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ALPFA CHAPTER: SEATTLE STUDENTS

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Students Program

The Student Affairs Committee is responsible for the development and nurturing of student relationships, initiatives, and programs. As a team member, you will be a liaison between the board of directors and the student chapters. Our major goals for 2013/2014 are to expand to new schools and to develop more programming centered around professional development for students.

Student Chapters

UW Students posing for a group picture on the stage at the annual ALPFA Seattle Gala

Visit our student chapter Facebook pages to stay up-to-date on their activities:

Please email vp_studentaffairs@seatltealpfa.org to find out how to get involved with our local student chapters or to get information on how to start one at your college.

ALPFA Success Story

Judith Ortiz

ALPFA Success Story: Judith Ortiz

My first experience at ALPFA was actually with several classmates of mine at Trinity Lutheran College. A group of us wondered if there were any resources out there that would help prepare students of color or other minority backgrounds for careers and positions we wanted to be in. Fortunately one of us came across ALPFA. When we noticed the impact ALPFA had on other’s lives, it was decided that we needed to get involved. Once we were able to get a club up and running, which in a school of 250 students was wildly successful, we were able to expand our network of resources and help others do the same. I know, and will remember my first experience at ALPFA as one which encouraged me to grow, collaborate and think outside the box in order to further my professional journey.

Historically there has been little to no resources out there for minority students- even less for someone who happens to form part of various minority groups- a first generation college student, a woman of color and an immigrant. I come from a household that taught me hard work, determination and grit; we value curiosity, excellence and perseverance. The only lessons missing were those that dealt with spaces my family had never occupied, this is where ALPFA came in. Through professional development courses, workshops and guest speakers I was able to glean information on how to break into, fit into and succeed in professional settings. Some of the most important lessons are those we learn and then make our own- things like a 30 second introduction that captivates an audience, a resume that is both professional and unique and making your presence known. ALPFA teaches us the framework and basics of professionalism while offering space and encouragement for us to build on that with flavors derived from our personalities and cultural backgrounds.

I believe that one of the strongest deterrents to the success of many Latinx students is lack of opportunity. It is evident that systems in this country are not built for people of low socioeconomic backgrounds, people of color, women, etc. because of this, it is difficult to navigate environments not welcoming of us without feeling like one is not adequately prepared and knowing that if an opportunity arises we must be prepared to be the best right there and then or risk losing it forever.

ALPFA takes this space and transforms it into one that offers opportunity and resources for a talented community that may otherwise not have this kind of access. Opportunity is what separates many from achieving their full potentials which is why I value ALPFA’s work so much. By opening this space, ALPFA is doing its part to facilitate and promote growth in our community in ways that are accessible and sustainable for future classes of students and professionals.

ALPFA Seattle Convention Aid Scholarship

ALPFA Seattle is pleased to announce the third annual ALPFA Seattle Convention Aid Scholarship Program.

Through the generous contributions of the ALPFA Seattle professional members, friends and corporate partners, ALFPA Seattle will award scholarships to students to attend the 2014 ALPFA Convention in Orlando, FL from August 2-5, 2014.

Applications will be accepted until May 18, 2014. All applicants will be notified of the results no later than July 1, 2014, and winners are required to contribute $100 toward the cost of the convention package.

Applicants must:
  • Be an ALPFA student member, whose membership dues have been received by ALPFA’s National Office no later than May 18, 2014 (Join now at ALPFA Membership).
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited Idaho, Oregon or Washington state college or university. Graduating seniors are eligible.
Instructions:

Please complete the application form and send a copy of your university transcript through December 2013 and current resume to vp_studentaffairs@seattlealpfa.org. Applications will not be complete until a copy of your transcript and resume is received.

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