Monica Rivera

is a student at Grand Rapids Community College and will be transferring to a university this fall to continue her studies in Political Science and International Relations. Monica has a strong passion for advocacy; she is a cultural mentor for refugees resettling in West Michigan, has implemented one of the first mentor programs on her campus and is a fundraiser for The Power of Education. Through various leadership roles she began building her foundation for social justice causes. Working with first generation and low income college students, like herself, she hopes to use her future law degree to influence policies that positively impact her community, such as fighting for accessible and affordable higher education.