Valeria Rodriguez has walked in the shoes of many immigrant Nebraskans, and as Appleseed’s newest Field Organizer, she is looking forward to empowering leaders in communities across the state to work for positive change in their towns.
“I am excited to join Nebraska Appleseed as a Field Organizer because I get the opportunity to work with six great communities to strengthen civic engagement and leadership development,” she said.
Valeria is no stranger to Appleseed. She previously has been an Appleseed intern, and most recently, worked as the coordinator of the WE Lead program where she helped immigrant women in Scottsbluff and Crete use their voice on issues important to their communities.
Currently a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Valeria was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México, and moved to Mitchell, Neb. (near Scottsbluff), when she was young.
She is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and helped found the UNL chapter of Define American, where she helped the chapter earn the organization’s College Chapter of the Year Award.
“I am extremely passionate about immigrant rights because I myself am an immigrant to this country,” Valeria said. “I have lived the undocumented life and now the documented life. I want to be able to educate immigrants about their rights and more.”
We’re very proud to welcome Valeria to Appleseed as our newest Field Organizer!