New retention program helps Cleveland’s first-generation Hispanic college students hear the words, “Congratulations, graduate!”
“Cleveland helped me when I needed it most and I want to give back, especially give back to the Hispanic community,” said Rodriguez. “I feel passionate about it and I’m happy to be able to study for this so I can give back.”
Rodriguez already is giving back, through an internship at the Spanish American Committee where a lot of her work these days centers on helping Puerto Ricans seeking a new life in Cleveland after their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
Rodriguez and her family likely will serve as an inspiration to these newcomers. Her father got a job at a trucking company shortly after arriving in Cleveland in 2014, and then started his own transportation business and bought a house for his family. And now, his daughter Luz is on track to become a college graduate thanks in part to Líderes Avanzando.