Mayra Pelagio

Position: Higher Education Fellow


Mayra immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 2009. She is the eldest of six children and helps her mother by supporting her family financially and emotionally.

Mayra is currently pursuing environmental studies at San Jose State University. She chose this major after seeing a huge disconnect between the immigrant community and nature. She hopes to obtain a Ph.D. and become a professor in the future.

Mayra finds joy in her siblings and community. She is a member of PASOS, which is a group based in Sacred Heart Community Service that is run by immigrant community members who care about protecting the undocumented community. Through the Higher Education Fellowship, she looks forward to getting experience in data analysis, presenting data to the general public, and learning about resources for undocumented students in higher education.