Recap from 2019 Fellowship Kickoff Retreat

On July 11-13, we brought together our new High School Engagement, Immigration Law, Higher Education, and Entrepreneurship Fellows for a three-day leadership retreat packed with professional and personal development workshops. It was an opportunity for our new fellows, who come from 13 different cities across the country, to build community with staff and past fellows. We’re thrilled to welcome these fellows into our Immigrants Rising family, and to continue developing their leadership throughout the year. Together, we will expand access and opportunity for undocumented young people nationwide!


“I can already feel that this fellowship will be life-changing and transformative for me. I loved meeting all of the staff and other fellows and hearing the diverse stories and qualities we each bring to this organization. I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of such an amazing, warm, and genuinely welcoming group of people.” Carolina Lopez, Immigration Law Fellow

“I am very grateful to be in this space. It’s a great balance of self growth, advocacy, and hustle. I appreciate the network, approach, and resources. The fellowship seems very exciting and impactful, and I am glad to be part of it. I look forward to growing and connect more with others” Boonyarit Daraphant, Entrepreneurship Fellow

“I’m bringing back with me a renewed sense of community and confidence–that we are all working for the mutual benefit of our immigrant community in whichever part of the country we might be in.” Norma Castaneda, Entrepreneurship Fellow

“I love how instantly connected I felt with all the people here. I felt so well-connected and welcome.” Ricardo Sanchez, High School Engagement Fellow

“I feel much more confident about myself than I did before the retreat. I’m proud to be able to do the work I will be doing and more open to sharing my story” Hazel Piñon, High School Engagement Fellow


During the Alumni Panel at the retreat, past fellows talked about how being part of Immigrants Rising has enabled them to grow and be themselves. Listen to conversation below.