact my education had on me as an individual, and on my family and community as a whole. A college degree opens doors and opportunities; it helps one think critically and become an advocate for those less fortunate or without a voice; it inspires others to see themselves in you, and to think “big” about their own possibilities. A college education has made me an agent of change. Imagine a community filled with agents of change. The possibilities are endless.

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