Alexandra (Alex) Galván
Associate of College Success & Postsecondary Student Experience
Alex joins the Chicago Scholars team as the Associate of College Success and Postsecondary Student Experience. She is responsible for not only ensuring that students persist and matriculate at their respective colleges, but also that they make the most of it while doing so. As a member of team Lift, she works collaboratively to ensure that students are continuously given the tools to self-advocate. If you are interested in learning more about how you can take advantage of the resources on your campus, reach out to Alex!
As a first-generation, Latina student, Alex experienced first-hand what it’s like to attempt to navigate the college system on your own. As a result of her personal experience, coupled with work experience, she is most interested in learning how she can work to empower students who are systematically marginalized to not only persist in college, but to become leaders thereafter and agents of change.
Alex attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she graduated with a B.S. in Educational Studies and Spanish. Although Alex was able to graduate college a semester early, it did not come easily. Prior to attending the UW-Madison, Alex did not realize that she could apply for funding before being accepted. Because of this, each year was a consistent battle to secure scholarship money. During her senior year, after changing her major for the fourth time, Alex lost a major-specific scholarship and decided to graduate the following semester. While this wasn’t ideal for Alex, this moment was pivotal in solidifying Alex’s passion for helping youth navigate the higher education system.
During her time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alex worked for the PEOPLE Program, a Wisconsin college access and success program. It was through this experience that Alex gained insight into how college access and leadership programs can shape the lives of students. Alex also completed a summer internship during her junior year as an Assistant Advisor in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After college, Alex worked briefly at the University of Chicago’s LAB school as a Development Associate and then moved on to complete a year of service as an AmeriCorps member with Chicago HOPES for Kids. It was here that Alex developed a passion for working with youth experiencing homelessness.
My advice to college students would be don’t be afraid to try new things. I know this sounds so cliché, but clichés are usually true and as humans we tend to hold back just because we are embarrassed. In college, I developed my passion for Hip-Hop dancing – something I would have never thought I would have the guts to try.
Outside of work, I can be found watching Friends, dancing, listening to podcasts (LatinoUSA, This American Life, The Daily Show), or traveling (20 countries and counting!).