Before attending the University of Washington, I grew up in the small town of Onalaska where the values of compassion, hard work, and family were instilled in me. Moving to Seattle, I was fortunate to find a community full of passionate, like-minded individuals in the Law, Societies, and Justice Department at UW. This community combined with experiences throughout undergrad propelled me towards a future in law.
I grew up in Wenatchee, Washington, a small town situated on the Columbia River three hours from both Spokane and Seattle. A small mountain town in the middle of the state, Wenatchee is a Guinness Book World Record holder for the largest-made apple pie. A driving force throughout my life has been the abundant pride I feel for my home and my desire to serve.
We live in a world where institutions are set up to protect those who already hold the most power. As a future lawyer, I am blessed with the unique opportunity to use my voice to establish structures of support and affect change for our most marginalized communities who spend every day struggling in systems that were not created for them. As a woman of color, I strive to be an accessible and approachable ally.
When I enrolled at Gonzaga University as a freshman, law school was going to be my next step. When I graduated in 2016, law school wasn’t even on my mind. My passion for working with adults with developmental disabilities and marginalized groups that had developed during college pushed me to apply for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and all the way to Atlanta, Georgia to work for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.
Dalia Pedro Trujillo
There are times in all of our lives where we find ourselves at a crossroads, with multiple paths in front of us, unsure of which path to follow. During my time in Wyoming, I found myself at a crossroad, conflicted by the choices before me, and afraid of the choices I had to make.