Mariana Lagunas, BS’19, has been involved in civic engagement since the age of 10.
“It’s just part of who I am,” she said.
As an elementary student, she was involved in the Latino Youth Collective, which provides resources and opportunities for youth to engage in development. With the Latino Youth Collective, she visited colleges and other organizations to do presentations on immigration and share stories from her perspective. She helped develop the Campecine Youth Academy (now The Athena Academy) which uses media to create documentaries and encourages participants to address issues they view in their community.
When Mariana came to IUPUI, she wasn’t planning on staying. Then, as fate would have it, she was able to go on an alternative spring break to Atlanta.
“I went as a skeptic. I wanted to know what they were saying,” she said, “But on the trip I learned so much from the other students and their stories.”