2010 Romero Finalists
Eduardo Dorado is a Management major, concentrating in Finance, with a Sociology minor. Eduardo's leadership activities are influenced by his participation in the FACES First Year program and PULSE. Volunteering at the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, he assisted Latino immigrants complete legal documents and tutored students in the after school program. Eduardo comments, "...I could see their potential, but they all had so many barriers keeping them from reaching their potential." This is the foundation for his vision to start a non-profit organization to provide much needed educational opportunities to Latino students. As Co-Chair of the first Hispanic Heritage Month at Boston College, Eduardo was able to connect his passion for advocacy and for education in the month-long forum which highlighted both the rich cultural contributions of Latin American countries as well as the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for this growing community.
George Christopher Hart majors in Political Science, Philosophy and History. George sees each area of study contributing to his preparation as a high school History teacher. In choosing to teach, George states, "I feel a sense of duty to contribute to the paradoxical public school which gave so much to me; yet it had, and still has, so many shortcomings." From a very young age George has worked to support himself. However, his work responsibility has not prevented his assuming leadership roles at Boston College. George is currently Co-President of OLAA. He is also a facilitator of the Dialogues on Race, an EcoRepresentative, and he recently led the ALC's "Strides against Breast Cancer" team. Georges' goal is to become a politician, using his experience as a classroom teacher to advocate for and shape policies impacting our nation's children.
Eric J. Lopez majors in General Management, concentrating in Finance and Information Systems. Eric was the co-editor of Sabor Art and Literary magazine and has organized and performed in numerous spoken word events. He is a tutor and mentor for the Bank of America Mentor Program, showing strong commitment to the program and impressing his supervisors with remarkable social and leadership skills. Eric notes, "...I do not want to live my years without inspiring others or without being the person that history demands me to be." The experiences gained from working in the financial industry will aid his future goal of developing a grassroots company to provide microloans and financial advice to those in need. Eric plans to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to do research or teach English in a Latin American or Asian country.
Elizabeth Aleman Rodriguez, a Philosophy and Film Studies major, has distinguished herself in her leadership roles within OLAA. Through her participation, Elizabeth has been challenged "...to explore issues that Latinos face not only abroad but also here at Boston College..." She is currently the OLAA secretary. As a freshman, Elizabeth took on the role of Freshman Representative to recruit fellow classmates to participate in OLAA. Elizabeth has participated in the OLAA fashion show, has been a mentor for El Principio Mentoring program, and volunteered as an SAT tutor for low-income high school students. As her recommender notes, "Elizabeth is not afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone to expand her knowledge and lend a hand to those in need." She is motivated by the hopes that social justice can bring to those who are its victims. Elizabeth plans to pursue a Master's degree in Library and Information Sciences.