Janete Violeta Alvarez

With the help of a 2017 Newcomer Scholarship, Janete Violeta Alvarez is enrolled in her junior year at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., where she is majoring in Urban Studies.

She aims to earn a doctorate in community engagement and become “a policy influencer andadvocate for underrepresented communities.”

She has been engaged with students in a restorative justice program at Mount Holyoke High School, a Latino-majority school. “I have not only developed effective organizing, professional and leadership skills,” she says, “but also have gained a family by building essential relationships with the youth.”

Violeta was born in Mexico and, before enrolling at Mount Holyoke, lived in southeast Portland

“Violeta’s commitment to community and academic history are exceptional,” says one of her professors, adding she “stands out as one of the most engaged and passionate students I have ever taught.”

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