In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Notre Dame Alumni Association looks back at some of our outstanding Hispanic alumni who have dedicated their professional and personal lives towards being a force for good in the world.
We Are ND Hispanic Alumni Collection
Advocating for Health Care Equity and Improved Maternal Outcomes by Meg Pryor ’22
Alex Kristensen-Cabrera ’16 hopes to make an impact in intersectional health care as a PhD candidate in health research, policy, and administration, but also through her volunteer and advocacy work.
Fighting for Asylum Seekers in the Legal System by Amanda Pilarski '18
Between hours spent in courtrooms and in classrooms, Rudy Monterrosa ’01 J.D. has a lot of experience with immigration. But his knowledge on the subject is not strictly academic – it started in his own home.
Dreaming to Uplift Underserved Students by Joanne Norell
Dorene Dominguez ’85 heads one of the leading Hispanic and woman-owned program, project, and construction management firms in the U.S. She also serves as founder and chairwoman of The Dominguez Dream in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez, a non-profit organization that empowers underserved students through literacy and STEAM enrichment activities, and parent engagement.
Fighting for Equality On and Off the Field by Grant DelVecchio ’22
Former Notre Dame women’s soccer player Nicole Rodriguez ’14, now a teacher in Colorado, fights for fair pay and equal conditions for the Puerto Rican National Team.
Empowering Diverse Voices in Hollywood by Amanda Pilarski '18
Robert Larios ’10, a TV literary agent at Verve Talent Agency in Los Angeles, helps to better represent Latino voices in the entertainment industry.
Storyteller Brings Digital Savvy to Sharing Vocations by Josh Stowe
Isaac Garcia ’08, ’10 M.A. drew on his faith experience at Notre Dame—as well as his technical and communication skills—in 2013, when he began working with the Sisters of Mercy, helping the order revamp its approach to recruiting for new vocations.
Born Without Three Limbs, Speaker and Author Inspires Others by Maura Sullivan Hill ’11
Alex Montoya ’96 was born without arms or a right leg, but he doesn’t spend a lot of time lamenting what he doesn’t have. Instead, he focuses on what he does have: three prosthetic limbs that help him live a mobile, independent life, and a platform to help others by sharing his story.
Bringing Support and Treatment to Veterans in Need by Maura Sullivan Hill '11
Col. (U.S. Army Retired) D.J. Reyes ’79 serves as an advocate for fellow veterans in Tampa’s Veterans Treatment Court.
Architect Designs Healthy Neighborhoods for Everyone by Josh Stowe
Whether he’s designing dwellings for a scenic oceanside town in Costa Rica or partnering with developers to revamp an economically depressed neighborhood in Panama City, architect Ricardo Arosemena ’98, ’05 M.Arch. helps create vibrant communities that enrich the lives of people who live in them.
Building a Legal Movement for Human Rights by Jack Rooney '16
Fabián Sánchez Matus ’15 LLM and Lorena Bazay Dulanto ’15 LLM grew up in different parts of the world, but Notre Dame, and a passion for human rights law, brought them together.