Mari Luna is actively working to help immigrants in the United States. She currently serves as a community organizer for Movimiento Cosecha, a movement that fights for the rights of all immigrants.
“Movimiento Cosecha has really allowed me to work directly with the people most impacted and center their voices when working with them to make a difference,” she explains.
The position is a perfect fit for Mari. She’s pursuing her degree in Civic Leadership at O’Neill while earning a Liberal Arts certificate in Social Justice Organizing. O’Neill is where she’s been able to learn the tools to pursue her passion for civic engagement.
She’s taken those classroom lessons and put them to use in real-life applications, advocating for bills that would provide tuition benefits to undocumented students and driver’s licenses to all Indiana residents. She also volunteers in programs addressing food insecurity, higher education, and basic needs access for historically excluded communities in Indianapolis.
“O’Neill has allowed me to see different perspectives and helped me realize there is a lot of theory within the curriculum that can change once you are doing the work out in the community,” she says.