Welcome our new summer interns!

Clockwise from Top Left: Jasmynne Flores, Alicia Guerrero, Anna Beaver & Valerie Murillo

Grassroots Leadership is very excited to welcome (4) new women to our team as part of the Summer ‘17 intern program! We are so excited to have them! 

Grassroots Leadership is pleased to welcome Jasmynne Flores to our team this summer. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Jasmynne is currently an undergraduate student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Forensic Psychology. In addition to her studies, she is also involved in several organizations that advocate for social change, multicultural engagement, and the advancement of people of color. Such organizations include: Delta Xi Nu, a multicultural sorority committed to promoting diversity and cultural awareness; Women of Gold, an organization that provides a safe place for women of all backgrounds to share personal stories and to encourage self-care; Equality University, a student- and faculty-led committee that strives to educate other fellow students on diversity and inclusion in a global society; and the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council (USAC), a coalition of student organizations underrepresented in higher education that seek equal opportunity initiatives for all students regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disabilities. An aspiring social justice activist and community engagement leader, Jasmynne is excited to begin her journey at Grassroots leadership as a part of the Texas Advocates for Justice team to learn all the ways in which we can collectively put an end to the criminalization of marginalized people and to the privatization of prisons and immigration detention centers throughout the nation.

Alicia Guerrero is a native Austinite and the daughter of two immigrants from Mexico. She is a former high school art teacher and a current master’s student in the Educational Policy and Planning program at the University of Texas. She is also a graduate research assistant for the Latino Research Initiative at UT. Alicia has a deep passion for the arts, education, and immigrants’ rights. Currently, she is a member of a local grassroots organization that has been advocating for ethnic studies and a better bilingual program for AISD. Joining Grassroots Leadership as an intern for La Linea de Defensa Comunitaria, Alicia hopes to strengthen her ties with the immigrant community while at the same time learning valuable lessons alongside passionate advocates. When Alicia is not piled with school work, she loves to spend her time creating art, camping, and spending time with her dog, Tito.

Valerie Murillo is the new Detention Advocacy Support Intern for the summer. Valerie is currently in the Master’s of Social Work program at Texas State University, and plans to graduate August 2017. Valerie’s previous work experience includes working with low-income families in the public housing sector. Her desire to expand her knowledge and skills within the immigration and criminal justice area combined with her first-generation immigration status led her to Grassroots Leadership. During Valerie’s time with us she will be supporting Detention and Volunteer related activities. Valerie has grown up in the Central Texas Hill Country area. She enjoys the outdoors,playing sports, and being with family, including the furry four legged members.

Anna Beaver is a recent graduate of Southwestern University with degrees in Anthropology and Latin American and Border Studies. She is fluent in Spanish and Hungarian, and comes from a home of cooking, music, and many animals. She joined the Hutto Visitation Program in the fall of 2015 and began visiting women incarcerated at Hutto, providing friendship and a listening ear, and helping them access resources and navigate the immigration system. She also served as an experienced visitor accompanying new volunteers and guiding them through the visitation process both individually and in small groups. Anna is thrilled to officially be part of the Grassroots team this summer as our Hutto Visitation Intern, which entails assisting with new volunteer training, leading group visits and mentoring new volunteers, helping volunteers connect their amigas with resources, promoting and supporting Grassroots events and extending our volunteer network, as well as organizing support programs for women who have been released from detention.

We are looking forward to a wonderful summer together!