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Born in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico, Eleazar Valdez first arrived in the United States at the age of 13. The journey to the United States was not an easy one, Eleazar traveled from the southwestern region of Mexico all alone. Upon arriving in the United States, Eleazar worked many different jobs while in high school to get ahead and contribute to his family’s household income. Despite his immigration and economic challenges, Eleazar excelled in his educational endeavors. He was named the salutatorian of his high school’s graduating class. After high school, Eleazar worked his way through Fresno City College and obtained an Associate’s degree in Photography. Thanks to his academic performance in community college, and involvement with the community, Eleazar received a full-ride scholarship to attend Fresno Pacific University, a private university in Fresno. Eleazar obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Culture as well as a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Literature from Fresno Pacific University. Eleazar is currently the Outreach-Workshop Coordinator for the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, where he conducts outreach and informs the immigrant communities of California’s San Joaquin Central Valley about different types of immigration benefits available to individuals. In his current position, Eleazar has impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals by providing key information of how to exercise their constitutional rights, as well as connecting individuals in rural areas to much needed resources throughout the Central Valley.