Briggitte Bolaños Vieyra
College Adviser Fellow, Antioch High School
Briggitte grew up in Mexico until age ten, then immigrated with her family to Antioch Ca. It was in Antioch where she went from elementary to high school. She was always aware of being undocumented and after high school Briggitte expected to continue her educational journey in Mexico. However, after being accepted into UC Berkeley and obtaining the means to finance her education Briggitte decided to stay. She was very aware that going to college would not have been possible if it was not for her mentors; thus, she came interested in paying it forward by working with youth. During her time in UC Berkeley Briggitte was involve with various student organizations TRENZA, the Chicano Latino Development Center, BUILD, and Latinx Caucus. In these organization she was a mentor/tutor for elementary and middle school students, facilitator of discussion within the Lantinx community, and event planner for the Latinx women in TRENZA. It was these different experiences, which open her eyes to the need of more access to higher education for under-resourced youth and inspire her to become an adviser fellow.