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What is CREAR Futuros?

CREAR Futuros, which means “To Create Futures” in Spanish, is a peer-mentor based initiative designed to improve Latino student success at UCF. CREAR (College REadiness, Achievement and Retention) Freshmen/Sophomores will be paired with knowledgeable and highly trained upper-classman UCF Peer-Mentors that will introduce them to campus resources and offer insight on how to make the most out of their UCF experience.

Read the CREAR Futuros Brochure

What are the benefits of joining?

  • Join a National Network of Latinx Leaders
  • Receive 1-on-1 Support from a Peer Mentor
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • A fun, cultural environment!

What are mentee expectations?

  • 1 year commitment
  • Attend monthly virtual trainings
  • Attend biweekly one-on-one Zooms with mentor
  • Participate in monthly webinars
  • Communicate with mentor on a weekly basis

Disclaimer: Face masks are expected at in-person events.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentee for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Apply here by Friday, October 15, 2021.

Questions? Email crearfuturos@ucf.edu.

Learn more about CREAR Futuros:
@crearfuturosucf



Graduate Assistant

Maria Murillo was born in Costa Rica and moved to Florida when she was 9 months old. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and will be continuing at UCF to pursue a Master’s in Higher Education. Maria is a first-generation dreamer and proud daughter of immigrants. She is thrilled to be able to work with the Latinx community at UCF and provide a support system. Maria’s end goal is to work for an institution’s social justice and equity department to ensure the success of all students. In her spare time, she loves to cook, dance bachata and binge watch any tv show.


Crear Futuros 2021-2022 Mentors


Mentor

¡Hola a todos! My name is Aleyssa Arroyo Corchado. I am proud to be a Latina and represent the island of Puerto Rico in UCF. I am an upcoming junior and a Biology major in hopes of becoming a doctor in the near future. I love to dance, sing, read romance novels and watch TV shows/movies. I enjoy going to the beach and spending time with my family. When I moved to Florida, I thought I was going to lose a big part of my culture and customs. I started searching for clubs, associations, and organizations that could help me stay connected with my roots. CREAR? Why CREAR? CREAR has been a very important aspect in my journey as a UCF knight. I loved fact that the organization provides a mentor for each new mentee. In my freshman and sophomore years at UCF, I was a mentee and I am proud to say that in the upcoming school year I will be a mentor. The mentors can help you by giving you tips and resources that encourage you to keep on going forward and adapt to your college life. It is a real honor to be a mentor for our new mentees that joining our CREAR family. Charge On!


Mentor

My name is Alexia Parra Tineo and I am 20-year old Junior at the University of Central Florida. I am a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology: Clinical Psychology Track with a certificate in Criminal Profiling. I am currently the President of Lambda Alpha Epsilon: Pre-Professional Criminal Justice Fraternity at UCF! I was raised in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela and have been living in the United States for close to a decade now. I applied to CREAR Futuros in order to provide the aid, mentorship & friendship any and all Latinx students require! While everyone’s college experience is vastly different, it is imperative that there be someone out there who can be your shoulder to cry on, while also reminding you to keep your grades up. I plan to be that someone and much more!


Mentor

Nacey Fernandez is a Miami native with a Cuban and Puerto Rican background. She’s a junior majoring in Film and minoring in Political Science. Nacey is an avid social activist passionate about leading underrepresented minorities to appreciate the massive potential for growth and change they can bring about, both individually and as a collective group. As an AfroLatinx woman, she is passionate about equality, justice and social reform, and plans to use her platform in the film industry to educate others about the dynamics between different groups of people from different walks of life. Nacey is looking forward to meeting more people within UCF’s diverse student population, especially from the Latinx community.


Mentor

Angely Tolani was born in Panama and moved to Florida in 2017 to pursue her studies in UCF. She’s currently in her last year to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management and minors in Mass Communication and Mass Culture & Collective Behavior. Angely has been involved with multiple different organizations on campus since her freshman year and loves interacting with students. Her first leadership position as an Orientation Team Leader for international students coming through the Global UCF program is what made her love mentorship. She later went to explore more into her career path and served for the Campus Activities Board as a director and UCF Homecoming as a coordinator for two consecutive years, while also holding a position as a UCF Cares Ambassador. In her senior year, she was chosen to be a member of the President’s Leadership Council where she served for a year, and is currently a member of Zeta Phi Eta, a national professional fraternity in communication arts and sciences. She is excited to both represent and work with Latinx community in UCF and provide guidance and support to the Latinx student body. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and making sure all Latinxs have a voice in and outside of the workplace.


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