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November 30, 2015 |

JaimeAlvarado3I first knew I wanted to attend college before I even had my high school diploma. But as an immigrant, with a limited education, I couldn’t find much help from anyone who could steer me in the right direction and almost dropped out.

Once I graduated from high school, I delayed college and worked with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as a union organizer, where I helped organize various labor campaigns, including the historic “Justice for Janitors” campaign, a nationwide movement to achieve better wages, working conditions, and health care for janitors and caretakers. I loved organizing and was honored to be able to help some of the most vulnerable populations to empower themselves.

After my last campaign in Texas, in 2010, I decided to go to college and enrolled in ASAP at LaGuardia Community College. I graduated in two years with an associate degree in business administration, and immediately transferred to Queens College and graduated in the spring of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government. I am now pursuing my master’s degree in labor studies at CUNY’s Murphy Institute.

Politics and public service are my passion and I’ve served for several distinguished elected officials. I am also passionate about the rights of the undocumented, and I’ve been active in working for passage of the DREAM Act, and for the recognition of undocumented students as any other student in New York state.

I would not be where I am today without ASAP, and I hope one day to earn my doctoral degree.