2021 Hoya Saxa Weekend Planning Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

Sherley Muscade C’21

Sherley is a senior in the College majoring in English with a double minor in African-American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She’s from all over Massachusetts, currently living in Boston, and thinks East Coast is Beast Coast. She has had the honor of serving on the Hoya Saxa Weekend Planning Committee all four years at Georgetown and has loved every minute of it! She is a member of the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP), Community Scholars Program (CSP) and would love to talk to anyone who has been invited! She has also been involved with DC Reads, the B.R.A.V.E. Summit (which celebrates Black womxn at Georgetown and across the DMV, and the Yale Black Solidarity Conference. She is an Ariana Grande and Beyoncé stan and would love to connect with those who have similar superior music taste. HSW changed her life and she is excited to virtually connect with you all!

Saham Ali C’21

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Saham Ali (she/her) is a senior in the college majoring in Biology of Global. She calls Northern Virginia home. On campus you find her always running around with a cup of coffee/tea. On campus other than Hoya Saxa weekend she is/was involved in Campus Ministry, Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE), Alternative Breaks Program, ESCAPE and Georgetown Minority Association of Pre-health Students. Saham attended her Hoya Saxa Weekend in 2017 and so excited to spend her last semester as Co-chair for the committee.

Events Coordinators

Natalie Isé SFS’ 22

Natalie Isé is a junior in the SFS with a major in International Politics (International Security Concentration) and a minor in Italian (ciao). She was born and raised in sunny Tampa, Florida (go lightning! go rays!) and can’t wait to talk all things Bad Bunny and astrology/tarot with y’all. Natalie attended Hoya Saxa Weekend 2018, she served as a Diaspora Co-Coordinator on the Hoya Saxa Weekend Planning Committee for 2019 and 2020, and she is now an Events Co-Coordinator for 2021. Outside of HSW, Natalie has been involved with the Center for Social Justice Advisory Board for Student Organizations (CSJ ABSO) and The Hoya (Photography) on campus. She is super excited to meet everyone and hopes y’all enjoy your HSW as much as she did!

Kevin Villafranca MSB’ 23

Kevin is a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business and majors in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Education , Inquiry, and Justice. He is a part of both the Community Scholar Program and the Georgetown Scholars Program. Kevin was born in Brownsville, Tx which is a small city alongside the border between Mexico and Texas. At Georgetown, Kevin is involved in DC Schools Project which is a tutoring program serving the immigrant community in D.C. He is also is involved in Hoyas for Immigrant Right club as the CFO and more recently has been working on a club to establish a minority-owned investment fund and help students of color learn more about the financial planning career avenue. On his free time he plays basketball and enjoys working out. He looks forward to meeting you very soon!

Paula Guera C’ 23

Paula Guerra is a second-year at Georgetown pursuing a major in Government. Fun facts about her, she is from Orange County, CA, she loves to spontaneously do outdoor activities like hiking or shopping, and she is a big fan of Chipotle burritos, chicken steamed dumplings and pad thai. Paula is a proud member of the Community Scholars Program. Outside of Georgetown, she interns for Immigrant Food (gastro-advocacy restaurant in DC). Paula is excited to be a part of the HSW committee, where she looks forward to giving prospective students a unique glimpse of Georgetown from a FGLI-student perspective.

Logistics Coordinators

Sanjuana Castorena Mares NHS’ 21

Sanjuana is a senior in the School of Nursing and Health Science majoring in Healthcare Management and Policy with a concentration in policy. She is a low income and first generation student. Sanjuana is also a Community Scholar and is a member of the Georgetown Scholars Program. Sanjuana has served on the committee as Co-Chair for two years and one year as one of the publicity co-coordinator. She is happy to be back on the committee for the final year. Some of Sanjuana’s favorite things include cookies and cream ice cream, birria tacos, the ANTI album by Rihanna and skincare. She is super excited to meet prospective students and making them feel at home on the Hilltop, HOYA SAXA!!

Jennifer Meza MSB ’21

Jennifer Meza is a senior in the McDonough School of Business majoring in Operations & Information Management. Her pronouns are she/her/hers, and she is a first generation, low-income student born in DC, currently residing in Maryland, but will forever call Peru her home. She is a proud member of the Georgetown Scholars Program and is heavily involved in various mentorship programs in and out of campus to strengthen her skills towards one day building a non-profit, scholarship organization in Peru to support students who want to attend college in any way possible. She enjoys making connections with people, meditating, sculpting, and watching the full Moon whenever she gets the chance. She’s super excited to meet all you!

