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  • For our students | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Students Peer Engagement & Enrichment Program (PEEP) For current students, past alumni, and those pursuing the next step in their health care education. LaunchPad Open to anyone interested in pursuing a venture in health careers. Resources For any quick tips, Q&A, or other reference documents we have for various health careers.

  • Donate | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Elevate future health professionals. Tax-deductible donations to Pre-Health Dreamers can be made through our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Community Initiatives' Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 94-3255070. $10 $20 $50 Other

  • PEEP Cohort 2021-2022 | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Meet our Students! We are excited to highlight the stories of some of our PEEP participants across the nation who are striving to attend graduate and health professional programs. This 2022 Cohort consisted of 42 participants scattered across the nations. ​ Please get to know our future scientists, educators, and health providers by hearing their stories and learning from their advice below! Anna Career: Medicine I am majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Dietetics, Food, and Nutrition at Lehman College. Recently I graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an associate degree in Biology in June of 2021. My professional goal is to have a career in a healthcare environment because healthcare is a human right. I am passionate about increasing access to healthcare for marginalized communities. In addition to my educational background, I fluently speak Greek, Albanian, and English. Carla Career: Public Health Clementine Career: Medicine Clementine is a sophomore student from Bryn Mawr College. Daniela V. Career:Public Policy Daniela is a Venezuela native, DACAmented, feminist, student, and public advocate for her community in the state of NJ. She is currently working with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as an office manager connecting statewide Hispanic businesses in New Jersey. She assists with different functions of the Chamber and helps develop strong relationships with various businesses and other community sources to support the Chamber's expansion and development. In addition, she is currently working as the Director of UndocuJersey, which is an organization created to provide educational resources to undocumented and documented students with undocumented parents yearning to pursue higher education. As Director, she works with the rest of her team to create partnerships with high schools, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other New Jersey-based organizations. They have hosted numerous college fairs and professional development workshops and facilitated or presented at conferences. Not only that, she was recently an intern for Councilman James Solomon in Jersey City, in which she worked closely with local policy and campaign work during the 2020 election. In 2016, she earned two associate degrees from Rowan College at Burlington County, one in Engineering and one in Business Administration. She is finishing her bachelor's as a student at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, majoring in Public Policy and a minor in Women and Gender Studies, both from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Delmy Career: Medicine/PhD My name is Delmy. I was born in Morazan, El Salvador, and I entered the US as a baby in my mother's arms. Being in the US provided various opportunities for my family and opened many doors for me. I received the first high school diploma in my family and am currently a senior in the Bioscience program at Farmingdale State College. My goal is to become an internal medicine physician who also researches preventive medicine. I also want to be able to help anyone I can with any struggles they face in being able to get a higher education. Diana S. Z. Career: Physician Assistant My name is Diana S. Z. I was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to two Peruvian parents. I moved to Peru when I was three and later came to the US after an economic crisis struck our country. I have grown up in a small town in South Jersey. I was able to become DACA the year before going into college. In college, I majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with a minor in Jewish Studies. I was fortunate enough to receive many scholarships for my hard work. I graduated in 2020 with hopes to matriculate into Medical school. However, after further analysis, I decided medical school was not right for me. I aspire to be a physician assistant while working as a nursing aide on a cardiology floor in my local hospital. I hope to be able to apply in 2022. Diana F. Career: Medicine, PhD My name is Diana F. I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I immigrated to the United States at three and grew up in San Jose, California. I’m a third-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Molecular Cell Biology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences. My pre-health career of interest is medicine, and I hope to become a doctor with a specialty in pediatrics, or I’m open to exploring other specialty fields. By pursuing my career, I hope to increase Latino representation in the medical field and be a source of medical assistance for those seeking care. Often undocumented immigrants or those from low socioeconomic backgrounds receive unfair healthcare treatment, inspiring me to one day be a doctor who helps the community. I enjoy trying different coffee shops, going to the beach, exercising, and spending time with my friends and family during my free time. Edy Career: Medicine Biology and Sociology Major at Providence. Interested in advancing diversity and cultural competency in the medical field. Exel Career: Medicine Flavia Career: Medicine I am a Peruvian-born, American-raised, Hispanic-immigrant woman. Attending university as a first-generation American was a privilege denied to many undocumented community members, so I was adamant about making the most of this opportunity. Admittedly, I continued to grapple with the uncertainty of my status and whether it would hinder my ability to pursue internships and apply for jobs. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a dual degree in (1) Biochemistry and (2) Cell Physiology & Neurobiology. Then, I was offered to complete a two-year M.S. program in Bioinformatics held at the University of Maryland sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. I was one of two students admitted to this program's inaugural class. I pursued my degrees to silence those who told me I should be afraid, apologetic, and ashamed of my status. But more importantly, these achievements belong to my undocumented community, who I turn to for strength and support at every turn. Flor Career: Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program Hi, my name is Flor. I was born in El Salvador, then moved to Los Angeles, then to Houston and finally came to Richardson for college. I am an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am majoring in Neuroscience with a Business Administrator minor on the premed track. I aspire to contribute to the health field by bridging the gap between what is known and unknown through research and implementing that knowledge to enhance health for all people as a physician. I like to read, do anything fitness-related, and try new things in my free time. I also go by Flower, the English translation of my name. Francisca Career: Exploring Medicine, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Programs My name is Francisca. I'm currently a first-year student at the University of California, Irvine. I'm pursuing a major in biology. I'm passionate about spreading positivity, medicine, cultural awareness, and raising awareness for mental health. I love improving my community and taking action against social injustices. While it is easy to become overwhelmed in the face of societal issues. I always see the world not for what it is but for what it could be. Gabriela ​ Career: Nursing Gabriella Career: Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program My name is Gabriella, and I am originally from Cameroun. Moving to the United States has provided me with numerous possibilities to further my education. I am currently in my last year of undergrad and will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a B.S. in Biology and a Chemistry minor. I enjoy tutoring and mentoring other students of the same background to make education more accessible for all. I hope to gain medical experience to apply to a medical school. I would love to become a physician and specialize in pediatrics. As a