Collegiate Prep Academy / High Tech Early College / DCIS Montbello / Noel Community Art School
Assistant Director TRIO: Humberto Guerrero
I grew up in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. I graduated from Manual High School in 2004 and after a year of working various construction jobs, I decided to go to college. Being first-generation and being among the first of my family to actually finish high school, I did not have a clue how to get to college. For some time, I thought I could not even go to college due to my very low GPA and low ACT scores. By chance, I came across some people active in promoting development in my community that gave me a hand. With their help I was able to enroll in at the Community College of Denver (CCD). During my time at CCD I completed my associate’s degree in General Studies with a 4.0 GPA and later transferred to the University of Colorado Denver (UCD).
At UCD I became active in the TRIO Student Support Services program which widely opened my academic and professional opportunities. Thanks to TRIO I became the recipient of a national fellowship program called the Institute for International Public Policy which provided public policy training, study abroad opportunities, and funding for graduate school. This fellowship program really opened up the possibility for me to go to graduate school.
After graduating summa cum laude from UCD, I participated in various international development projects in Central America. I later returned to Colorado and decided to apply for graduate school. I got accepted and received a full tuition fellowship to do a master’s degree in community development and education at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Before joining DSF, I worked for the United States Agency for International Development in Senegal, the Mastercard Foundation in Tanzania and Uganda as well as the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s TRIO Student Support Services in the Auraria campus.