Valentina Marina Velasquez

Bachelor of Arts

Ethnic Studies & Spanish: Hispanic Cultural Studies




Magna Cum Laude
Dante Award
Sin Fronteras Award


Watsonville, California

Award Bio

Valentina Marina Velasquez is from Watsonville, Calif., and she is a double major in Ethnic Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Sociology. She works for the Intercultural Center as a Student Leader Initiating Diversity Education (SLIDEr). Valentina is also a member of various clubs, including the Saint Mary’s Honors Program, La Hermandad, and Ballet Folklórico Guadalupano.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were

Everyone who supported me during my academic journey, from my preschool teachers to my college professors, thank you. Thank you to my SMC friends, who pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. A HUGE thanks to my family, who constantly show me love and support. Thanks to my family, and mis antepasados, for all their hard work and sacrifices to get me where I am today! I love you all!

My favorite SMC memory is

I have quite a few favorite SMC memories, and it’s hard to choose one! Some that come to mind are performing for Our Lady of Guadalupe, participating in Latinx Cultural Nights, experiencing MICAH, and traveling to Mexico for Janterm. Other memories are movie nights with friends, all our times at late-night during our first year in college, and our hikes up to the cross.

I'm looking forward to most

After graduation, I look forward to what the next chapter in my life holds. I hope that in whatever I decide to do, I can further be involved in my Watsonville community, and give back in any way I can!
“Stand up for what you believe in even if you stand alone”
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