physician in the U.S., I hope to go back to the diverse community I grew up in and help eradicate the health disparities that are so prevalent. Giovanny Career: Exploring Medicine, B.S. I'm an undocumented person, trying my hardest to graduate and pursue a career to help save people and advance the scientific industry. Through surgery or scientific/medicinal intervention, I would like to extend and enhance the lives of everyone. Gigi Career: Exploring Medicine, Physician Assistant My name is Gigi, and I immigrated to the US at the age of 1. I have lived in the US for over 21 years, and during that time, I developed a passion for immigration rights. I am currently a DACA recipient and a recent college graduate. Some of my proudest moments have been sharing my story with the New York Times, winning state and national titles in pageantry, and working in the medical field as a therapist for children on the spectrum. Jessica Career: Medicine Hi, my name is Jessica. I was born in Mexico and grew up in Greensboro, NC. I am currently working as a medical scribe at a retina clinic and volunteering as a certified medical interpreter. I graduated from Guilford College with a B.A in Biology and am an aspiring physician. My calling to medicine stems from my desire to be a compassionate provider who raises awareness of preventative medicine and advocates for accessible healthcare, particularly in underserved communities. I love hiking, exploring museums, and being around friends and family in my spare time. Jimena Career: Exploring Medicine, Nursing Jonathan Career: Medicine I am a DACA recipient and have always been passionate about helping others. I studied Environmental Science at UC Santa Barbara, and recently, I have decided to pursue medical school and become a pediatrician. After graduating, I continued to work hard through the ranks in the airline industry and achieved the opportunity to become an operations manager for a global airline. As an operations manager, I connect the world through problem-solving. I enjoy working out, spending time with family, and being a jet setter when I am not working. Juana Careers: Exploring Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program, Dentistry, Engineering My name is Juana, and I was born in Jalisco, Mexico. I migrated to the United States when I was eight years old. In 2018 I earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Materials Engineering. Since I graduated, I’ve been fortunate to work in the pharmaceutical industry. My dream is to become a physician and practice in the Inland Empire. I like to ride horses and spend time with my family during my free time. Karen Career: Physician Assistant, Public Health Hello! My name is Karen, I am originally from the beautiful state of Oaxaca, Mexico, but I have lived most of my life in North Carolina. I am a third-year student at Elon University majoring in Public Health and minoring in Biology, Spanish, and Poverty and Social Justice. I aspire to obtain a Master’s in Public Health Studies and Physician Assistant Studies. These degrees will allow me to work in healthcare and provide more culturally appropriate/humble care for Latinx/Hispanic immigrant communities. Overall, I aspire to one day assist immigrant communities by providing quality care at little to no cost! Karla Career: Exploring Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant My name is Karla, and I'm a junior at George Mason University. I hope to graduate in the spring of 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. I️ want to continue my education by attending a PA program to pursue my dream career of becoming a physician assistant, preferably in general practice or cardiology. Kevin Career: Medicine, Public Health Michael Career: Medicine, PhD, Postbaccalaureate program My name is Michael, and I aspire to serve my community as a physician. I have lived in South Florida since I was five years old after immigrating from Haiti. I completed a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University. In my spare time, I love to read and watch basketball. Miriam Career: Medicine, Nursing, Physician Assistant Miryam Career: Medicine, Public Health As a first-generation, low-income Latina immigrant, I have witnessed firsthand how communities like mine have been marginalized and side-lined my entire life. Seeing and experiencing these kinds of injustices make me aware of the shortage of people who look like the community they serve and understand that underserved community. Mughil Career: Medicine My name is Mughil. I was born in India and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. I graduated from the University of Florida with my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. I am currently working as a research technician in molecular biology and am an aspiring physician. I am passionate about improving healthcare access for underserved and immigrant communities. I love reading comics, trying new foods, and spending time with my family in my free time. Nelly Career: Exploring Medicine My name is Nelly, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Washington studying biochemistry. I was born in Yucatan, Mexico, but have lived primarily in the United States. I aspire to pursue a career path in clinical research to better understand trends and innovations in biomedicine. I enjoy listening to and writing spoken poetry in my free time, and sometime in the future, I hope to publish my own poetry book! Paloma Career: Medicine Paloma L. is a first-generation student pursuing a Biological Science degree with an emphasis on Molecular Cell Biology at the University of California, Merced. She was born in Mexico and moved to San Pablo when she was six. From a young age, she knew she wanted a medical career, and attending UC Merced has brought her one step closer. She will graduate in Spring 2022 and take two gap years to gain clinical experience before applying to medical school. Her time in the Central Valley exposed her to the health inequities in the region. For example, the doctor shortage. To directly address this issue, she aspires to be a Pediatric Surgeon; her career path will help future generations and improve her community’s health outcomes. She allows her community by volunteering for Golden Valley Health Center and UCSF: Fresno Mobile HeaL to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. Paola Career: Public Health Paola is a Political Science, International Studies & Latin American Studies student at the University of Utah. At the age of 16, she emigrated to the United States. Since then, he has participated in various state organizations dedicated to education, civil rights, immigration, and community leadership. In 2018, she was named Salt Lake City, Utah Youth of the Year, and awarded by the ACLU national organization. Paola is passionate about history and politics, but she is more interested in international law and public health laws. Paola has participated in research for the College of Law and the Faculty of Anthropology. His most recent publication is based on the survival advantage of men in the Baja California peninsula. She did her internship at the Dream Center at the University of Utah to support first-generation students and students of mixed-status. She is currently doing an internship at Communities United, a non-profit organization that offers health and immigration resources for low-income families. Raquel Career: Public Health I am majoring in Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles. My pronouns are she/her/Ella. I am passionate about community development and addressing urgent societal issues. I am open to new opportunities to learn and grow my skill set and background, especially regarding on-the-ground organizing with various community members. My public health goal is to make people aware of how our resources impact our overall health and well-being. I hope to one day continue to uplift voices and work to find opportunities and resources for my community by advocating for equality in health care. Thao Career: Medicine, B.S Psychology I'm passionate about learning! I put myself in a wide range of fields of study to explore my interests and skills. I'm looking forward to finding learning opportunities through job offers and hands-on internships. My work and volunteer experience have been circulating community work, youth development, entrepreneurship, and healthcare. I believe that being a college student is my prime time because this is where I will learn the most! Yesica Career: Exploring Public Health, Physician Assistant

