Who Are The Walkers

Felipe moved to Miami at the age of fourteen. In 2006 he was admitted to Miami Dade Honors College, where he served as President of the Student Government Association and as student representative to the college-wide Board of Trustees, a position that he used extensively to advocate for legislation to support immigrant access to college. In 2007 he became an S.W.E.R. core leader and began advocating for immigrant rights with the support of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) where he serves on the Board of Directors. In 2008 he was nominated to the All-USA academic team and became a new century scholar. Felipe’s dream is to become a teacher to educate and challenge the youth in order to open their minds so they can reach beyond their abilities. He walks to fight for others so they have the opportunity to achieve what he has accomplished. In essence, Felipe stands for love, peace, and justice.

 Gaby moved to Miami at the age of seven. Gaby holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music Education, and an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education, as well as a BA in Exceptional Education Degree K-12 from Miami Dade College. She was the Student Government Association President at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College and the Florida Junior Community Colleges Student Government Association President in 2005-2006, representing 1.1 million students throughout Florida. Since 2003, she has been an advocate for the DREAM Act and in-state tuition and was one of the founding members of S.W.E.R. Gaby is a woman that would give the clothes on her back to help someone who needs it more. She walks for all the children without a voice and is willing to sacrifice herself to pave the way for their future because she believes in the power of love. She also believes that “the meltdown of our society will not start with global warming rather with intellectual freezing,” and she “can’t understand why we continue to detain young vibrant students when we know that we only live once and the future depends on the youth.”  She walks because in her heart she knows that faith without action is dead!

Juan moved to Miami at the age of six. Upon graduating with top ranking grades in high school he joined S.W.E.R. and FLIC and became active in local and statewide campaigns. He helped to organize leaders at college campuses, interned with the coalition, and was hired as a part-time youth organizer. Currently, Juan works at FLIC and is an SWER core leader. He is the current Student Government Association President at the Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus, and a student at the Honors College. Juan is one of the brilliant minds of today that uses his gift not for his own benefit but for the greater good of mankind.

Carlos moved to Miami at the age of two. Carlos graduated in 2005 from Braddock Senior High school with aspirations of becoming an Architectural Engineer. In 2007 he decided to seek out help and wrote a letter to the New York Times. Impressed by his drive, journalist Julia Preston wrote an article about his story. He joined S.W.E.R. in 2007 and became an advocate for immigrant rights. He attends Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, and is now a core leader of his local S.W.E.R. chapter. Carlos is a man of great stature who always stands up for what he believes in. He walks to be the voice for the voiceless and will go to great heights to let others be heard through him.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *