Maribel Valdez Hermosillo is a San Antonio-born daughter of Mexican migrants. She studied History at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has been a Masters of Education candidate in Educational Leadership at Concordia University—Portland. In addition, Maribel attendedTexas Women’s University in Denton, TX and completed her Masters of Arts in Women’s Studies. Maribel has been the Learning Strategies Center Assistant at The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio where she provides academic support to students. In addition, she is a Young People For (YP4) alumna, mentor and Fellowship Recruitment Consultant. Her goal as an active member of the YP4 alumni network is to act as support to help foster the tools and skills of young community leaders to create change now and over the long term. As a first generation college graduate, Maribel is passionate about providing comprehensive support to first generation students of color in higher education. In an effort to contextualize social issues, considering the intersectionality of race, class, gender, sexuality and accessibility is at the core of her values as a queer Chicana educator and writer.