  • PEEP Cohort 2022-2023 | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Meet our Students! We are excited to highlight the stories of some of our PEEP participants across the nation who are striving to attend graduate and health professional programs. Only students with a current profile picture are shown. ​ Please get to know our future scientists, educators, and health providers by hearing their stories and learning from their advice below! Rodrigo Career: Medicine Rodrigo is a DREAMer and a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Rodrigo grew up in East Providence, Rhode Island, after coming to the United States with his parents at 10 months of age. They have rallied and organized Dreamers in Rhode Island and Washington D.C. to push for a permanent fix for DACA recipients. As a writer, Rodrigo's commentary on immigration policy is featured in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and The Providence Journal. Locally, Rodrigo lobbied the General Assembly and the Governor for legislation granting undocumented immigrants driver's licenses. In 2018, the state passed a law ensuring that DACA recipients would be issued driver's licenses regardless of future federal policy. Due to their work on the issue, Rodrigo was asked to introduce Governor Gina Raimondo at the bill signing. Rodrigo will graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Data Science. Luis Career: Medicine First-generation Veracruz immigrant Luis Alberto Hernandez Campos, 22, lives in sunny Arizona. Growing up, ancestors and nation were foreign. My parents brought me to the US at one year old to end poverty. They struggled to attain goals and support their growing family without financial aid. They supported the family by working hard instead of going to college. While my father worked in the fields, my mother helped my grandmother sell products at home. US National Scholarship. Financial stress reduction and learning have greatly improved my life. Student Specialist at ASU's DREAMzone for DACA, undocumented, and mixed-status students was my second job. It showed financial issues. Alexis Career: Physician Assistant There were many factors that have influenced my decision to pursue a career in health. Ultimately, the main factor was my interest in STEM from a young age. I was interested in science since the 5th grade and knew that I wanted to continuously expose myself to this general field of study. A dreamer without the documentation. Facing obstacles that I had no control over but, braving them in search of my dreams. I wish to become an asset to my demographic in the medical field to bring ease to patients that call two countries their home. Diana Career: Medicine, Public Health I worked as an emergency room scribe which helped me familiarize myself with medical terminology. Having that past experience has aided me with my current job as a patient care technician. I currently work in a cardiovascular floor where I take care of patients after cardiac procedures such as CABG (coronary artery bypass graft), TAVRs (Transcatheter aortic valve replacement), and cardiac catheterizations. Danira Career: Ph.D I was born and raised in Nigeria until my family decided to relocate to the United States when I was 13. While growing up in Nigeria, an emphasis was placed on education and pursuing “high-ranking” jobs like a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Consequently, I believed that becoming a doctor was the only way to contribute to building my community’s wellness. However, in Nigeria, I became curious about mental illnesses after hearing my family’s opinion on a case involving suicide. I hope to gain research experience/skill, improved communication skill, knowledge on financial budgeting and interview experience/skill. Ayodeji Career: Ph.D I was born and raised in Nigeria until my family decided to relocate to the United States when I was 13. While growing up in Nigeria, an emphasis was placed on education and pursuing “high-ranking” jobs like a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. My undergraduate experience at Mississippi State University had an enormous impact on focusing my interest to clinical psychology. These research experiences provided me with the tools to identify, analyze and potentially solve problems that need to be adequately addressed in research and clinical work. One of these problems is covered in my current research interests: identifying and working toward bridging the gap of access to mental health care for minority populations. Jissela Career: Medicine I was born in El Salvador in the year 2000 - an impoverished country with poor healthcare infrastructure at the time . During my first two years of life, I experienced breathing difficulties. I visited the hospital multiple times a week for respiratory therapies, providing temporary relief but no doctor could get to the bottom of what was causing the difficulties - all because they didn't have access to the necessary technology. Abdullah Career: Medicine, PhD From pre-K to twelfth grade in Maryland, housing in a 2-bedroom townhouse with six family members, I anticipated economic challenges. My life changed in the fall of 12th grade when I discovered I was a DACA recipient when applying for FAFSA. After preparing for numerous scholarships and chances, I was ready to seek them. I realized that my citizenship status would immediately eliminate my scholarship, internship, and other ambitions. I realized this more in college. I was unable to qualify for most scholarship and research programs due to ineligibility, making it challenging to secure funding for higher study. As a college student on the pre-MD/PhD route, intense competition arises due to limited possibilities and high demand. Sometimes, despite being competent for a position, such as a scholarship, research post, or job, I am not eligible. I participated in the McNair Scholars Program, a research-focused program for low-income and first-generation students, for a year. After the first year, I was supposed to completely enroll in the program to obtain funding for my research. Unfortunately, I was unable to join the program as I did not qualify for federal funding for my research projects. Eugene Career: Medicine Hello! My name is Eugene Kwon. I am a senior at Pomona College, where I major in chemistry. I'm from South Korea and I've lived in the neighborhood of Koreatown in Los Angeles with my mother since we arrived in the United States in 2014. From participating in the PEEP program, I hope to be a part of a community of like-minded immigrants in the US whose shared experiences help build the well-being and success of its members. I especially hope to connect and learn from this community in areas such as learning where to receive resources, networking, self-advocating, and learning to face issues plaguing an underrepresented community. Altogether, I hope to be able to succeed in fulfilling the goals of the cohorts of the program and give back to my communities. Joan Career: Physician Assistant As a young woman who grew up in Africa, with some corrupt and inconsiderate health care system and policy, I see and hear the news of how people who get injured or sick and need immediate care are either neglected or not responded to quickly because of the non- affordability of hospital fees which has resulted into many deaths of innocent individuals. That is why I choose and work towards becoming an Emergency Doctor, to provide immediate care to injured/ill individuals, to change the health care policy in my home country and other places with such policy and to build a legacy for myself. Also, to make a difference in people’s lives. Jim Career: Medicine Hi my name Jim Reynosa. I am college student who dreams of going to medical school. I was born and raised in El Salvador until I was 15 years old and I am currently living in California. I went to high school and as I said before I am currently enrolled at CSUN. My main language is Spanish but I learned English before coming to the US. I hope for the future to be certified doctor and pursue a career in medicine. Kelly Career: Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program What inspires me to pursue a health graduate/professional program is the need for representation of the undocumented community within higher education spaces. As a child, being a doctor was the only career I envisioned myself having. Due to the lack of healthcare access, I wanted to be able to provide the resources to those who were in need. The way healthcare is viewed more as a privilege rather than a right made me more upset. I also wish to create more of a representation within the spaces I enter so that those after me are discouraged to pursue their dreams. Isabel Career: Exploring Medicine, Dentistry, Ph.D, Postbacc Coming to the U.S. in my teens as an undocumented immigrant, and given that I neither knew English or had my parents nearby for support, I felt like I lost my voice. I couldn't express my opinions and thoughts to others, which led me to lose confidence in myself and my abilities. During my second semester of college I decided to take action