El Futuro Scholarship: First-Generation College Student Wants to Impact Region’s Mental Health Care for Hispanic & Latino Community
“My journey is not solely about my own aspirations; it’s about channeling my experiences, my education, and my voice to spotlight the struggles of the marginalized and to work tirelessly towards a more equitable and compassionate world,” says Sanchez. “In the realm of mental health, it is my fervent belief that every person, regardless of their background, deserves the opportunity to attain well-being and resilience, and I am committed to being a catalyst for change in achieving this vision.”
In addition to his studies, Sanchez volunteers at Clínica Tepati – an undergraduate and medical student-run clinic that offers free medical services to the undocumented Latino community in the Sacramento region. At the clinic, students get first-hand experience of the day-to-day operations of the healthcare system – from receptionists and lab technicians, to educators and mental health advocates, and more.
“Clínica Tepati holds deep personal significance to me as it represents a beacon of hope, compassion, and resilience for underserved communities. It reminds me of the transformative impact that can be achieved when individuals come together to uplift one another. It fuels my own passion for healthcare equity and reinforces the belief that change is possible, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.”
Sanchez draws on his personal experience and the culture he was raised in to grow and make a difference in the community. He has also added a minor in Chicano Studies to better understand the diverse history of his Mexican heritage and all cultures that are encapsulated in the Hispanic and Latino communities.