Esmeralda Herrera

Portland, Oregon

HIA Program:

Netherlands Netherlands 2015


A first generation American born and raised in South Bronx, New York, Esmeralda Herrera is a recent graduate of Reed College with a bachelors in linguistics and a strong command of the Chinese language. Esmeralda currently works as a Student Support Specialist, helping at-risk youth find different successful life options. She believes in justice, equity, respect, community and hope. She believes that the exchange of ideas helps connect communities, which promotes growth and learning and disrupts the cycle of generational poverty nationwide and worldwide. She feels that this approach helps organize communities for collective action, resulting in social change and wellness. In her spare time, Esmeralda conducts HIV testing at Cascade Aids, a non-profit clinic that helps support and empower people living with or affected by HIV. Esmeralda also currently lives with Adsideo Church, a Christian community.


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