Melissa Padilla '16 is a member of Dartmouth CoFIRED and has served as the Alliance Co-Director since the winter of 2014. Besides serving on the board of CoFIRED, she was also on the board of directors for Freedom University, a community organization in Georgia dedicated to helping undocumented students continue learning despite discriminatory laws and bans put in place by Georgia legislators. It is her hope that one day all legislators in this country will be able to recognize that education is a human right, something that should not be regulated by citizenship and nine-digit codes.
At Dartmouth, Melissa is double majoring in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, as well as Film Studies. She is a member of the Action Collective, a student organization dedicated to fighting against and holding the administration accountable for issues that affect students of marginalized communities here on campus.
After graduation, Melissa plans to pursue filmmaking. She wants to be a part of a movement which seeks to have more people of color behind and in front of the camera. But more than anything, she wants to see someone on screen whom she and younger women of color can relate to and look up to.
2014 - 2016 Alliance Co-Director
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