Karen Mimbrera C’ 23

Karen Mimbrera is from Minneapolis, MN (repping the midwest!). She is a sophomore in the College, undeclared but thinking of majoring in Government with a Justice and Peace Studies minor. She uses she/her pronouns. So far, one of her favorite adventures at Georgetown has been going on late-night Target runs with friends and treating themselves to pupusas! She would want HSW attendees to know that they should explore beyond the Georgetown neighborhood and explore the rest of DC and the DMV area once the pandemic is over. She highly recommends pupusas at Ercilias!

Publicity Coordinators

Anahi Figueroa C’21

Anahi is a senior in the College studying Computer Science and Sociology. She grew up in Commerce City, Colorado. She is also a first-generation and low-income undocumented student. At Georgetown, you can find her listening to music and watching Star Wars non-stop. She loves to draw and anything art-related. She has been part of Hoyas For Immigrants Rights, the Hoya Saxa Weekend Planning Committee, the Multicultural Graduations Planning Committee, and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for the Labor and Working Poor. She is very excited to meet prospective Georgetown students, although virtually, she looks forward to making it the best experience for them.

Arisaid Gonzalez C’21

Arisaid is a Senior in the College majoring in American Studies. She was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and grew up in Mesa, Arizona. She is currently a ~virtual~ resident of Casa Latina, a Baker Scholar, and FOCI Leader– in addition to being part of the HSW committee. Throughout her first few years, she led Hoyas for Immigrant Rights and is now working for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Arisaid’s hobbies include reading young adult books, Starbucks coffee, and binge-watching shows (always looking for recommendations)! She is super excited to welcome the new class of potential Hoyas!

Thais Rodriguez SFS’21

Thais Rodriguez is a senior in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) studying Culture and Politics with a theme in Immigration. She grew up in Pomona, California where her love for social justice and politics emerged from student walkouts, protests, and extensive board meetings with the Pomona Council and the PUSD district. At Georgetown, Thais is a current Alternative Break Program Kino Border Immersion Co-leader and the Publicity coordinator for Hoya Saxa Weekend. She was formally a Program Coordinator for the D.C. Schools Project. Thais is mostly focused on the ties between gender, migration, and law through her work with local DMV detention centers and migrant justice community efforts.

Outreach Coordinators

Allemai Dagnatchew SFS’22

Allemai is a junior in the School of Foreign Service from Towson, MD majoring in International Politics with a minor in French and certificate in African Studies. She previously served on the Black Student Alliance board and is currently a member of Georgetown’s Mock Trial team as well as a student intern at our Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. Some of her favorite things are embroidery, TikTok, all things astrology, and of course Hoya Saxa Weekend!

Christina Ruder SFS’23

Christina is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Global Business with a minor in Spanish. She was born and raised outside of Dallas, Texas. She is a low-income, biracial Ethiopian-American. She is also a member of the Georgetown Scholars Program. Outside of Hoya Saxa Weekend, Christina works on Campus Ministry’s hospitality team, serves as the Student Workers Policy Chair for the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA), and participates as a body member of several other clubs on campus. She is also a proud dog mom of an adorable Golden Retriever. She loves sushi, Malcolm in the Middle, and exploring DC. She is so excited to get to as many of you as possible!

Aiai Price-Smith C’24

Aiai (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a freshman in the College currently majoring in Biology and minoring in Disability Studies on the pre-health track, with the possibility of a Chinese minor. She identifies as a Chinese American first-generation/low-income student adoptee from Fujian, China. Aiai was adopted after living in China for 18 months and moved to Arizona. She went to BASIS Phoenix from fifth grade to twelfth grade but ended up committing to Georgetown University after attending her 2020 virtual Hoya Saxa Weekend. Aiai has never been to DC or the east coast, but she is excited to eventually make it to campus and go sightseeing and to meet people in person when it is safe. Although never having been to campus, the community from the Hoya Saxa Weekend convinced her that Georgetown would be a great place, and she has since made many friends and joined communities at Georgetown such as Georgetown’s Asian American Student Association (AASA) and Georgetown Chinese Student Alliance (CSA) as well as being a freshman representative for Georgetown University Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (GUMAPS), to name a few. She is excited to meet the next group of possible Hoyas!