Kenia has been a tireless advocate for Latinas and Latinos, for the undocumented community and those with DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as Dreamers). Kenia fled the brutal violence in El Salvador as an undocumented immigrant in 2005. Along with her parents and younger brother and sister, Kenia survived a harrowing journey through Mexico and across the Arizona desert to their new home in Iowa. Today Kenia is a senior Management Student at Drake University, an Immigrant Organizer and part-time bilingual administrative assistant at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
Kenia is an active member of La Fuerza Latina on Drake’s campus, an organization that encourages middle and high school Latinas and Latinos to pursue higher education. She meets with Dreamers and their families on a regular basis to offer support. She is an Equity and Inclusion Senator-At-Large at Drake, where her goal is to bridge the gap between communities of color. Kenia’s advocacy work has garnered substantial local and national media attention over the past three years. In 2015 she was named one of the “15 people to Watch in 2015” by the Des Moines Register. We will continue to watch the courageous advocacy efforts of Kenia on behalf of all people of color.