Born and raised in New Jersey, Cassandra Vega is a student at Rutgers University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Latino and Caribbean Studies with a certificate in women’s leadership. As a Lloyd C. Gardner Fellow, she wrote a research paper analyzing Puerto Rico’s history with the US and the current state of the island to determine the shaping of Puerto Rico’s political future. A founding member of the Women’s Pre-Law Society, she helped create a space for gender minorities interested in the legal field, and served on the executive board as co-Membership Chair. Vega spearheaded the creation of the Fellows in Racial Justice Learning Community through her work with the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, providing undergraduate students with the resources to become activists in their academic and professional lives. She was also selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Rutgers Summer Service-DC internship program. Vega is a member of Iota Iota Iota, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor societies for women and gender studies, political science, and liberal arts and sciences, respectively. Off-campus, she has interned at Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman’s District Office, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served as a New Jersey Governor’s Hispanic Fellow. After graduation, she looks forward to attending law school and advocating for marginalized communities as both a lawyer and future elected official.