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Israel Ashiagbor

Israel Ashiagbor '20

My name is Israel Ashiagbor and I am an aspiring Sophomore at Colorado College. I am passionate about making a difference in my community, especially in aiding the economically disadvantaged access affordable and quality healthcare. It is with this passion that I want to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, prioritizing the lives of individuals over the quest to be wealthy. Although I have been fortunate to identify my calling of becoming a healthcare provider, I am also a great believer in giving back and this is the reason why I became a Bridge Mentor. Inspiring young adults is a passion a take delight in.

Eden Alemayehu '20eden alemayheu

My name is Eden Alemayehu and I am a first generation Ethiopian American. I have not declared a major yet but am interested in Mathematics, Sociology, and Arabic. I am a part of Globemed and a member of the Black Student Union. During my first year, I tried a lot of new things like dance adjuncts and piano lessons. The Bridge Scholars program has been a huge support system for me. I am looking forward to being there for future scholars and am excited to watch them grow. 

Audriana Alvarado '18

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Audriana Alvarado is a Senior at Colorado College majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. She is proud to be a first-generation college student, born in New Mexico and raised in Colorado Springs. Audriana over the years has been involved in a variety of student clubs like SOMOS and NASU. In her free time you may spot her picking up extra shifts at Tutt Library or at the Preserve.

 Audriana is a returning Bridge Scholars mentor; this is her third year metering.  Bridge has had a huge impact on Audriana's time at CC that is why she is so passionate to continue working with this program. The Bridge Scholars Program is a way to prepare for CC while making friendships and learning about the resources the campus has to offer.  Her goal as a mentor is to guide students to prioritize their health and happiness as well as to encourage all mentees to create their own narratives at CC. Audriana is most excited about bringing diversity and new voice to campus.

Brianna Apodaca '18Brianna

Brianna Apodaca is a senior at Colorado College majoring in Anthropology, on a Pre-Pharmacy track. She was born and raised in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, in the rural community of Alamosa. On campus, Brianna is an active member in SOMOS and NASU. She also works as an intern at The Butler Center and as a Family Room Assistant at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Memorial Hospital.

Coming in as a freshmen, The Bridge Scholars Program has been one of the most influential experiences to her, since being at CC. Her goals as a mentor are to help incoming students find a sense of place, a sense of belonging, and a voice. She wants to be that guide in motivating bridge scholars to reach their full potential at Colorado College.

John Gonzales

John Gonzales '20

John Gonzales is a second-year student at Colorado College with the goal of finishing the year with a major declared.He has so far spent much of his time studying abroad with hopes of going abroad multiple more times through out his time at college. Looking at the year to come, he is excited to be a part of the Bridge Scholars mentor team and hopes to see all the Bridge Scholars succeed in their first year at Colorado College.

Veronica Fernandez-Diaz ' 19Veronica Fernandez-Diaz

Veronica Fernandez-Diaz is a junior majoring in Sociology. She was born in Mexico but grew up in Colorado since she was six years old. She is currently a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. The course "Globalization and Immigration in the US-Mexico Border," where she volunteered at the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, in addition to her personal experience as an immigrant, inspired her passion for immigration work. On campus, Veronica has worked at the Office of Admission as the Outreach and Access Intern. She currently serves as a member of the Honor Council, a member of the CEL Certificate Program, a mentor for the Bridge Scholars Program, and a research assistant with the Sociology Department. In her free time, Veronica loves watching spoken word and listening to music.

This is Veronica's second year mentoring. Being a mentor has been one of her most rewarding experiences during her time at CC. She appreciates that she was able to see students grow. Despite the challenges of mentoring while being a student, her mentees made every moment worth it. Veronica is excited to see the students embrace who they are and be unapologetically themselves on this campus.

Ally Fripp ' 18 Ally                                                                                        

Born and raised in South Carolina, Ally came to Colorado College through the QuestBridge program. After a positively impactful experience in the Bridge program her freshman year, she has continued through CC as a Psychology major. She plans to become a clinician to promote and provide mental health services to communities of color.  

Cristina Garcia '19


Cristina Garcia is a Junior at Colorado College double majoring in Religion and Southwest studies. She is a first generation student born in the San Luis valley and participated in Bridge her Freshman Year. She has been involved in a variety of clubs since attending CC, but can be found at the library as well.This is Cristina’s first year mentoring Bridge, but she is mentoring because she wants to give back to her community. Over the summer she was a mentor for high school students from her home town. That experience made her realize how crucial it is to have someone that can be there for you.

Rachel Hyppolite '18Rachel Hyppolite

Rachel Hyppolite is a Haitian American student who studies neuroscience and minors in music. She plays piano, writes songs, and sings. She is involved in various activities on campus such as Ellement, Waves of Being Dance Collective, and Intervarsity Bible Study. She also works in the library. For her, the Bridge Scholars Program means community and belonging. Her goal as a returning mentor is to grow and help others grow. She is excited for another year of mentoring.

Tia Phillip '18


Tia is a senior English/film track major and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies minor. Outside of the Bridge Scholars Program, Tia can be found working at the Tutt Library Circulation desk; serving on the Presidents Council; guiding sophomore students in the SAIL Program; and actively supporting artists of color through her student group AMUN. In her spare time, Tia enjoys napping, watching/critiquing movies, and petting every dog in sight.