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 2016-2017 Board
Major and Academic Interests: I am a Spanish Major in the Curry Masters Program. I am also doing the Global Studies in Education Minor.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Cultural Background: Peruvian
UVA Involvement and Activities: In addition to PMP, I volunteer with Day in the Life as well as the Southwood tutoring program with Latino Student Alliance (the Outreach Committee). I also do ESL tutoring at Buford Middle School. I am part of a Peer Advising Committee and am also involved in Chi Alpha and Club Swim.
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Once Upon a Time, Blacklist, Velvet
Fun Fact: I have an irrational fear of sharks but have been a swimmer all my life and basically live at the beach and ocean (it's the only reason I never learned how to surf). I refuse to watch Jaws or any shark movie. Forget watching Shark Week. I also sneeze every time I cough a lot/ choking.
Major and Academic Interests: I plan on double-majoring in Economics and either Foreign Affairs or Global Development Studies. I definitely want to work around the world learning about different cultures and helping developing nations establish strong economies through policy or business.
Hometown: I lived in Stafford, VA (the town in Virginia full of fun activities) for most of my life but I was born in Woodbridge, VA.
Cultural Background: Salvadorian (both parents born in El Salvador)
UVA Involvement and Activities: My main involvments on Grounds include the University Guide Service on which I will serve as Co-Recruitment Chair next year, Second Year Council, specifically on the Dinner Series Committee, and as a research assistant at the Judegment and Decision Experimental (JADE) Lab where I help my advisor with her research but also conduct my own. I am also looking forward to joining the Salsa Club so I can finally learn how to dance more than just Bachata.
Favorite TV Show: My favorite shows include Dexter (the first series I completed on Netflix), House of Cards (still deciding whether I love the Underwoods or despise them) and Game of Thrones (which I barely started watching in May--long live the Starks!).
Fun Fact: I'm the only student at UVa named Hector! I don't even need a last name!
Major and Academic Interests: Computer Science and Engineering Business Minor
Hometown: Leesburg, VA
Cultural Background: Salvadorian
UVA Involvement and Activities: I am part of the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE). I am also part of the Peer Mentoring Program (PMP). On my free time I enjoy running, playing soccer, working out, and beating everyone in FIFA.
Favorite TV Show: FRIENDS. I love Jennifer.
Fun Fact: So, for 18 years of my life I lived without knowing that I actually had a twin. I was actually born in the great and magnificent city of Bogota, Colombia on the same day as the astounding Alejandro Vargas. Apparently, at birth we were separated and I was shipped off to El Salvador. For the first three years of my life El Salvador nurtured me and showed me the garrobero ways. At age 3, I was led by a coyote to the land of the free, dodging la migra, and swimming across el Rio Grande. It is here where I met my parents. They took me in with open arms, and raised me. When I got to UVA I was randomly paired with the one and only lost twin of my life. Te amo Alejo.
Major and Academic Interests: Environmental Sciences, pursuing a minor in Global Sustainability
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Cultural Background: Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, American Indian (and 100% American)
UVA Involvement and Activities: Aside from serving on PMP's exec board, I'm also a committee member of the Latino Student Alliance (LSA), a Sustainability Advocate for the Office for Sustainability, Intern at OpenGrounds, ULink Advisor and Head of Household, and a sister of Sigma Delta Tau! In my spare time I love hunting for things at thrift stores, being physically active and exploring the great outdoors.
Favorite TV Show: All time favorite has got to be The Office, but my most recent obsession is One Tree Hill...it's so bad, it's good. Also I've always found How it's Made to be oddly soothing.
Fun Fact: My current cell phone is an iPhone 4s that I've had since 9th grade AND it doesn't have a scratch on it, so you could say I'm pretty responsible. I also bake a mean banana bread.