Vanessa Gutierrez-Maya (BR ’20) is a Global Affairs major originally from Los Angeles, California. She is interested in studying how the development of culturally responsive health policy can improve access to health care in immigrant and refugee communities, an interest which stems from her observations of the interactions between immigrants and health systems in the communities she grew up in. This past summer, Vanessa interned with Alliance for a Better Community, a non-profit organization that advocates for Latinos in Los Angeles, and became passionate about community engagement and advocacy. Through the course of her studies as a Global Health Scholar, she also hopes to learn how to utilize community advocacy and education as tools to empower and protect the health of immigrants and refugees who have experienced trauma from violence and poverty. At Yale, she is actively involved with Community Health Educators, MEChA de Yale, and the Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program.