Ivone Guillen (’09)B.A., International Studies, Spanish
Life is an open journey. It’s up to each of us to decide how much of an impact we want to leave behind."
Title: Immigration Reform Advocate
Location: Washington, D.C.
Since graduating from Gonzaga in 2009, this young woman who was raised in Eastern Washington has already made an impact among the lives of immigrants throughout the United States. She has worked with Bread for the World, a Christian nonprofit that focuses on the root causes of why immigrants leave their home countries to come to the United States. “People do not leave their countries out of pleasure, but rather out of need,” she said. “Immigrants migrate because they live in hunger and poverty in their own countries, and their families’ livelihoods are at risk.”
- Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter member
Ivone recently joined Sojourners, an organization that seeks to discover the intersection between faith, politics and social justice, as the Immigration Campaigns Fellow. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Ivone utilizes her bilingual skills in many ways, as she did at the 1,000 Days Conference held in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, which focused on improving nutrition for mothers and children.
Ivone's focus has included writing about the challenges that immigrants face after they arrive to the U.S. and, more recently, she has begun working on creating a positive and engaging dialogue around the immigration debate. She hopes her work will bring into clarity the reality of immigrants’ challenges in a way that readers will relate to and act upon. “I can share my personal perspective and understanding about working with the Latino immigrant community on an issue that I am passionate about,” she said.