Cassandra Arroyo, Data Management 2022-2023, President 2022-2023
Program: PhD Student in Higher Education
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Cassandra is a doctoral student in the higher education program at the University of Michigan. As a Mexicana-Boricua scholar, her research examines the intersection of higher education policy and college access for Latinx students. She also works as a research policy intern for Excelencia in Education studying Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and institutional resilience in Puerto Rico. Outside of academia, Cassandra enjoys dancing bachata, salsa, and merengue and playing with her husky.
Delfina Grinspan, Community Engagement Co-Chair 2022-2023
Program: M.S. Student in Ecosystem Science and Management, School for Environment and Sustainability
Maria Ramirez, Community Engagement Co-Chair 2022-2023
Carina Wilson, Events & Logistics Co-Chair 2022-2023
Jessica Villarreal, Communications 2021-2022
Ariana Munoz-Salgado, Treasurer 2021-2022
Program: PhD Student in Social Psychology
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ariana is a graduate student in the Social Psychology program. Broadly speaking, she studies underrepresented group members’ experiences with subtle bias (microaggressions, omissions) and the effects on their wellbeing and academic outcomes. In her free time, she likes going to the movies, trying out new restaurants, and attending artisan fairs. Thanks to Puentes, she gets to be part of a cross-disciplinary Latinx community on campus, where she has felt understood and supported. She is very excited for the upcoming Puentes Welcome Event and the opportunity to meet more Latinx students!
Veronica Correa, Event and Logistics Co-chair 2021-2022
Program: Master's Student for School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Veronica Correa is a second-year master's student at SEAS, where she is specializing in environmental behavior, education, and communication. Veronica got her bachelor's in environmental science at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, but missed Ann Arbor so much she decided to come back for grad school. When she isn't busy with school she is probably updating her LinkedIn profile or making Spotify playlists for her cat.
Natalie Montas, Community Engagement and Partnerships Co-chair 2021-2022
Program: Master of Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Natalie is a master’s student in the Supply Chain Management program at the University of Michigan. She was previously living in the Dominican Republic where she completed her undergraduate studies in Business Administration. She likes outdoor activities, trying new food and loves to spend time with her family, friends and dogs.
Areli Ariana Balderrama, Community Engagement and Partnerships Co-chair
Program: Master of Urban & Regional Planning and Master of Health Behavior & Health Education
Hometown: Woodland, CA
Areli is a third-year dual degree Public Health and Urban Planning student. They have a profound curiosity and commitment to create spaces that highlight strengths in BIPOC communities to ensure a safer and healthier future for the next generation. They enjoy puzzling, propagating plants, backpacking, and cycling (even in 40+ degree weather!). Areli Ariana's pronouns are they/them/ their.