Within a week, she was offered a position as the Latinx Community Lead. “When I got the opportunity to work at TMP, it felt like a gift. I didn’t see it coming and it all happened so quickly. My whole university experience changed,” reminisced Claudia. In her new role, Claudia began to host monthly events that invited students who identify as Latinx to have open conversations about their identities, share how it affects their student life, and meet other Latinx peers.
“When I got the opportunity to work at TMP, it felt like a gift. I didn’t see it coming and it all happened so quickly. My whole university experience changed.”
During her first year as an undeclared arts student, Claudia had trouble finding an area of study she truly cared about. She had developed a faint interest in sociology because “it relates to real-life issues—what’s happening in the world, how we can create change through social justice,” as Claudia remarked. But it was her TMP work that affirmed the value she saw in studying the culture of communities and social relationships. Sociology gave Claudia a lens to critically understand the real-life experiences she and her Latinx peers encounter, bringing a new intimate meaning to the theories about identity, cultures, and communities she explores in class. “What I learn really does apply to what I experience in my day-to-day life and everyone else’s experiences,” said Claudia.