Walker’s Legacy Profiles recognize unique women of color in business who embody the legacy of Madame C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire. In this installment, meet Alejandrina Guzman.
In light of Women’s History Month, I would like to highlight a Latina student at the University of Texas at Austin, Alejandrina Guzman. Guzman took a step of faith and decided to run for President of our student body at the University of Texas-Austin. She is currently a senior Government and Mexican American Studies major in the Liberal Arts Honors program. She is very involved on campus and serves in many leadership roles. Guzman is an Agency Director for Latino Community in the Multicultural Engagement Center, a member of Orange Jackets, Friars Society, League of United Latin American Citizens, and a Disabilities and Inclusion Agency Director for Student Government.
Guzman is very passionate about the University and wants to, “uplift people and help them understand that their struggles are valid, their passions are important, and that they are not alone.”
Although she has had to learn to navigate campus through various situations, ranging from accessibility to being a woman of color, it has guided her in advocating for the various individuals that may feel unheard.
Guzman continues to strive to empower those around her, guiding students in realizing their insurmountable worth.
On Thursday, March 9th, Guzman made history at the University of Texas at Austin being elected as the first disabled Latina President. The vision of the campaign was “Lets Rally” alongside her Vice President candidate Micky Wolf who is a junior Plan II and Business Honors major at UT. “Let’s Rally” became their slogan for their campaign, which stood for Representing All Longhorns Like You. They wanted to create an inclusive environment to bring together the student body for a common action. They created a six-point platform for their campaign that consisted of uniting the UT community, providing accessibility for students with disabilities, addressing sexual assault, making an affordable university, integrating service and collaborating to enhance student body spirit and tradition within the university. Alejandrina truly embodies what it means to be a
They created a six-point platform for their campaign that consisted of uniting the UT community, providing accessibility for students with disabilities, addressing sexual assault, making an affordable university, integrating service and collaborating to enhance student body spirit and tradition within the university. Alejandrina truly embodies what it means to be a servant-leader on our campus and I know that many of her classmates can attest to this. Cameron Maxwell, one of three campaign managers and a junior Business major at UT, is one of them. During an interview with Maxwell, he told me how he was one of the first people to know about the campaign and he knew immediately when he received the call from Alejandrina that he would do everything in his power to help her make history. Not only because of the historical value of her campaign because of who she is. Maxwell stated how,
“Alejandrina is without a doubt one the most charismatic, happy, and affable people I know. Whenever she’s in a room you’ll know she’s there because of her signature laugh and ability to engage with anyone.”
The campaign brought me together with so many people I never would have met otherwise. Our team was diverse and brought so many perspectives on different issues. People who I had not met before October are now life-long friends who I will always keep in touch with.”
Guzman gives a great amount of credit for her success to her team. She stated that “It’s still surreal to say that we did it. When I think about us winning, I think of my communities and how they will be represented in such a constricted space. When I think about us winning, I think of the many positive impacts we will be able to be a part of. When I think about us winning, I think of all the people who came before me and have paved the way for us; and I think of those who will come after me, ready to continue the legacy of empowering students. I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity to uplift communities across campus and have a platform to advocate for underrepresented communities. Although I have mentioned this already – none of this would have been possible without the most encouraging, hardworking, empowering, and wonderful team.”