Kimberly Fernandez Pedraza
Hi! My name is Kimberly Fernandez and I am a current senior at Santa Clara University majoring in Ethnic Studies & Art History. With my majors, I hope to one day highlight the artworks of nonwhite artists and bring a platform where they can be praised to the same height as the New York School artists. I was born and raised in Napa, CA with an immigrant single mother. As a child of a parent who lacked formal education, education and pursuing a college degree were always emphasized to me from a young age. My three siblings and I have all been very fortunate to currently be enrolled in higher education and we attribute our success to the hard work our mom taught us. As someone who has always had a desire to motivate students the same way my mom motivated me, I decided to apply for Elevate. Elevate has shown me ways to further develop my tutoring skills to efficiently work for the student, however, it has also allowed me to form impactful connections with students who share my background. Through this program, I can give back to a community that I have always wanted to help in and form relationships with students who also shared my struggle.