Gisel is a senior Marketing student at Sacramento State University. She loves traveling, sharing her love for the National Parks and creating social media. She strives to surround herself in an environment that involves diversity and inclusivity. Showing parks as a welcoming space for all ethnic groups is a goal Gisel hopes to achieve.
Pia attends Clark University in Massachusetts where they major in Race & Ethnic Studies with minors in Art History and Global Environmental Studies. As a second-year LHIP intern, Pia will have the opportunity to teach people the rich and nuanced histories of Fort Raleigh while also exploring the outer banks of North Carolina.
Mario, a first-generation American Veteran, graduated from Colorado State University with a double Bachelor of Science and Arts. His career goals would be to work with NPS or a similar organization where he can be that familiar face that energizes people to not only enjoy the outdoors but be inspired to be future stewards of Madre Tierra.
Adriana is an Environmental Sciences undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Her goal is to gain knowledge in the environmental and ecological fields involving freshwater, saltwater, and terrestrial ecosystems to participate in important restoration and conservation projects.
Steven is currently enrolled in the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning. For Steven, LHIP seems to share his personal values, so he is excited for the opportunity to work with LHIP, grow in his community practices, and build on his passion to illuminate Hispanic heritage and identity in the United States.
Gia attends the University of Texas at El Paso as a first-generation college student majoring in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Museum Studies. Gia is excited to learn how public relations and communications raise awareness about the importance of bringing the news to the public and increase park visitation.
Karen is a graduate student focusing in Arts for History at CSU Bakersfield. LHIP has given her the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge she’s gained as a historian and will allow her to be an ambassador of the Latino community working with others and building connections.
Jeff graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology from Hood College. Jeff hopes to meet talented and driven people through LHIP, and aims to advance his skills in public outreach and strives to be a part of the change needed to increase diversity and inclusion in the historical field.
Mikaela is a second-year student at the University of Houston majoring in Environmental Science. LHIP gives me a chance to continue learning about GIS and applying her skills in interesting, real-world projects. Mikaela would love to do GIS as a career and expand her knowledge and skills with the software.
Sofia is currently a student at Brown University pursuing the conservation biology and policy track of the Environmental Science degree. She is excited by the opportunity to contribute to an effort that will benefit future scientific endeavors and education of the public related to the natural world.
Sophia is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in Communications and Digital Media. As a second-year LHIP intern, Sophia is passionate about promoting diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the National Park Service. An avid nature lover, Sophia enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors.
Ana is a student at Northern Illinois University, and planning to major in Sociology with an emphasis in criminology. Ana believes that LHIP offers amazing opportunities for minorities and will allow us to bring our own cultural knowledge to all these national parks.
Alejandra graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and an emphasis in Jazz Guitar. Alajandra’s motivations include gaining professional skills, establishing meaningful relationships with industry peers, and creating a positive impact on the communities we serve.
Jacqui graduated in 2022 with a degree in Sociology and Natural Resources from Oregon State University. She is interested in pursuing marine biology, learning about the ecosystems that run our world, but also the ecology of Hawai'i and the folks who live here.
Glen attends the University of Richmond majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Glen realized the need for diversity and representation within national parks after volunteering as a ranger in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. Through this program, he hopes to inspire diverse people to work in conservation.
Dumari is a first-generation student attending Rice University, majoring in Environmental Science, with concentrations in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dumari is captivated by this internship because she can teach people how to properly recycle by using a variety of research and art methods.
Xiomara is majoring in Child Development at Los Angeles City College. Xiomara’s goal is to be able to share all of her knowledge of the outdoors with others, especially BIPOC communities that might lack the resources and support to enjoy the outdoors.
Jaegar is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Ball State University. Jaegar's professional interest entails: obtaining a permanent position in the future with the National Parks Service as a Park Ranger, performing all duties including: preservation and protection of the park and the park visitors.
Velania is pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Environmental Systems and Sustainability at Southern Connecticut State University. The LHIP initiative will be beneficial in preparing the foundation of her long-term professional goals; working for the National Park Service.
Ash is a first generation graduate from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s in History and minor in Anthropology. She wants to show the community that in the NPS not only do you see BIPOC representation, but you hear them too.
Julia Martinez is a first generation college student currently pursuing a degree in Applied Math/Pre-Engineering at Georgia Gwinnett College. She wishes to pursue a career in the environmental field as an Environmental Engineer and/or Urban Planner.
Tatiana is pursuing a Masters of Science in Park Management, with a concentration in Recreational Therapy from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. A Brazilian-Romanian and first-generation American, she is grateful sharing her mission of increasing inclusive, diverse, and creative programming.
Carla graduated with her degree in Biology with an emphasis in Natural Science from Utah Tech University. Carla has a strong personal motto to give back to what has given to her and Zion has always been a place where she felt at peace.
Gabriella is pursuing a degree in Natural Resources and minoring in Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. Her goal is to make healthy, safe environments more accessible to underprivileged communities and inspire passion in the environment through education.
Diana Quintero is from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Museum Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her professional interests include making archaeology accessible to the public. More specifically, how archaeology is made meaningful in how people understand contemporary cultures.
Toni is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience and Chemistry at the University of Houston. She has always recognized science as an extension of ourselves, and her career ambitions revolve around hydrology. Toni recognizes LHIP as a token of the life her parents encouraged her to strive for.
Karina is finishing her Masters at the University of New Mexico in Community Regional Planning, with a focus in historic preservation. As a first generation Mexican-American, she looks forward to working with Latino communities to highlight underrepresented narratives that are central to the historical fabric and development of this country.
Yajali graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies. Her interest are derived from the connection to the National Parks and their focus on diversity through Latino/a/x individuals. She believes this inclusion can bring new guests and introduce them to the wonders of the National Parks.
Marty is currently attending Northern Illinois University. They currently have a bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences with an emphasis on Biodiversity and Environmental Restoration. Marty’s long term professional goals consist of working with NPS and entering the field of climate science communication/education.
Allison Toro Villada is a graduate from Lehigh University with a degree in Architecture. Throughout her studies, Allison focused on the preservation, restoration, and densification of historic urban areas. She is interested in recognizing and documenting the Rio Vista Farm, as it represents a valuable piece of our history that is often overlooked.