and overcome this challenge. I set up daily goals, make plans and stick to a schedule diligently. ​ Margarida Career: Medicine, Ph.D, Physician Assistant I always had to help others as much as possible. My mother and grandma always gave food, rides, and emotional support. Growing raised with these principles made me who I am, but I want to reach more people and change lives, especially undocumented ones. My shadowing doctor, Dr. Silka, inspires me. He is an educated, compassionate, and proactive doctor. No matter how long he's been in the hospital or how crowded it is, he's always happy and nice to his patients. His character will inspire me as a doctor, whether I become an ER doctor or not. Along with my interest in human physiology and anatomy, I want to be a doctor. With my undergraduate experiences, I wish to influence patients and bring them to a better health path by delivering ethnically or culturally appropriate patient care. Gabriella Career: Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program My name is Gabriella, and I am originally from Cameroun. Moving to the United States has provided me with numerous possibilities to further my education. I am currently in my last year of undergrad and will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a B.S. in Biology and a Chemistry minor. I enjoy tutoring and mentoring other students of the same background to make education more accessible for all. I hope to gain medical experience to apply to a medical school. I would love to become a physician and specialize in pediatrics. As a physician in the U.S., I hope to go back to the diverse community I grew up in and help eradicate the health disparities that are so prevalent. Deicy Career: Exploring Medicine, Physician Assistant 31 year old dreamer from Mexico City. I was brought to the United States at the age of 3 years old. My parent brought my brother and I to the United States for a better future and to become someone in life. Throughout all my struggles I managed to graduate from a Medical Assistant program, my Associates in Science in Public Health, and an Associates in Science in Kinesiology. Now I attend Cal State University San Marcos working on my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a concentrate in body movement. Helen Career: Medicine I need to become more familiar with the process. However, I did a Pre-health Scholars Program this past summer at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and we had a session with the admissions team. During the session, we were presented with the different Medical School programs offered and how competitive they are. As a part of this program, I had the opportunity of shadowing physicians in Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, and Pediatric Surgery. Elizabeth Career: Ph.D Being the first one to go through the college process in my family, having to figure it out on my own. Finding support was hard, and the struggles that come with being DACA recipient. Career: Ph.D Being the first one to go through the college process in my family, having to figure it out on my own. Finding support was hard, and the struggles that come with being DACA recipient. Career: Ph.D Being the first one to go through the college process in my family, having to figure it out on my own. Finding support was hard, and the struggles that come with being DACA recipient. Rosa Career: Medicine I think that the medical field offers many vital jobs and I would love to be apart of that community. I love helping people and if I could do it through something I am passionate about, it is a double win. Dietetics is a good spot for me because it is affordable, interesting, and relatively short. Karen Career: Medicine Navigating and dealing with my health complications is a stressor that I have encountered in college. While I have a medical condition and am receiving treatment, there are still instances where I get sick and have flare ups. This can mean having my thyroid hormone out of its normal range and therefore having me experience many difficult symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and weight loss/gain. Sometimes it makes me feel like I do not belong here, however I do not let that limit the goals that I want to achieve. Karen Career: Medicine Navigating and dealing with my health complications is a stressor that I have encountered in college. While I have a medical condition and am receiving treatment, there are still instances where I get sick and have flare ups. This can mean having my thyroid hormone out of its normal range and therefore having me experience many difficult symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and weight loss/gain. Sometimes it makes me feel like I do not belong here, however I do not let that limit the goals that I want to achieve. Brenda Career: Exploring all Health Fields I am passionate about helping others. I love being at hospitals even when I am personally not feeling well I always found the hospital environment to be a safe and comforting place. This is where I learned to be more curious about job opportunities with patient care. I have also had to be a caregiver to all of my grandparents growing up so I became familiar with all of the medical terms and aftercare. I inspire to one day be able to provide that to others because as I do not have my grandparents with me anymore my drive is to be a part of caring and showing compassion to those who need help during their time of vulnerability. Lastly, as a mother of three I want to hold the example to my children of pursuing and obtaining a career one day that involved going to college or university. Yegi Career: Exploring all Health Fields Hello my name is Yegi Shin. I am currently pursuing Nursing as a major and I like to read self-help books in my spare time. Inspiration-from seeing similar peers and predecessors who have been in my shoes who are now flourishing. Experience-becoming experienced in different college programs and opportunities. Opportunities-to have the chance to excel in what I can do in my status right now. Gabriela Career: Exploring all Health Fields My name is Gabriela, I was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Queens, New York at the age of 6. I graduated from The City college of New York - CUNY with a B.S in Psychology and Biology, and I am currently in my third gap year working as a Research Data Associate at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in the Healthy Brain and Aging department. My aspiration to become a physician stems from first hand exposure to the health disparities and inequities seen within my underserved/ immigrant community. As a future provider I want to provide quality and compassionate bilingual care, educate patients and be an advocate for better access to healthcare in underserved communities. In my free time I enjoy taking yoga classes, hiking, dancing (Peruvian folk and salsa!!), and spending time/traveling with my family. Norma Career: Nursing I have experienced unexpected spending during an automobile accident that totaled my vehicle and injured my body. I was fortunate to be able to finish courses online and have my family for support with transportation and or public transportation.

  • Outward Events | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    PEEP Outward Events Check out the workshops that will make up this year's 2023 PEEP Cohort. In order to attend one of these events, please RSVP in advance. Limited seating capacity and acceptance will be met on a rolling basis. Learn More RSVP January 2023 Health Careers 101 Jan 31st 2023 | 8:00 PM EST RSVP February 2023 Advocacy Training Feb 8th 2023 | 8:00 PM EST January 25th, 2023 | 7:00 PM EST RSVP March 2023 Competitive Applications : CV Builder Workshop Feb 8th 2023 | 8:00 PM EST RSVP Heading 3 May 2023 Financial Aid May 18th 2023 | 8:00 PM EST RSVP June 2023 Community Self Advocacy June 5 2023 | 8:00 PM EST RSVP

  • Resource: Pharmacy | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Institutional Guidance: Pharmacy Academic barriers, such as institutions refusing to admit students based on their immigration status, can present unnecessary stress and challenges to rising students. These guides provide information on how to apply for programs that consider undocumented applicants with temporary benefits, DACA, or other immigration statuses. 2021 Guidance for Pharmacy Programs on Considering Applicants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA “This guide encourages admissions committees and institutional leaders involved in selection processes to consider applicants with DACA for seats in their Pharmacy program as they would consider any other applicant. Upon review of applications, you are sure to find that these students have a breadth of life experiences, cultural agility, linguistic expertise, and unique perspectives.”

