Born and raised in South Texas, Fernando Reyes grew up where Latin America and the United States collide and mix. Growing up in a transborder culture gave Fernando the ability to interact in both sides of the Rio Grande. At Southwestern University, Fernando graduated with a B.A. in History in May 2010. In May 2012, he went on to complete a M.A. degree in Latin American Studies at Tulane. His academic focuses and interactions with the Latino communities in Georgetown, TX and New Orleans, LA fueled his desire to give back to the Latino community in the United States. During his first year as an Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA at the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana, Inc. (LFCL), Fernando learned just how marginalized and disenfranchised the Latino community is in the Greater New Orleans area. He also learned that non-profits can enter into periods of chaos and uncertainty, but in these times people are called out to give more than a 100% of their strength and willpower to keep on fighting for what’s right. Now at the beginning of his second year with the LFCL, Fernando is able and ready to help his organization move forward and complete its intended goals and mission. He also hopes that these two years will help him give back more than he ever could to his beloved South Texas.
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