Esmeralda Herrera – Program Officer (Princeton in Asia Fellow)

Hailing from Bronx, NYC, Esmeralda Herrera holds a Bachelor degree from Reed College where she studied Linguistics and Political Science. Since then Esmeralda has worked in over 15 public/alternative schools in both New York City and Portland, Oregon. In Portland she has led her own alternative educational program with a strong social work lens. Mrs. Herrera has both grown-up and engaged in a diverse set of programming and event management for organizations like Harlem’s Children Zone, AmeriCorps, Reed College’s Office for Institutional Diversity, and Cascade Aids to name a few. She has led, designed, and executed Latino identity, access to education, young girls empowerment, and many more programs for underserved youth. By the means of her programs she has served diverse populations including students of color, LGBTQ students, first-generation students, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, first-generation Americans, and students with disabilities. As a woman of color from Puerto Rican and Guatemalan descent raised by Dominican grandparents, Esmeralda’s upbringing in the Bronx afforded her the opportunity to do life alongside people coming from a wide variety of cultures, poverty levels, lifestyles, religions, and identities which has empowered her various community engagement initiatives both in the Bronx and in Portland. Esmeralda is super excited to be this year’s Princeton in Asia fellow for the China Hub where she hopes to learn Mandarin, continue dancing, and take up some kickboxing!

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