Rising Stars: Irma K. Cruz Velez ’16

Irma K. Cruz Velez '16

Irma K. Cruz Velez is making a difference and contributing to the greater good…will you?

“My number-one priority has been getting an education and contributing to my community any way I can.” The Aramis Gonzalo Rios Memorial Scholarship, funded by a generous donor, helps to make it possible for first-generation immigrants and community service-oriented students like Irma K. Cruz Velez ’16 to attend the College of Staten Island and create a world of opportunity. Some of her contributions include: interning for social service programs aimed at tackling violence, substance abuse, and immigrant and gender rights volunteering to translate for the New York City Municipal ID program teaching early childhood Spanish language acquisition at a Staten Island Montessori school organizing and leading a Summer Youth Leadership Summit for teens assisting families impacted by Superstorm Sandy, providing referrals for essential services Irma is an outstanding student who plans to be an English as a Second Language, Spanish, and Special Education teacher. “I feel strongly that I will be an incalculable asset to our city as an energetic leader who guides young minds of the next generation.” She is certainly an asset to CSI.

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