Hispanic Heritage Week: Future Latino Leaders Take Shape In Brooklyn
As NY1 continues to look at political leaders in the Hispanic community, a younger generation is learning how to find their political voice with the help of a Brooklyn institution.
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Soribel Feliz is about to graduate from Brooklyn College in December. She wants to go into government and has already taken some steps to get there. She's a political science major and a Shirley Chisholm scholar. As a recipient of the scholarship -- which pays homage to the political pioneer -- Feliz completed internships at government offices both in Albany and Washington D.C.
"It empowered me. And I definitely see myself going on as a foreign service officer, maybe as an ambassador someday," Feliz said.
Now to help achieve her goals, she's joined the White House Project, a non profit group dedicated to advancing women's leadership in the political arena.
"We do a lot of inspiration. We do a lot of the hard skills. What does it take to actually win. What does it take to put a campaign team together," said Erin Vilardi of White House Project. "And then we do a lot of the networking and confidence building. Because often times it's all about who you know, how to get connected, how to get your foot in the door."
The White House Project teamed up with Brooklyn College this school year to offer the training to students and recent alumni. A handful of Latinas have signed up.
"I'm just interested in empowering my own self visibly in my community and representing Latinas especially all across the board," said Brooklyn College alumnus Marshalla Ramos.
"I want to be the David Axelrod of politics. That Latina version of course," said Brooklyn College student Cruz Garcia.
The White House Project thought Brooklyn College would be a good fit because of its strong women's studies department and the legacy of Chisholm, one of its most distinguished alums who went on to become the first African-American woman elected to Congress and the first woman from a major political party to run for the presidency.