Hometown: San Mateo, CA
Education: Stanford University – Majors: History, International Relations
Melissa is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants to the Bay Area, California. She went to a bilingual elementary school, and spent most of her childhood reading historical fiction and dancing Ballet Folklórico. She is the first in her family to graduate from college, where she focused her studies on the intersections of migration, race, equity, and gender in US history. She worked at the Centro Chicanx and Latinx for three years, and spent her senior year mentoring students at a high school in San Jose for their history projects. Last year, she worked as an English teaching assistant in Madrid, Spain through the Fulbright program, and led her school’s model United Nations team. This year, she is looking forward to growing as an educator and learning from her fellow BETAs and students.