Brenda Benitez

Guest Blogger

Intern, Education Post

Chicago, Illinois

Brenda Benitez is an intern at Education Post. She recently graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she studied public policy with a concentration in psychology.

She is passionate about education and immigration reform. Thanks to scholarships for both high school and college, Brenda had the opportunity to attend high-performing private schools. Her interest in education is born of the realization that too few low-income students have access to this type of education. Furthermore, her own family’s struggle with the immigration system inspired her to be active in the immigration reform movement since a young age.

Brenda is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up in Chicago, Illinois with her 4 brothers and sisters.

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Posted Sep. 7, 2016

Here’s What Schools Can Do to Ensure Every Student Feels Like They Belong

Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I’ve seen many of my friends mourn the loss of a loved…

By Brenda Benitez

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Posted Aug. 5, 2016

How Puppets, Books and Cooking Made a Summer of Learning for My Little Sister

After a nearly hour-long commute home, I walk into the living room and sit down next to my little brother…

By Brenda Benitez

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

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I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

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