Alejandro Vasquez is a third-year Computer Science major at Pomona College, where he works with Diversity Initiatives. He was born in El Salvador, grew up in Ontario, CA, and is a first-generation college student from a low-income household. Throughout high school, he attended a summer program called Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS), in which he took a two-week elective taught in Java.
As a first-year at Pomona College, Alejandro struggled in the introductory courses and felt very isolated within the department. There were very few historically underrepresented students in class and the department in general. Regardless of the difficulty of classes, CS felt very rewarding. This motivated him to encourage students from similar backgrounds to major in CS. Since his second year at Pomona, he became active with Diversity Initiatives in the department and focuses on the recruitment and retention of URM’s in CS.