Marco Martinez ‘08, President
The four years I spent at Brown (part of the illustrious class of 2008; Department of Latin American Studies) were the most formative years of my life. The challenges I faced academically during my time there made me a more adaptable and inevitable life-long learner. As an outlet, in my moments of stress, I found that that my comfort and solace came from my closest friends and Brown family in the Latino Community. I looked to the Latin@/multicultural staff – Professor Ralph Rodriguez, Professor Sandra Russo-Rodriguez, Mercedes Domenech, Angela Romans, Dean Carolyn Denard, President Ruth J. Simmons- for academic and life advice, and turned to my peers at the TWC, in MEChA, MEZCLA, BULC, MPC’s and MPC friends for everything else in between. Who I am now was deeply shaped by experiences I shared with these people. To say that Brown changed my life is an understatement.
Now, eight years out, I have spent my time in and out of the classroom as an educator. I was part of Teach For America’s 2008 Corps where I worked with 5th graders in science for two years in my small hometown of Edcouch-Elsa in South Texas. Immediately after, I joined IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley and now in Central Texas where I have collectively taught Pre-AP World Cultures, Pre-AP Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra, and have acted as an interim Instructional Coach and Campus Testing Coordinator.
Since graduating I have been an active member in the regional alumni groups for both the RGV and Austin. Along with fellow alumni, Elizabet Palacios ’06 and Isabel Martinez ‘05, we founded the Brown Club of the Rio Grande Valley in 2010. I have also been an active interviewer for prospective Brown University students over the past half-decade. Giving back to Brown with my time has been one of a few ways I stay connected with The University. Being able to unite with fellow alumni and share my experiences with those who have an interest in Brown has paved the way for my leadership in BULAC. Two years’ time is a small amount given the ambitious work that the BULAC board and I have tasked ourselves to accomplish; creating and fostering a more meaningful mentoring program for Latin@ undergrads and alumni, supporting a stronger line of communication and connectivity for all Latin@ alumni amongst one another and Brown, and ensure that BULAC’s progress is both well-known and longevitous. I look forward to working with Brown’s ever expanding Latin@ alumni community and assisting them to stay connected with each other and with Brown.