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Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month

Norma Salazar-Ibarra
Secondary Education Graduate Fellow
Hometown: Santa Maria, California
Schools/Degrees: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., Education in Prevention Science and Practice. California State University, Long Beach, Master of Science in Counseling
Placement: Office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva 

Norma R. Salazar-Ibarra was born in Zacatecas, Mexico but raised in Santa Maria, California. She holds B.A. in Chicano & Latino studies, human development, and sociology from California State University, Long Beach. During her undergraduate studies, she worked for a federally funded program where she assisted first generation low-income high school and middle school students with post-secondary processes.

Norma received a M.A. in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a member of the Multicultural Advisory Council which seeks to facilitate diversity awareness in the HGSE community. She is currently completing a second M.A. in science in counseling with an emphasis in school counseling at California State University, Long Beach. Norma most recently coordinated a federally funded program at a community college in southern California that seeks to increase the number of women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans who are pursuing a degree in the field of engineering.

As a CHCI Graduate Fellow, Norma seeks to enhance her knowledge of Congress and educational policy-making. This experience will facilitate her desire to promote equity in education among students across racial, economic, and geographic boundaries.

Pedro Suarez
BP Foundation STEM Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: San Juan, Texas
School: University of Texas, Austin
Degree: B.S., Mathematics
Placement: Office of Rep. Filemon Vela 

Pedro Suárez Jr. is a first-generation Mexican-American born in McAllen, but raised in San Juan and Dumas, Texas.  In May 2013, he earned a B.S. in mathematics and Mexican-American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

As an undergraduate, Pedro participated in several student organizations and initiatives that focused on assisting underserved communities. His involvement and research in K-12 and higher education led him to help establish the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) which fosters a pipeline for higher education in the Latino community.

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Pedro hopes to develop his leadership skills and become better acquainted with the public policy process. His primary interests are K-12 and higher education, health and labor policy, and Mexico-U.S. border issues.

Past Fellow of the Month

Israel Nery - May 2015 Fellow of the Month
Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007