Karen Padilla is Guatemalan and Honduran born in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a first generation college student who strives to serve the undocumented community.
Karen is currently enrolled as a 3rd year student at Georgia State University. She is studying Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. Her passion for Political Science and Law began after seeing the struggles of undocumented family friends being separated due to deportation. Her goal is to attend law school when she graduates from her undergraduate studies.
She is devoted to serving her community by volunteering in any way she can. In Fall 2018, she had the opportunity to canvas for democratic representative, Shelly Hutchinson for House District 107. Through this experience she was able to travel door-to-door to promote the importance of voting and supply voters with their polling locations.
She became sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated in Spring 2019 where she serves as the Political Education Initiative Chair. Through this position, she is able to create nonpartisan political events to promote voting and census registration.
Over the summer, she had the opportunity to visit her organization’s national philanthropy, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, for a leadership seminar. Through this seminar she was able to immerse in leadership training, learn fundraising strategies, network with other organizations, and participate in service projects. This helped her learn how to engage with others and learn to create fundraising events to bring back to her campus.
Nonetheless, her passion lies in serving her community. Her goal in GALEO is to further her professional skills and continue to serve her Latinx community. She strives to bring her confidence and strong work ethic to this organization to promote immigrant rights and voting rights.