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Elisa Rodriguez Mejia, Community Advocate.Elisa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Minot State University. Elisa was born and raised in Mèxico. Elisa is in tandem with the struggles of the immigrant community, for she is a first-generation immigrant herself. She moved to Montrose Colorado in the late 1990’s. Her primary role with Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP) is to be a Community Advocate and provide Sexual Awareness and Prevention Against Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking awareness and preventative measures. Elisa and her husband volunteered for HAP from 2006 to 2012. They were active members and key leaders who helped HAP find success in the project’s early stages. They moved to North Dakota for five years and now have returned to Montrose, a place they call home. During Elisa’s time in North Dakota she had the privilege of meeting, working, and studying about the Native American population. She learned about their culture, values, customs, and centuries of struggles. In 2016, Elisa was elected President of the Native American Club (NAC) at Minot State University. Elisa helped the NAC club organize the annual Powwow and volunteered numerous hours. She also helped recruit and organize other Native American events at Minot State University. During her time in North Dakota she visited Standing Rock and witnessed the oppression, prejudice, and racism towards those who were here prior to any other people. While in North Dakota, she volunteered for Saint Leo’s, a local church serving hot meals to less fortunate people. Elisa volunteered for several months for the Minot Domestic Violence Crisis Center/Shelter and became aware of the physical, psychological, emotional, and social impacts and distress that battered women endure and their children. One of her goals is to create awareness and preventive measures to end with the domestic violence culture.Elisa also volunteered for North Dakota Center for People with Disabilities (NDCPD) for two years and for the Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee (CDAC). One of the main focuses of this group is to communicate and understand the multiple diverse groups with disabilities and how as a diversity group we could contribute to teaching about other cultures, customs and different ways of understanding disabilities. Elisa fell in love with the work HAP does and decided to pursue a degree in Social Work. Elisa is excited to be able to apply the concepts and theories of social work to her work in several areas including, policy, communications, and human relations, just to name a few. Elisa is passionate about social justice, civil rights and human rights for all especially for underserved communities.