2019 1stGen@Iowa Award Recipient

First-Generation Student Achievement Award

Alexia Sanchez is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Political Science, Social Justice, and Philosophy at the University of Iowa. Alexia is an experienced Resident Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is skilled in administering campus initiatives through the University of Iowa Student Government to improve student life on campus. In 2018, Alexia studied abroad for the summer semester for three months in Verona, Italy with a focus on intercultural communication and also invested time in volunteering at a local children's center to help teach English. Upon her return, she directed the 2018 Homecoming Parade and hosted the second annual “I’m the First” First-Generation Summit. Alexia is passionate about social justice issues through policy and culture and challenges herself to learn about issues and be an agent for future solutions. Currently, Alexia is working to implement a Latinx Living-Learning Community on the UI campus called Unidos, which means ‘United’ in Spanish. She is currently the youngest serving president in Iowa for a LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Council in which she hopes to serve and support the local Latinx Community in Iowa City. This past winter, she was invited to attend the Global Women Leaders Forum in Iceland and then traveled to the Dominican Republic for a second study abroad experience. Alexia will graduate in May 2020, from the University of Iowa and hopes to one day work in the immigration field and continue helping marginalized communities.

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