Featured Alumni: Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez

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Originally from the Dominican Republic and raised in the United States, Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez is a passionate scholar and advocate. As a DACA beneficiary, his commitment to immigrant rights is rooted in his experience living undocumented. After graduating from Amherst College in 2014, Gonzalez mobilized unlikely voters in Illinois before drafting federal policy at the U.S. House of Representatives and resettling refugees at Church World Service, one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. He helped organize the first statewide gathering of immigrant youth in Pennsylvania and led advocacy efforts for the Pennsylvania DREAM Act. Additionally, he has written in the New York Times, The Conversation, Mitú and others on immigration and Latino affairs. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. Currently, he is the Statewide Capacity Building Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC), a diverse coalition of over 50 member organizations advocating for immigrant rights. Gonzalez also serves on the Youth Panel of the International Commission on Financing Global Education, the board of the Feakins Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, the commonwealth’s leading advocacy body for its one million Latino residents. His story was featured in a CNBC documentary.

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