  • Student Portal | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    PEEP | Student Portal The advent of long and ongoing educational system for professional has highlighted the need for better policy at both the institutional and local level. We are looking for the most interesting applications that make up a variety of backgrounds to tackle these educational boulders. This is the program to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with students from like minded environments. As a member of the PEEP Cohort you will be armed with the tools and social networks needed to tackle higher educational pursuits as an immigrant. Interested in all of the above? Join our 2024 PEEP Cohort! Please make sure that you are willing to commit to attend mandatory sessions and meet the PEEP Innovative Challenge commitments. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Apply PEEP Scholar Program Schedule for Students Full program schedule, highlighted with mandatory, optional and workshop events. PEEP Student Resources Resources shared during webinars that is made available to Pre-Health Dreamers PEEP Students for the 2023 Cohort. What Our Students Say Thao Ma, B.A. Psychologu, MN Chemistry "Since being a program participant of Pre-Health Dreamers, I don’t withdraw myself from internships anymore. Instead, I push myself to question the organization about its eligibility and requirements. "

  • For our educators | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Educators National Community Coalition Become one of our educational institutional members Request a presentation Do you want us to present a topic at your school?

  • From our Students | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Thao Ma B.A Psychology, MN Chemistry San Francisco State University, 2023 The educational challenges I faced ranged from status limitations to accessibility. As an undocumented student, I often felt disappointed when applying for an internship since many of them required a social security number. Since I don’t have one, I always had to withdraw from such internships. Furthermore, as an undocumented pre-med student, I can’t utilize the advice given to me by professors and upper classmates—who are documented and can go through a traditional pathway to internship and opportunities. Fortunately, since being a program participant of Pre-Health Dreamers, I don’t withdraw myself from internships anymore. Instead, I push myself to question the organization about its eligibility and requirements. I also find myself more confident in achieving my dream and seeing the reality of my goal being carved. Nashelit Ochoa B.S Biology, MN Psychology and Health Human Humanities Chestnut Hill College At Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD), I found a community of friends and supporters. Nowhere else have I been able to speak of my status without fear, and nowhere else have I received the same level of acceptance and encouragement. Coming from a campus with scarce resources for the undocumented community, I often felt alone and disoriented on how to navigate entering dental school, especially since I lacked the safe space to speak of my status. PHD pushed me to believe in my voice and continue finding opportunities. Thanks to them I built my understanding of pursuing dentistry, expanded my network, worked on my first research project, presented at my first conference, attained a friend that I hope will last me a lifetime, and am finding new opportunities through their dental group. I am extremely grateful for Yadi, Angeles, and my friend Andrea. I couldn't envision my college journey without them and PHD. I'm happy I applied to PHD's PEEP program and grateful to have been accepted. Alexis Perez M.S. Biology City College of New York, 2025 The status of "undocumented" didn’t register in my head until I started asking my parents if I could start working. The realization of the obstacles that came with this status came during my college applications while I was in high school. After seeing this, it felt like my world had become a lot smaller. It felt like I was in a tiny room, and my friends were able to move around freely outside this room, and suddenly I realized how alone I was. As ironic as it sounds, New York City, as diverse as it is, did not have many resources or safe spaces catering to undocumented or DACAmented students. Although this has started to change in recent years, the knowledge and experiences that I gained from being introduced to PHDreamers and participating in the PEEP program can only be considered priceless and life-changing. Through their support and connections, I will be pursuing my master’s degree in biology. PHDreamers is more than just a provider of resources to people with different statuses, though. Yes, the plethora of resources can only be seen as a benefit, but through this program, they also helped me find something that I never truly found during my whole academic journey: a stable support system that didn’t just empathize with my struggles but also went through the same hurdles as I did—a community. There are no words to describe the release of pressure from being able to share my stories and hearing everyone share theirs without fearing backlash or judgment. The passion that the mentors and staff of PHDreamers showed during the program and conference to help people with similar statuses inspired my colleague and me to take on the project of creating a branch in NYC to allow others from my city to experience the same things I have. I hope to become a pivot for my future and that of my fellow PEEPs. Gabriela Silva B.S. Biology and Psychology City College of New York, 2020 As a first-generation college graduate and DACA recipient, I encountered a significant deficit in resources and institutional support while striving to attain a college degree, particularly in my pursuit of a career in medicine. New York City is a renowned city for its incredible diversity and one of the largest immigrant populations, yet it remains one of the areas with the least amount of resources available to Undocu/DACA students. Throughout my time in college, I had limited access to scholarships and was ineligible for federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and federal student loans, making the cost of my college education a constant concern. Moreover, navigating the difficult process of medical school applications was made more challenging due to the lack of appropriate guidance from pre-med advisors, who did not have the knowledge necessary to help students with their immigration status. Obtaining clinical and research experience typically required by medical schools presented another obstacle, primarily due to its scarcity and inaccessibility due to legal and institutional restrictions. Although with time I became better at finding my own resources, the constant discouragement and lack of mentorship in medicine were emotionally daunting and oftentimes made a career in medicine feel unattainable. It was only after graduating college, when I luckily encountered the Pre-Health Dreamers PEEP program, that I finally found a path that made a career in medicine feel achievable. This amazing program not only fueled my passion for medicine once again, but it also provided invaluable guidance, equipping me with essential tools and resources to advocate for myself and to become a more competitive applicant for the upcoming application cycle. Most importantly, I found a safe space and an amazing community of people who became like my family. This sense of finally feeling like I belonged somewhere was invaluable, and through sharing that feeling alone, my fellow PEEP colleague and I had the idea to expand PHD to NYC. PHD is making this possible for us, and through their connections, we are now forming a possible partnership with CUNY. Through this PHD-NYC extension program, we want students like us to feel a sense of empowerment, safety, and community. Together, we will change the statistics and make the immigrant community healthier. Karen Cruz-Ruiz B.S Public Health Pre-Health Dreamers has inspired me to pursue various routes of healthcare, including Public Health and Physician Assistant Studies. Through this organization, I was able to meet various individuals who, despite barriers set in place, have defied all odds by going above and beyond in their professional lives. Prior to finding PHDreamers, I knew very few individuals who understood the challenges of our prospective status. Now, I have a large community of people who I can and do reach out to for assistance and support. What PHDreamers has done for me is provide me with the necessary financial, professional, and personal information needed to one day achieve my aspirations of providing quality care for immigrant communities and assisting marginalized birthing people through the maternal and child health sector of Public Health. Truthfully, I was reassured that there are no limitations to my professional desires and that I am capable of achieving all my propositions regardless of immigration status– and as an undocumented latina woman, that means the world.

