Binghamton Fall Class of 2011 - Luisa Batiz "Bold, Brilliant & Audacious Goals"





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Uploaded on Dec 12, 2011

Luisa Batiz, who will receive her bachelor's degree in sociology, with a global studies minor, spoke on behalf of the undergraduate candidates at Binghamton Fall 2011 Commencement ceremonies.

Batiz could be described as an overachiever -- at least when it comes to helping the underprivileged. She has spent a summer teaching English, Spanish, math, science and history to youngsters in Honduras; worked for the After School Corporation to mentor students at summer camps in Brooklyn and the Bronx, in particular by facilitating College 101 workshops; and launched WE SPEAK BU, a Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition chapter at Binghamton University.

While at Binghamton, her work as one of the founding members of WE SPEAK BU is what she is most proud of. The student organization was created to address the increasing rates of HIV/AIDS among women of color. "WE SPEAK BU strives to promote HIV/AIDS awareness on campus by creating interactive workshop and safer sex initiatives," Batiz said.

From Brooklyn, she also earned an ELLA Fellowship that enabled her to create an after-school program focused on increasing self-esteem in middle-school girls there, and last summer completed a fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, in Public Policy and International Affairs.

Batiz will be a Teach for America Corps member in New York City following graduation. "After completing Teach For America, I would like to pursue a PhD in public policy with a concentration on the international monetary system in Latin America," she said. "I strive to tackle issues that adversely affect people of color."


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