Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Fernanda de Souza Pires

fernanda de souza pires

My name is Fernanda and I'm an International Student from Brazil. I'm very excited to work as an Equity Ambassador because I have a passion for different cultures and I really like to help others. I have a major in International Relations, so I believe this is going to be an amazing opportunity to learn more about different cultures and to do what I love. I have an academic goal of pursuing a Master's degree in International Management at Portland State University in Fall 2016.

As an Equity Ambassador, I would like to be the voice for International Students on campus and to be able to work with my team on different opportunities for the students who are far away from their home country. Living outside of Brazil made me grow as a person and it increased my ability to understand others, and especially, what new International Students go through. During my free time I love to read, work out, cook and spend time with my family. Estou ansiona para trabalhar com vocês!

Gaetan-Dauphin Nzowo

Gaetan-Dauphin Nzowo

Bonjour! My name is Gaetan-Dauphin Nzowo. I’m an international student from the Democratic Republic of Congo where I spent 19 years of life eating, breathing, living the pure rhythm of Africa. I fluently speak three languages: French, Lingala and English. I came to the U.S because I would like to be a Civil Engineer and also a leader that my community needs. In order to achieve this goal I had to make a stop at Portland Community College.

My journey at Portland Community College started in fall 2013. I first walked onto the Rock Creek Campus as a Level 7 ESOL student since my proficiency in English was poor. Slowly, I grew as an individual. Passing all my classes and ended up the 2013 academic year with two leadership positions: Vice President of Service of the prestigious honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Director of Sustainability of the Associated Students of PCC, your student government. This year, as I’m moving in my personal and educational growth, I invite you on my 2015-2016 journey. I will be your Equity Ambassador at the Multicultural Center.

I would like to borrow John Maxwell’s quote who said “leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others”. So please talk to me, get to know me and allow me to help and serve you throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. Le leader c’est toi, c’est nous, c’est PCC.

Heidy Gonzalez

heidy gonzalez

My name is Heidy. This will be my first year as a student at PCC. I currently am undecided as to what I want to become. Although I do know that I want to go for something in the medical or teaching field. I first knew about this program because I joined the OLI program as a mentee. I look forward to being a mentor and working with high school students as well as the other mentors. The reason I wanted to become a mentor is because I hope to help other students in getting involved with activities or conferences or events in the community/campus. I also want the students to feel like they can go to college and are able to accomplish big goals and inspire them to become what they hope to become. I am really excited about this program and all the conferences we will have. Thank you for the opportunity.