Desirae Sarabia is currently a senior studying to achieve her B.A. at Metropolitan StateCollege of Denver with a Chicana/o Studies Major and a Social Work Minor.Desirae is married with two daughters. She is a Colorado native but enjoys travel.She also enjoys engagement with her community and has volunteered with variousorganizations including District 27J, Chicano Arts and Humanities Council, City ofThornton and many others. Desirae had spent her early career in the corporatefield gaining skills in Finance and Accounting but found purpose in the non-profitsector while working at First Nations Development Institute, a Native non-profit locatedin Longmont, Colorado dealing with economic development in Native communities.She held various positions in the organization, from Office Manager to Finance/ ExecutiveAssistant focusing on accounting, human resources, and benefits. Later she was able togain the position of Programs Associate forthe Non-profit Capacity Building Departmentproviding support on two grants, Health and Human Services,Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) as well as a grant from the Departmentof Justice Office of Violence Against Women providing non-profit capacity building tovarious coalitions and other native non-profit organizations. While returning to Metroto finish her degree, and following the advice of Dr. Ramon Del Castillo, Desirae wasled to a program called Journey Through Our Heritage (JTOH). JTOH is a mentor program that teams up college and high school students in a year long endeavor building confidence and providing leadership skills that motivate students to finish high school and pursue highereducation. Under the leadership of Dr. Renee Fajardo, she is learning leadership skills.With these skills, she leads her students by example. Desirae shows them how to become productive, active members of their community all while celebrating their indigenous culture. As a mentor to the students at Brighton High School, she is excited to shareabout her culture and help her students find the motivation and powerwithin themselves to do anything they want to do. Desirae has alsoassumed the role of treasurer with the JTOH Student Organization and is aparticipant in the Center for Urban Connections, AmeriCorps and 1 Book/1 Project/ 2 transform programs. She is looking forward to making the bestof her undergraduate experience as she collaborates withothers who share in her passion to make a positive impact in their communities.