PMP is led by a group of dedicated and organized students who make up the program’s executive team. They are in charge of planning and running community-wide events, organizing mentor training workshops and offering support to both mentors and mentees throughout the year. They benefit from access to faculty, administrators and other professional contacts. Their work with PMP provides them with professional experience in community building, event planning, managing budgets and more.
Meet the 2013-2014 Board
Cultural Background: I am 100% Brasileira (Brazilian) and 50% Jewish. I was born and raised in Brazil from where I moved in 2010 to the United States.
Major and Academic Interests: I am going to major in Foreign Affairs with concentration in Latin America.
Career Aspirations: I plan to enroll in graduate school in either the area of politics, or public policy. I want to help the countries of Latin America, especially Brazil, become better places with education and good public health system for most of the population. I also intend to help Latino immigrants in the United States and, possibly Israel, which is where I want to live in the future..
UVA Involvement and activities: I am involved at PMP (yay!), Por Colombia, and JRLC (Jewish Religious Life Council)
Tip to First-Year Self: Be yourself (everyone wants to know more about you), be confident, don't forget to study, and don't give in to peer pressure (unless your friends want you to come to PMP events).
Favorite TV Show: How I met your mother, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Daily Show, SNL, GMA, and 30 Rock.
Name: Roberto Rada
Cultural Background: 100% Boliviano; Born in Tarija, but grew up in Santa Cruz, moved to the United States in 2000 and have grown to call Falls Church, VA my home.
Major and Academic Interests: I am majoring in Cognitive Science and on the Pre-Med track.
Career Aspirations: Pediatrics/Genetics; mostly in terms of Autism development.
UVA involvement and Activities: I'm involved with the Latino Student Alliance, AutismSpeaks, Habitat For Humanity, the Vietnamese Student Association, OYFA, Madison House Volunteering focusing on the Hispanic Family Nights, AND obviously PMP, 'cause it's the bomb.
Tip to First-Year Self: To be more involved. There is so much going on at UVa, so many organizations and all of them offer a variety of resources. Take advantage of the resources available. Also, to learn how to study; UVa is in a complete other spectrum than high school.
Favorite TV Show: Friends. I cried when it ended. I always watch the re-runs whenever I see them on TV.
Name: Evelyn Ponce
Cultural Background: I was born in Woodbridge, Va and have lived there my entire life. My dad is from Ecuador and my mother is from Guatemala. Therefore, growing up I was given the pleasure of visiting both countries and was raised learning both cultures.
Major and Academic Interests: I am a fourth year in the Engineering School studying Electrical Engineering. I'm interested in pursuing a master's in business after working for a couple of years.
Career Aspirations: Being in a male dominated field, I would love just to excel as one a women and two a Latina. I plan on building on my career, as I previously stated, by getting a master's in business later in life. But what I would hope for the most in my career is the ability to be happy and love what I am doing.
UVa Involvement and activities: I am on the executive board for the Latino/Hispanic Peer Mentoring Program. I am also a member of IEEE, institute of electrical and electronics engineers, at Virginia, along with being a member of Trigon Engineering Society. I volunteer through Madison House at Montanova Stables by teaching students in elementary school how to ride horses.
Tip to First-Year Self: Being away for college we are giving so many opportunities to try things we never would have. Just remember that it is not all about partying, grades mean so much more and you don't want to ruin it your first year before you REALLY get into your major. Also to not be shy, take a leap of faith. That person you may have randomly gone up to could become your best friend or future roommate, I know it did for me.
Favorite TV show: I usually get hooked pretty easily to new TV shows but I have got to say two of my favorite shows are Pretty Little Liars and Duck Dynasty. Pretty Little Liars is definitely the inner little kid inside of me, who loves reading mystery books. Then we have Duck Dynasty, where we have reality TV meets the south. "I don't know any redneck that's not into fun. That's their middle name. "Red-Fun-Neck"! And that's a fact, Jack! "
Name: Alejandro Ramirez Disla
Cultural Background: I grew up in the Dominican Republic and was born in Miami. Culturally, I am 100% Hispanic.
Major and Academic Interests: I plan to concentrate in Finance and Accounting. I will also try to finish my undergraduate career with either a minor or major in Economics.
Career Aspirations: My plan is to be an investment-banking analyst in the United States for two years after I finish my undergraduate studies and then proceed to do an MBA in Europe. After, I see myself working in a private equity firm. In the long term, I want to work in the Dominican Republic's public finance sector, having a direct influence in the financial decisions that take place in my country.
UVA Involvement and activities: I am an analyst at both the Alternative Investment Fund at McIntire and the McIntire Investment Institute. Furthermore, I am a member of the Washington Literary and Debating Society. Lastly, I am part of the Hispanic/Latino Peer Mentoring Program.
Tip to First-Year Self: Join CIO's. They'll help you meet people with similar interests in the university and are an effective way to expand your network here. Plan ahead and try to get your work done early: UVa feels like a much better place when you are not boggled down with piles of work. Lastly, go out at least once every weekend with your friends: 4 years of college only come once.
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad and How I met Your Mother.