Rubi was a Marketing and Management student at the Robins School of Business of the University of Richmond. She enjoys participating in the management of cultural organizations and advocating for social change. She was the co-founder and president of the group Ritmo Latino which promoted cultural awareness through dance. Rubi served as a student advisor with the Peer, Advisors and Mentors program at the University. She is a co-founder and organizer of the Siler City Immigrant Rights Team. Through the Fellowship Rubi hopes to give a stronger voice to the Hispanic-Latino community in her town, and throughout the nation.
Phone: Building Power in Siler City to End Institutionalized Discriminatory Practices Rubis Blueprint seeks to create a more integrated and safe community in the town of Siler City, NC by putting an end to discriminatory practices against Latinos. These practices are mainly manifested in police roadblocks that are placed strategically at Latino-populated areas of the town in order to have an excuse to hunt down undocumented folks without drivers licenses. The police department has unlawfully taken it upon themselves to act as ICE agents, and in some counties they have even started the deportation process for some undocumented folk caught during license checkpoints. This Blueprint project seeks to educate the community, empower them with information, and work with a large network of leaders and allies to sign a petition to put an end to this practice. The ultimate goal is to make Siler City a pleasant place for everyone to live once again. No person, whether undocumented or not, will have to be fearful of encountering harassment at multiple checkpoints on any given day or of getting their car tailed and pulled over simply because of their skin color.