Victoria Hernandez is a Master of Arts student in International Educational Development, with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Gates Millennium Scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she also minored in Education and Chicanx Studies. As a McNair Research Scholar at UCLA, she conducted research with Latina youth at youThink, a social justice program geared towards community empowerment. Currently, Victoria is a graduate assistant at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, and an intern at The Door, an organization that provides comprehensive services to youth from underserved communities. As a member of the Coalition of Latinx Scholars at Teachers College, Columbia University, she has organized the annual Latinx Unity Dinner and EnVisions, a conference intended to demystify graduate school for first-generation students of Color. Of Honduran and Mexican heritage, Victoria was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is planning to develop her Master’s thesis on the educational experiences of Central American asylum-seekers and recently arrived immigrant youth in the United States.