MEET THE 2014 LELAND FELLOWS

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Cynthia Milian, Mandy Gordillo, Aide Meza and Victoria Ellington

View the 2014 Leland Fellows Scrapbook.

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Victoria Ellington is a senior at the University of Houston majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy.

Victoria gained government experience as an intern in Congressman John Culberson’s district office through the Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP). She enjoyed playing an integral role in the exchange between constituents and their representative. Victoria has also recently become a Deputy Voter Registrar, which will allow her to assist citizens in registering to vote.   

As a Leland Fellow, Victoria looks forward to gaining in depth experience in the legislation-making process, specifically observing the ethics of passing legislation.  She also wants to observe the relationship between the private and public sectors from the perspective of a congressional office.

Victoria will graduate in the fall of 2014.  After graduation, she seeks to obtain a law degree and possibly a joint MBA-JD at the University of Houston with the long-term goal of working in public service.

Victoria is working in the office of Congressman Pete Olson.

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Mandy Gordillo is a senior in the Honors College at the University of Houston majoring in political science with minors in business administration and Spanish.

Mandy has gained social awareness and experience as an intern for the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services through the Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP). Through this opportunity, she learned the importance of education in low-income communities in the Houston area and the impact it has on society. She has also volunteered for the Harris County Democratic Party during the 2012 presidential campaign and for the Sylvia Garcia campaign. She has helped applicants complete Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) forms and has also volunteered at various events and immigration forums.

Originally from Guatemala, Mandy has called Houston home for the past eleven years.  She is a first generation college student. 

Mandy will graduate in the spring of 2014.  After graduation, she seeks to obtain a law degree focusing on family and immigration law.  With this degree, she intends to pursue a career in community service.

Mandy is working in the office of Congressman Gene Green.

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Aide Meza is a senior Terry Foundation Scholar at the University of Houston pursuing a bachelor of arts in political science with minors in Mexican American studies and global & international studies. She is involved in several organizations on campus, including Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and The Golden Key International Honour Society.  She has also consecutively been on the Dean’s List since fall 2010.    

As a native Houstonian, Aide enjoys giving back to her community through volunteerism in both academic and extracurricular organizations that address the issues of student involvement and higher education. 

As the leadership coach of the H.O.P.E. Collaborative during the fall 2012-spring 2013 school year, Aide served as Scholarship Coordinator and Communications Co-chairman.  In this role, she worked to increase access to higher education among Houston area high school students by providing an opportunity for students to apply for a scholarship funded by H.O.P.E. and its sponsors. 

Aide gained government experience in the district office of State Representative Carol Alvarado through the Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP).  Through Leland Fellows, Aide hopes to gain experience in the federal decision-making process and develop intercommunication skills among constituents by addressing the needs of their community. 

Aide will graduate in the fall of 2013.  After Leland Fellows, she plans to return to Texas and work in state government.

Aide is working in the office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

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Cynthia Milian is a senior in the Honors College at the University of Houston double majors in political science and Spanish. 

Cynthia has gained public service experience interning in the Hobby Center for Public Policy through the Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP) in the office of Congressman Ted Poe. Her desire for public service drove her to take part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, where she researched the representation of women in state legislatures. Her research focused on analyzing the effects of term limits and women’s representation, an area of research that she is passionate about. 

Cynthia has actively been involved in her community by helping permanent residents fill out their citizenship forms, raising awareness on human trafficking and educating immigrants of their rights through a local coalition, and is a youth leader at her church, where she gives her time to help her youth and serves as a worship leader. 

Cynthia will graduate in the spring of 2013. She plans to attend law school with a focus on immigration law, and eventually serve in the US government. 

Cynthia is working in the office of Congressman Ted Poe.