Vanessa López is a rising junior double majoring in Social Welfare and Sociology with a minor in Public Policy. Her career interests include developing and implementing education policies in areas of child development and curriculum reform and measurement. She hopes to pursue her graduate education and earn a Masters degree in Education Policy or Public Policy. As a first generation and Mexican-American student, Vanessa is aware of the constant struggles students of color and first generation students face within the education system. With this perspective and her experience working in the education system, she is driven to continue working towards providing others with accessible resources.
Currently, Vanessa is a Literacy Development Director at Sylvia Mendez Elementary School in Berkeley, California where she recruits, hires, and trains a team of Spanish literacy tutors to work with a diverse group of first through fifth graders. As a director, she runs presentations and analyzes data so she can focus on developing ways to support the tutors and children. Vanessa is also a part of Latin American Leadership Society where she works in the Newsletter Committee. Her role is to publish articles about issues in the large and beautiful region of Latin America in order to bring awareness about issues taking place. When she is not working or studying, Vanessa enjoys running, eating acai bowls at the beach, attending concerts and spontaneous adventures.
This summer, she hopes to work in the city of Santa Ana alongside school district leaders in departments of child development, curriculum research, or positive school climate so she can get a stronger understanding as to how policy intersects at the district level She also hopes to better understand how the district seeks to empower low-income children and communities of color and learn how they interact and develop strategies that work or do not work for the community.