"Like a lot of my first–generation and/or low–income friends at Penn, and my urban public high school friends who decided to attend a selective university, I questioned whether or not I deserved to be here. Maybe I had been too idealistic. Maybe I should’ve listened to those who told me I wouldn’t fit in at an Ivy League institution. Maybe it really wasn’t a place meant for people like me."
"Everyone thinks a Penn student is always this perfect kid with good grades who volunteers weekly, runs multiple clubs, launches start–ups, talks a lot in class, and speaks multiple languages. But we forget that even though we were all accepted into Penn, we don’t all stand on the same playing field when we enter. Some of us came from more humble beginnings, and when we first walk down Locust, each of us comes bearing weighty achievements and even weightier baggage."
- Sabrina Aponte, Cipactli's 26th Class, Class of 2019
Ivan Sanchez is a 2018 Penn grad from Atlanta, GA. He is now lives in Philadelphia working in management consulting for telecom and media companies. At Penn, Ivan majored in Marketing and studied abroad in Milan. He was involved in the Latino Coalition, Cipactli Board, and Wharton Cohorts. In the future, Ivan hopes to work in the entertainment industry. ¡Suerte Ivan!
Melvin Reyes '19 after presenting his summer’s research on cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) administration as part of the IMB Summer Fellowship Program with the University of Pennsylvania, sponsored by MindCORE, the Center for Outreach, Research and Education. He hopes to continue his work at the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation!
This month, Cipactli members serving as mentors for the Unidos Mentorship Program (between upper and underclassmen) joined their mentees on a day-long trip to Washington, DC! A highlight of the trip was a tour of the White House Nicolas Garcia '16-'15 organized!
Cipactli Members Marco Herndon '16 and Mabel Oviedo '16 are pictured here before the White House with Unidos mentees and members of the wider Latino community.
Cipactli Members joined Books Through Bars at their annual Valentine's Day Pack-a-Thon on February 13th! Books Through Bars is an inspiring organization that sends books to incarcerated people across the Northeast. We hope to continue partnering with them in the future!
Cipactli Community Service Chair Marco Herndon '16 and member Stephanie Tillit '16 thoroughly enjoyed giving back for Valentine's Day!