Rogelio Brambila Jr.

2019 Ray Flores Memorial Award Recipient

Major: Anthropology, Biology, and Latin American Studies
Minor: Chemistry

My biggest supporters are my parents. My parents did not have the privilege to further their education, but they always encouraged me to pursue my educational and career goals. Even if they do not entirely understand how the higher education system works in the U.S., they still have my back.

I am passionate about empowering underserved communities. I spent most of my life trying to hide my Mexican heritage and blend in with everyone else. It was not ubtil college that I realized how my culture and differences are strengths. At the U, I have spent a lot of time volunteering, staying involved with communities of color and underserved communities, which have helped shape my career goals. In the future, I want to work in medicine to serve immigrant families.