  • Innovativation Challenge | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Overview Program Details Checkout our 2023 PEEP Innovation Challenge Projects Over the last couple of months, our student's worked hard to tackle some of the most challenging issues within the immigrant and health care systems. View our three favorite winning projects from the top submissions. 1/7 Problem Pitching Jan - Feb During the dates of January 25th - February 15th, teams will meet at least once to discuss possible problems that they would want their group to tackle. Problems can stem from any three branches: 1) educational challenges for immigrant youth, 2) healthcare discrepancies for immigrant communities, 3) any other immigrant issues you faced as an undocumented student. Inspiration for problem can stem from personal experiences faced as an undocumented student. Brainstorming Feb - March Teams will enter the "Brainstorming" phase after a problem has been identified that has to be resolved. During this time, teams will gather to create and construct solutions. In order to create and construct solutions, may use pre-existing models presented by academic literature and provide their own twist. ​ Poster Exhibition July 13th Los Angeles, California Teams will be presenting their projects via their posters at the annual conference for PhDreamers held this year in-person at Los Angeles, California. After the last team has pitched, judges will deliberate, and winners will be announced at the end of the event. Solution: Building your poster March - June After receiving and incorporating mentor comments, teams start composing a poster that summarizes their process for coming up with an inventive solution. On Scholar Teaching Day, poster templates will be made available at the commencement of the program. Posters will include an introduction, an issue explanation, and a solution. PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • Resource: Post-Bac | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Institutional Guidance: Post-Bacc Academic barriers, such as institutions refusing to admit students based on their immigration status, can present unnecessary stress and challenges to rising students. These guides provide information on how to apply for programs that consider undocumented applicants with temporary benefits, DACA, or other immigration statuses. Pursuing Post-Bacc Programs DACA, TPS, non-SSN This post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program guide was produced by Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) to assist you in determining if a post-bac is the right choice for you. Students who wish to improve their Grade Point Average (GPA), have made the decision to change fields, or require extra assistance to bolster their graduate or medical application may find that post-bac programs are beneficial. It is possible to enroll in post-bac programs. However, PHD is aware from personal experience that students without documentation face challenges when enrolling in post-bac programs. Pre-Health Dreamers is available to assist undocumented students at every stage of their journey. This paper will go over strategies for reducing and overcoming typical roadblocks that students have when finishing a post-baccalaureate degree. 2019 Breaking More Barriers Report DACA, TPS, non-SSN “Specifically, the survey elucidates the demographics of undocumented students pursuing health and health-science careers, describes the barriers they face within educational settings (e.g. access to pre-health advisors and career advising, financial aid challenges, and peer support networks), provides insights to their lived experiences (e.g. key challenges they have faced due to their immigration status), and describes their career aspirations (e.g. which degree programs they are pursuing and if they wish to practice in underserved areas). The survey was designed to build on previous initiatives and be a collaborative project with continued input and guidance from PHD staff.” 2022 Guidance for Postbaccalaureate Programs on Considering Applicants with Undocumented Status DACA, TPS, non-SSN This document guides postbaccalaureate programs on considering undocumented applicants with temporary benefits or protections while in the United States and applicants without a Social Security Number (SSN). These temporary protections include Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We want to encourage programs to strengthen the holistic support provided to undocumented students pursuing postbaccalaureate programs at their institutions.

  • PEEP Cohort 2020-2021 | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Meet our Students! We are excited to highlight the stories of some of our PEEP participants across the nation who are striving to attend graduate and health professional programs. This 2020-2021 Cohort consisted of 60 participants; half were from California and the rest from across the United States! ​ Please get to know our future scientists, educators, and health providers by hearing their stories and learning from their advice below Alexis Career: Medicine Alexis is a college access professional in the Central Valley. Born in México, he migrated with his family to the U.S. at a young age. After seeing his single mother work in the Central Valley's back-breaking agricultural fields, he was motivated to pursue higher education. He went off to UCLA and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a double minor in Chicana/o Studies and Labor & Workplace Studies. He then returned to the Central Valley and dedicated his professional career to educational outreach programs that service Fresno county. After countless years of encouraging his student to pursue their dreams, he is now committed to pursuing his own. Alexis is seeking a change in his career and hopes to become a healthcare professional that continues to be an agent of change in his community. Fueled by his passion for his family and community, his ultimate goal is to become a community physician in California's Central Valley. Adriana Career: Medicine Hello, my name is Adriana. I was born in Salina Cruz Oaxaca, Mexico. I was brought here to the United States at the age of 3 and have lived in California ever since. After high school, I decided to go to community college to decide what career I wanted to pursue. Going to Santa Monica College gave me time and the liberty to think and determine my choices clearer and my path rate. I recently transferred to California State University Northridge, pursuing a B.A in psychology and also pre-med, I hope to see myself in the near future applying to medical school to help others to pursue their goals too and support low-income, unrepresented and immigrant communities. Adyzabeth Career: Physician Assistant I was born in Mexico, but North Carolina has been home for the past sixteen years. I have been fortunate to be a DACA recipient for about eight years now. But despite this opportunity, many of us have experienced limitations and barriers when pursuing higher studies. I am proud to say I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Health Science at Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, this past May. As an aspiring physician assistant, I am currently working as a nurse assistant to acquire healthcare experience. I plan on applying to the physician assistant program of the following schools: Wingate University, High Point University, and Elon University. My future goal is to help DACA students through this same journey of obtaining a higher education and providing them with the same support and guidance I have received from friends and family. Alma Career: Medicine I am a first-generation college student from Santa Ana, CA, who is pursuing a challenging career in medicine/public health. I am the oldest of five and the first one in my family to go into higher education and be a DACA student who has had a hard time applying to many opportunities. Moving to a new Country at five years old was difficult because of the language and new culture. Despite this, I recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Integrative Biology and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. I hope to give back to my community in the future Andrea Career: Dentistry I am a second-year undocumented pre-dental student at Trinity Washington University. My passion for medicine was instilled by my mother, who was an Anesthesiologist in El Salvador for nearly seven years until I was born. Being undocumented for me has been overcoming barriers to get into