June 28, 2023

JSI Scholar: Gloria Arizmendiz

Tell us about your story

I grew up in a border town, so I have always been surrounded by two cultures. Even though it’s a privilege to be this close to my Mexican heritage, I also grew up seeing the heavy militarization of the border and injustices in the communities I grew up in. In high school after being inspired by one of my social studies teachers, I decided to get more involved in political issues and found passion in actively contributing to impact-focus change. This ambition to contribute to my communities has led me to meet amazing people that have mentored me along the way, as I am sure the PPIA UW staff will do.

What made you consider a career in public policy/public service/international affairs?

Giving back to the communities that gave me so much.

Who inspires you to think about public service?

My mother and siblings, as they always push me to be the best version of myself.

What are you most excited about the JSI program at UW?

Being around like-minded peers and staff that want to contribute to the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups in public service, but also — experience Seattle in the summer!