Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Maria Aranibar

2021 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Maria Aranibar is a first generation college student and a proud Peruvian immigrant. They are a junior with a double major in International Global Studies and Sociology, with a double minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Social Justice Social Policy. At Brandeis, Maria is the General Meetings Coordinator for the Women Of Color Alliance and a second year Community Advisor for the Department of Community Living. They are also involved with Brandeis Mutual Aid, which is dedicated to serving BIPOC on campus by redistributing aid. They have worked as a Teaching Fellow for Breakthrough Cincinnati in the summer of 2019 and taught Social Studies and Advanced Spanish. Maria also interned with REACH Beyond Domestic Violence this past summer, where they translated documents, worked with survivors, and ran a Backpack Drive for the families REACH serves. That same summer, Maria worked for the Race Equity and Education Lab as a Research Analyst, coding surveys done by parents on how COVID-19 Boston Public School closures affected their schooling experience. Being a bilingual person of color, Maria has been able to do important and personal work for their communities in redistributing resources and providing aid. Maria was raised in Ohio and has been a Boston local for 7 years now. Maria has moved around a lot, which has reminded them to remember their roots and to thank those who have come before that have contributed to social justice. Maria is excited to focus on issues related to immigration, domestic violence, education, language equity, or the LGBTQ+ community.