"I believe in turning adversity into opportunity and being a voice for those who are voiceless. My mission is to improve food insecurity on college campuses and be a trailblazer who advocates for the basic college students."
Junior, Public Health, California State University, Northridge
As a struggling student who spent many nights eating dollar eggs and rice, scraping every grain and yolk from the bowl, Denise knows firsthand how food insecurity hinders academic success. It’s one of the reasons she is a passionate volunteer at the campus garden and food pantry.
As a counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald, she devoted her weekends, summers and holidays to positively affect the lives of children diagnosed with cancer.
As a peer health educator, she collaborated with campus organizations such as Campus Care Advocate and Strength United to develop rape crisis training. She has also led an effort to incorporate sexual health, self- defense and safety training into Greek life, helping educate a community vulnerable to alcohol and substance abuse linked to sexual violence.
Her efforts to mandate sexual violence programs as part of Title IX have improved the health and safety of students.