Hometown: New York, NY
Education: Psychology, University of Tampa
Darlene grew up in a Dominican household where she learned the importance of unity and family. She has always found a love for mentoring and caring for people, as she is the eldest of four siblings. Besides her passion for helping others, she loves the arts—especially painting, reading, and writing, in which she was encouraged by the works of her mother and aunt. Throughout her high school and college years, Darlene has volunteered and worked at a community bookstore, a girls’ youth program, and a karate after-school program in Washington Heights. In college, she joined the Omega Alpha Pi International Sorority Inc., whose motto is to spread love and equality for all life. Darlene is excited to be a BETA because she feels that she can positively impact the lives of her peers and students of color who grow up in inner-city neighborhoods just like hers. She believes in empowerment through shared experience. She wants to inspire and uplift students, and she is passionate about helping them find their voice. In this program, she hopes to acquire mentoring and teaching skills that will be helpful in her career in counseling.