Armando Contreras has joined the staff as the new Outreach Coordinator for the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program. Armando graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Chicano/a Studies and a minor in LGBTQ Studies. After college, Armando worked for Upward Bound for over five years, serving numerous low-income first generation high school students empowering them to pursue post-secondary education. Armando is a candidate to earn his Master’s in Education in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program with an emphasis in urban studies from California State University, Long Beach. Armando aspires to create an impact on the lives of young individuals to reach their fullest potential.
My decision to work in education comes from the passion I have to inspire students to reach higher than they ever thought possible and surpass any obstacle that is presented to them. In the four months I have been employed at HSF I have learned so much about the power we each possess that impacts the lives of Latino/Hispanic students. I strongly believe in making a change in this world and through my involvement in HSF I have been able to slowly make that change and reach more students than I ever thought possible, that is my inspiration! My favorite part of my job is the continuous learning opportunities, every day I learn something new!