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Genesis Sanchez Tavarez

Hometown: Providence

Major: Political Science, Justice Studies & Public Administration

Genesis Sanchez Tavarez is a consummate multi-tasker: She triple-majored in political science, justice studies and public administration and minored in sociology, all while working multiple jobs to pay the bills.

She’s also bilingual. English is her second language, and she cites the language barrier as the greatest obstacle she had to overcome in her studies.

“I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer,” she said. She chose RIC for undergrad because the affordability and value – along with a generous financial aid package – would allow her to go on to law school without much debt.

Once she began her studies at RIC, however, she found much more value than just financial. “I was immediately amazed by the availability of professors and their desire to see you succeed,” she said. “The single most important resource RIC has provided for me is great professors.”

In the fall, Sanchez Tavarez will attend Columbia Law School in New York (she was also admitted to Berkeley and wait-listed at Harvard), and has received a scholarship for incoming law students by the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Director of the Justice Studies Program and Associate Professor of Sociology Jill Harrison described Sanchez Tavarez as “a human rights activist with myriad service and outreach to many marginalized and disenfranchised groups. For example, during spring break, she worked with sex trafficked girls in Mexico.”

Sanchez Tavarez aspires to eventually become a judge.​

Page last updated: May 12, 2017