undergrad and paying for college. Therefore I am grateful to be a recipient of the Dream.US scholarship for paying for undergrad. During my first year of college, I saw a nudge to go into Dentistry when my wisdom tooth became infected. Half my face was inflamed, and I was rushed to the dentist by my mother. It turned out that my wisdom teeth were pushing my teeth together because they were coming in horizontally. Within the next month, I was getting all four wisdom teeth removed. Now I am pursuing a Bachelors of Science majoring in Chemistry and an aspiring Dentist. Angelika Career: Medicine My name is Angelika. I was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States when I was nine years old. Growing up, I was always taught that hard work makes your dream come true. Not until recently that I realized that's not entirely true. Arriving in the United States, unaware of my status, allowed me to see life through a different lens. My parents did not let me feel inadequate. I went to modeling school, did few fashion gigs, joined a dance crew in college, and did few dance competitions and shows afterward. I like reading self-help books relating to mental health. I like interior designing and building furniture. I love listening to poetry slams and writing with my oblique, dip pen in calligraphy. I love traveling and learning about different cultures as I go. I love hiking and discovering my limits. I love the ocean and realizing that life is, in some sense, limitless. However, underneath all of this, my passion lies in helping people. Seeing patients from my work go through heartbreaks to breakthroughs and breakthroughs followed by heartbreaks gives me the drive to move forward with science. Also, I want to make my parents proud, and my brothers are inspired to allow themselves to be whoever they want to be and live a life they are proud of. Azucena Career: Medicine Azucena is a Mexican immigrant who was raised in East Point and Fayetteville, Georgia. She is currently in the second year of her undergraduate studies at Trinity Washington University, where she studies Biochemistry. In addition, Azucena is an Eligibility Specialist at a non-profit medical clinic in Washington, DC. She breaks down those barriers for underserved DC residents by connecting them with medical services, food pantries, immigration lawyers, etc. Her goal is to become a physician and to bridge the gap of health disparities in marginalized communities. Catherine Career: Medical Scientist (MD/PHD) Catherine was born in Hong Kong on November 19, 1997. She emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States at three years old with her two brothers under her parents' authority. Since then, she and her family members have stayed in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants. Catherine is currently studying Linguistics at the University of Maryland and is seeking this degree to help with her future Medical career and study language. She desires to be a Medical Doctor and a Physician-Scientist (MD-PhD). Being an African undocumented immigrant, she has faced many barriers that have affected her personal life, mental health, and academic life. And though those challenges approached her, she still presses on and continues to trust in God that she will complete her degree and successfully become the Medical doctor she desires. Dafne Career: Medicine Hello, my name is Dafne, and I enjoy dancing the night away to some amazing Bachata, Salsa, or Cha Cha, you name it. I am active in my community by mentoring 6-12 graders wanting to pursue a STEM profession. I am a product of immigrants; born in Mexico and came to the states when I was two years old. Being a first-generation college student, it took me quite a while to navigate the environment, and I’m still figuring my way through the premedical path. I am an aspiring surgeon specializing in Neurology or Cardiology to serve underserved communities better. I hope to play a role in combating the health inequities that predominantly affect communities of color. Denisse Career: Medicine Hello, I am Denisse. I was raised in the Inland Empire, and I am currently a second-year student at the University of California, Riverside. I am pursuing a degree in biochemistry and ethnic studies. My goal is to become a physician and work for the underserved communities that are often forgotten. I am also passionate about fighting for the rights of women and immigrants. I am currently a volunteer for the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition, an organization where I have met beautiful people from many different backgrounds. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and being outdoors! Diana Career: Physician Assistant Dania is an immigrant from Baja California, Mexico, who grew up in Southern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Merced, where she studied Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Developmental Biology. She is currently in her gap years completing the rest of the prerequisites and patient care hours for a Physician Assistant Program. Dania is presently working as a physical therapy aide in a local private practice serving a diverse community in Oxnard, CA. Her role as an aide gives her the responsibility to care for Spanish-speaking patients. She serves as a liaison between the doctor and patient to ensure the best quality of care to the community's underserved patients. She is very passionate about advocating for Spanish-speaking individuals by understanding their care at the practice. She believes in health as a human right and is motivated to utilize her skills in a place where she is most needed. Her professional goal is to become a Physician Assistant with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dulce Career: Medicine Hola! My name is Dulce, and I am a fourth-year student at UC Riverside. I was born in Mexico City and brought to the states when I was 2-years old. Due to my immigration status, I had to deny every university that accepted me out of high school and decided to attend Pasadena City College. At my community college, I discovered how to merge my interests in psychology and chemistry, which led me to pursue my B.S degree in neuroscience. Due to the lack of mentorship I had in high school into higher education, I now serve as a student mentor to students like myself. I also advocate for higher education to high school students in underprivileged communities and community college folks. My urology and rheumatology medical clinic work has also shown me the much work needed to do to build better communication and education between physicians and patients. Juntos Podemos! Eva Career: Physician Assistant Hello! My name is Eva, and I am currently a junior at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. I’m a firm believer in being extraordinary and letting the best part of me shine. I’m currently learning Korean and dabble in some drawing and photography. I also love dogs and have four at home. Eva G. Career: Medicine Eva is from Toluca, Mexico, and grew up in Orange County after moving to California at three. She completed high school at Western High School in Anaheim, CA, and is currently working on her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology while also completing pre-med prerequisites at California State University, Fullerton. She is currently working as a tutor and pre-college advisor with Upward Bound and her old high school. Recently she has had the great opportunity to become a social media ambassador to Virtue Mental, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide free mental health resources to underprivileged communities. Her ultimate career goal is to become an emergency physician and practice medicine in California. Jackeline Career: Nursing My name is Jackeline, and I was born in the city of Guatemala, Central America. I migrated to the United States when I was nine years old, along with my sister. Moving to the US opened many doors and expanded opportunities for my sister and me to further our education. I received my high school diploma, was awarded scholarships, and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from San Francisco State University. I currently work as a Community Health Outreach Worker with youth. I am now looking forward to furthering my education and obtaining a career in the medical field as a Nurse. Jefferson Career: Medicine Name: Jefersson; Hometown: East Los Angeles; Born in: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Degree: Bachelor's in Science; Career interested in: Medicine/ Nursing; Favorite