Pilar was raised in Wichita, Kansas. She is currently attending Lewis and Clark College, with a double major in International Affairs and World Languages (Spanish and French) and a minor in Latin American Studies. She loves her majors because she is learning about global politics, as well as new cultures. In her spare time, she works closely with Lewis and Clark’s office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME). As the president of the Mixed Race Student Union she facilitates many dialogues about the complexities of being multiracial in our society. In addition, through IME she acts as a mentor to rising freshmen students of color to help navigate the culture shock often faced while attending this predominantly white institution.
As a granddaughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Pilar understands the many obstacles in the way of good people building a life here in the United States. She is excited to be part of the CCRH internship program hosted in Sherwood, and to be supporting the CASA team as they expand programming in financial education throughout Oregon, specifically in resident-owned Manufactured Housing Communities.