My name is Silvia Roldan, I am from Ecuador. I was born in Quito, the capital of my country, but I grew up in Santo Domingo de los T-sachilas.
In 2013, I graduated with a degree in Engineer of Administration of Tourism and Hotel Management from the Universidad Tecnologica America in Cuenca, Ecuador. I worked for the Minister of Tourism, but ultimately decided to move to the United States in April of 2014.
I am motivated by my passion to learn and in 2016 I applied for a scholarship which was granted and upon completion of the program became a member of the International Postgraduates of the Organization of American States. I also earned my MBA in Project Management from the University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain in 2017. During this year I formed part of the 1st Cohort of the ILI from The Welcoming Center which encouraged me to keep organizing events with the group “I Belong”, of which I am part of. Currently I work in a non-profit Health Care organization as an Office Technician Floater, where I have come to realize how fragile the immigrant community’s needs are.
I would describe myself as being ambitious, generous, and kind. I enjoy helping and encouraging others to pursue their dreams. That is why through my passion to help people I served as a volunteer at the Jewish Relief Agency in Philadelphia by delivering groceries to families in need. Being a volunteer makes me feel connected to others and gives me a sense of community, belonging, and purpose.
I am part of the Advisory Council which fulfills me with the noble purpose of assisting others looking for programs that can help them become integrated into U.S. society.
I believe all immigrants face barriers and that the Welcoming Center can help them overcome them through the positive community outreach we provide. As a consultant, I assist the staff in making decisions about new programs that accelerate immigrant integration, economic advancement, and general well-being in our communities.