hobbies: Watching soccer/basketball games with my brother and going bike riding Jhon Career: Medicine Greeting fellow peers, my name is Jhon, and I am a student from the University of California, Irvine, pursuing the medical field to become a doctor. I come from Peru, and one of my hobbies surrounds listening and making music. I am passionate about creating a healthcare equity environment within our undocumented community and advocating for health's basic human rights. Johan Career: Medicine I was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the US when I was very young. I grew up in Virginia, where I attended the Governor's Health Science Academy at Cosby High School. Where I learned about healthcare careers and where my passion for the health sciences flourished. I'm currently completing a bachelor of science in Clinical Neuroscience at Virginia Tech. I'm very fortunate and ecstatic to be part of this year's PEEP Cohort! I enjoy giving back to the community through volunteering and helping those that need our help. I'm also very passionate about advocating for social change and representing those that are underrepresented. I aspire to become a doctor in the future, not only to help others but also to promote equity and change the world! I believe that it's imperative to keep dreaming, tackle obstacles with a smile, and encourage others to keep fighting for their rights. To not let the struggles define us, but to empower and make us grow. ​ “ Be optimistic, don’t get lost in the sea of despair, but be bold, be courageous and all will work out” - John Lewis Joseph Career: Public Health Joseph is a Junior pursuing Health Science at Rutgers University-Camden transferring from Camden County Community College. Joseph immigrated to the United States from Honduras at the age of 6 and desires to become a public health practitioner focusing on health equity, health policy, and health promotion for underserved communities. Mariel Career: Physician Assistant Mariel is a Mexican immigrant and a first-generation college student. She grew up in Colorado and moved to Riverside, California, in 2013. She is currently in her last year of undergrad and will be graduating in the spring of 2021 with a B.A. in Public Health Policy. She hopes to gain medical experience during her gap year(s) to apply to a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. When she becomes a PA-C, she hopes to serve uninsured Latino communities to address health disparities. In the future, she hopes to share her experience and pre-PA students. Martha Career: Medicine My name is Martha. I am a third-year undergraduate student at the University of California Merced, majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Human Biology. I was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and currently reside in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduating, I plan to attend Medical School. My goal is to become a pediatrician to give back to my community. There are not enough bilingual or minority doctors servicing low-income communities, making doctor-patient communication difficult. As a minority myself, my goal is to help bridge the communication gap by going back and servicing the community where I grew up. I want to alleviate the stress parents undergo when having to discuss their children’s medical concerns, stress brought on because of language and cultural barriers. Monserath Career: Medicine Monserrath is an immigrant from Morelos, Mexico. She grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has a Bachelor of Science in biology and Master of Science in biochemistry from the University of Scranton. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and college with the help of her supportive parents and family. Monserrath wishes to attend medical school to help her community gain better access to healthcare. She also enjoys tutoring and mentoring other students of the same background to make education more accessible for all. Paola Career: Medicine I was born in Minas Gerais, Brasil. At the age of four, I immigrated to the United States with my family and grew up in Yonkers, NY. I am currently obtaining my Bachelor of Science from the University of Rochester in Microbiology with a minor in epidemiology. I hope to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. As a physician in the US, I hope to go back to the diverse community I grew up in and help eradicate the health disparities that are so prevalent. If given the opportunity, I would love to use my public health/epidemiology background and work abroad. It’s my dream to one day be able to travel back to Brazil, over 17 years later, with the ability to implement positive change. Valentina Career: Nursing My name is Valentina, and I am originally from Colombia. I am currently studying at a community college to get all my pre-requisites done to transfer to a nursing program. I would love to become a BSN and specialize in pediatrics. I have always loved to help people who need an extra hand. Victoria Career: Research (PHD) Victoria was born in Guerrero, Mexico, and was raised in a small rural community of the Central Valley called Porterville. She is a third-year undergraduate student at UC Merced. Victoria is pursuing a double major in Public Health and Spanish. Potentially in the future, she aspires to help underrepresented communities that lack healthcare resources and health benefits. She hopes that her success story becomes a role model for other undocumented first-generation Latinas who want to pursue higher education. Yemile Career: Medicine Yemile is a senior at Harvard College studying Human Evolutionary Biology. While Yemile is originally from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, she has lived in Houston, Texas, for most of her life. As a first-generation college student, she is active in advising other under-resourced students to encourage them to pursue higher education. Her goal is to become a pediatrician to provide better healthcare to children from low-income and immigrant communities. She also hopes to work towards fighting against healthcare disparities related to socioeconomic and immigration status.

  • Resource: Undergraduate Students | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Institutional Guidance: Undergraduate Students Academic barriers, such as institutions refusing to admit students based on their immigration status, can present unnecessary stress and challenges to rising students. These guides provide information on how to apply for programs that consider undocumented applicants with temporary benefits, DACA, or other immigration statuses. 2020-2021 Developing an UndocuSupport System: Enrichment Assessment of Campus Support for Undocumented Students DACA, TPS, or no SSN “Pre-Health Dreamers' enrichment assessment was created through a collaborative effort of individuals with a background in higher education, research, recruitment, admissions, establishing programming, advocacy and resources for undocumented students. Undocumented students provided their knowledge, experiences and hands-on support to make this project happen.” DEI Feature: Advising Meets Institutional Advocacy: Creating Systems of Support for Undocumented Students DACA, TPS, or no SSN The percentage of undocumented students in higher education is lower than their U.S. citizen peers and even lower for undocumented students pursuing graduate and professional programs. Advisors and administrators can support the advancement of undocumented students through higher education through self-teaching, advocacy, and coalition building. Advising and working with undocumented students includes understanding immigration and state and federal policies. In addition, advising these students calls for educators to advocate for changes to requirements and processes that block the advancement of students who are undocumented into higher education and the workforce.

  • Contact Us| Pre-Health Dreamers

    Contact Us! The Team Click on the member you wish to email Join the Listserv Yadira Ortiz Executive Director Nursing , Dentistry Advocacy Support Licensure Ally Trainings Sponsorship Financial Assistance Background check for SSN Other health-related professional programs Join Flavia Negrete Project Coordinator Licensing, Income Generating options Website Inquiries PHDreamers Rocio Muñante Navarro Program Coordinator Medical School Post Bacc programs , Public Health programs Maria Navarro Program Coordinator PEEP Program Student Network questions Social Media

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