Laura Yanez Alvarez is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is an advocate for immigrants, refugees, Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as Second Language (ESL), the LGBTQ and allied students community, and the underrepresented. Laura plans to become an Associate Dean for Student Programs. Advocating for higher education, empowerment, and social justice, Laura wants to create a more just and humane society. Laura received the Walker-Solveson and Washington Regional Scholarships.