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Pia Molina

         

Hometown

Valparaiso, Chile / Miami, Florida

Education

B.A. in Anthropology, Minor in Latin American Studies at University of Florida

Experience

Born Valparaiso, Chile and raised in Miami, Florida, Pia’s lived experience as an immigrant has highly influenced her academic endeavors. During her undergraduate career, Pia became interested in immigration policy after participating in her previous institution’s Alternative Breaks trip that traveled to the border of Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico. During this trip, she learned about and listened to a variety of immigrant narratives that ignited a responsibility to do better by those who come seeking a better tomorrow in the United States. Throughout the rest of her undergraduate career, Pia focused on immigration policy and the lived experiences of Latinx populations in the United States. At UF, she became involved with the Latino Educational Advancement Program (LEAP), an initiative that aims to ensure the academic success and retention of Latinx students on UF’s campus through mentorship and weekly workshops. During her time with LEAP, Pia gained a new passion for the role of education and mentorship in facilitating processes of immigrant incorporation into existing communities. During her time in the MALAS program, Pia hopes to continue navigating the immigrant experience through a focus on migrant education for children in grades K-12.

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