Mayra Cruz is an Advanced Standing MSW student with a concentration in Policy Practice. Her interests include advocating for the socio-economic growth and sustainability for the island of Puerto Rico and improving opportunities for the Latino population by educating, recognizing their issues and allowing their voices to be heard. In the field she has worked with the Latino population since she started from elementary up to high school with a focus on both women and adults. After getting her MSW, Mayra intends to focus on promoting the well-being of the Latino family, promoting higher education among Latinos and promoting changing policy in favor of the Latino population.
Eden Rivera is an Advanced Standing MSW student with a concentration in Community Organization. Her interests include advocating for the improvement of the quality of life of marginalized and stigmatized populations in Connecticut. Currently, Eden Rivera is an intern at the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project and is serving as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, CT Army National Guard. Upon earning her Master of Social Work degree, she will focus on the advancement and empowerment of women, as well as to engage in opportunities to promote the education and well-being of those who are vulnerable or oppressed.