Julianna is a senior in the University Honors College of Portland State University in Oregon majoring in international studies and minoring in Spanish. She writes for PSU’s independent student newspaper, Vanguard. The stories of immigrant courage and tenacity she heard while interning at a local nonprofit organization convinced her that more of those voices must be heard in order to combat prejudice and ignorance. She is writing her honors senior thesis on how gentrification affects Portland’s immigrants and, following graduation, plans to write professionally on immigrant issues. In her free time she enjoys coffee breaks, petting friendly dogs, teaching herself to play guitar, reading, running, and writing mediocre poetry.