Andrea

Andrea Photo     Andrea Elizondo

Hometown:  Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico & Houston, Texas

Undergraduate University & Major: 

University of Houston

Double Major in Political Science and Liberal Studies

Double Minor in Values, Law, and Society,  and  Global and International Studies

GCSW Degree Sought:  MSW/MPP

Concentration: Macro

Specializations in Political Social Work and Social Work with Latinos

Anticipated graduation date: May 2018

Classes completed/currently enrolled: 

Fall 2015: Foundation classes

Spring 2016:

Dynamics of Leadership, Multicultural Practice, Advanced Social Policy Analysis, and Assessment.

Fall 2016:

Administrative Theory, Administrative Practice, Fundamental for Policy Analysis, Statistics/Microeconomics, and Drugs in Society.

First field placement:  Communities in Schools – Bay Area in Clear Creek ISD’s Bayside Intermediate School

Second field placement: Austin Legislature Internship Program Spring 2017

Activities and/or Organizations:

  • Hispanic Student Association
  • Policy Insiders Advisory Committee (PIAC)– President Fall 2016
  • Macro Network
  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Education (SVPE) Student Advisory Committee

Scholarships/Funding:

  • Center for Mexican American Studies Graduate Fellowship 2015-2017
  • Hammill Foundation Scholarship 2015-2016
  • George W. Magner Scholarship Fall 2016
  • Master’s in Public Policy Scholarship
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work Spring 2016

Why social work?

I believe I always wanted to do social work except I didn’t know it was called social work. My impression of social work was always just case management but, I had great individuals who educated me about the field of social work.

Since in high school, I was always involved in community service and during my undergraduate years I went on 3 missionary trips in Texas: Arlington, Huntsville, and McAllen. The first time I met a social worker (or that I know of) was at Mission Arlington, which is a faith-based nonprofit that does offers every type of service and outreaches to Arlington and its surrounding cities. The woman who was my supervisor is a social worker and the woman who was running this large organization is also a social worker. From what I remember from that experience, is thinking I want to run a large scale organization like this one day.

There were two pivotal moments in Spring 2015 that lead me to my God-given calling and to my path in social work. This was my last semester as an undergraduate, and one of the electives was “Immigration Politics”. In this class, I had a semester project on identifying a policy problem, analyze the issue, and recommend solutions. I chose to focus on the unaccompanied minors since in 2014 there was a huge wave of them coming from Central America. Instead of just letting this project end that semester, my passion was born. It was in this semester that I found out that I loved doing research especially policy research within the immigration system. Then next event was when I went to McAllen as missionary to serve at a short-term shelter that received women and children that were recently released from immigrant detention centers. Getting to hear their stories, I saw great resilience. It is because of these unaccompanied minors, and these women and children that I am at the GCSW to gain more skills to help them achieve their goals in America. My mission is to make the lives of immigrant youth and families better by establishing sustainable communities with the adequate resources that they need in Harris County and surrounding counties through political advocacy, research, and community development.