2008 Romero Finalists
An International Studies major, Jennifer Castillo has distinguished herself in numerous leadership positions at Boston College. Coming to the United States from the Dominican Republic with her family, she grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, surrounded by, as she describes it, "continuous gang violence, a flawed school system, poverty, teenage pregnancy, and high levels of sexually transmitted disease." These problems catalyzed a spiritual and social awakening that has led to her active leadership in service to the Hispanic community both in high school and in her time at Boston College. After graduation, Jennifer plans to attend law school and eventually to establish an organization to support battered immigrant women.
Ricardo Ivan Salinas majors in General Management with a double concentration in Finance and Leadership. His concern about being a person of color at Boston College was eased when he was warmly received into the community. He became co-director of the AHANA Caucus in 2006 and co-director of the AHANA Leadership Academy in 2007. His concern for the community is very tangible by the way he lives his concern for others. Last summer Ricardo held a financial management internship while at the same time being a summer Resident Assistant for high school students participating in the Boston College Experience program. Both his work experience and leadership experience signal him out as a future activist in the world of business. He hopes to set up his own company and/or start a non-profit that will benefit people. His guiding principle is "people first, business second."
Stephanie Ann Sanabria has a double major in Human Development and Hispanic Studies. Since her First Year at Boston College, Stephanie has made many contributions to the campus community. She has served as Tour Manager and Public Relations representative for Voices of Imani; Historian for the AHANA Leadership Council and host for many high school students visiting Boston College as part of the Conexiones program organized by OLAA. Stephanie was inspired during her First Year by one of her mentors with the quote: “To whom much is given, much is required” and has lived it through her drive to help others and “to take action toward creating justice.” Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Masters in Developmental and Educational Psychology to “help the young Latinos continue their education”.