Cecilia Velasco is a current New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a current New Economy Maryland Fellow.

Cecilia Velasco is a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico (UNM). She graduated Summa Cum Laude with dual degrees in Psychology and Family Studies. Her college experience was enriched through her campus and community involvement. She successfully campaigned with the UNM Dream Team to extend in-state tuition at UNM to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, mentored first year UNM students, registered people to vote and fought alongside students and community to keep college scholarships accessible for vulnerable populations of New Mexico.

Each experience has contributed to her strong interest and passion for social justice, civic engagement and mentorship. As the New Mexico Fellow at IPS, Cecilia hopes to further explore her interest areas of immigration and education policy, while also learning about other human rights issues. She looks forward to acquiring new skills that will equip her to better serve her community in New Mexico.


Why a 100 Woman Pilgrimage for Immigration Reform Matters

The one hundred mile trek was meant to amplify the pope’s message: globalization of migration requires a globalization of charity and cooperation.

Scapegoating Immigrants Isn’t the Answer

Routine traffic stops shouldn’t rip families apart.

Reagan’s Lasting Gift to Immigrant Families

This Mother’s Day, I’m thankful that I didn’t grow up having nightmares about my mom getting deported.

An American Dream Deferred

Thousands of undocumented immigrant students who work hard and play by the rules are being denied the fruits of their labor.

Dreamers Need Not Apply

Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are being shut out of affordable health insurance.

New Mexico Fellow

    Education Policy, Higher Education, Immigration Policy, Immigration Reform