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Letter of Support for director Elvira Prieto from 2017 Alumna

"Elvira is an institution at the university: for years, she's created open spaces for building community, encouraged open dialogue, and tirelessly championed students..."

My time at Stanford would not have been the same without Elvira Prieto. Elvira is an institution at the university: for years, she's created open spaces for building community, encouraged open dialogue, and tirelessly championed students who are part of El Centro, Casa Zapata, and Comunidad at large. When I first met her, I was a nervous freshman, unsure of my own voice, but Elvira saw my potential. She welcomed me to Stanford and Comunidad with open arms, even encouraging me to apply to be a student staffer at El Centro Chicano y Latino, and so I did. I spent the next three years on her staff. The community I joined, the connections I made, and the confidence I gained as part of Elvira's team made my college experience so much more rewarding and so much happier than I ever thought it could be. That's just what Elvira does — she makes Stanford feel a little warmer, a little safer, and a little bit more like home.

Alejandra Salazar, Class of 2017

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