Melissa Barrera came to the U.S. at age 9 from Camargo, a small city near Chihuahua, México. She grew up in the border city of El Paso, TX, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communications from The University of Texas at El Paso, a partner college with TheDream.US.
In 2007, she spent a year in St. Étienne, France in an exchange program, which motivated her in 2011, to spend a summer teaching ESL in Weihai, China. These two experiences broadened her perspective on education and world cultures, and contributed to her strong passion and appreciation for both. While interning with an agency in the Federal Government in 2012, she worked on an initiative to bring more underrepresented groups into the Federal workforce.
Contributing to that project deepened her connection to minority groups around the country, and strengthened her drive to give back to a community that she believes has given her so much.