Meeting two big supporters of the college dream

On March 21st, Willamette Academy Students met with Maria Chavez-Haroldson at a workshop put on by Willamette University's CAUSA chapter. Haroldson has previously served as an advocate for victims' rights at the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, and is the current Director of Outreach at OSU. Students also met with her husband John Haroldson, the first elected Hispanic district attorney in Oregon.

The students learned about Maria and John’s work as advocates of victim’s rights in the court system. In addition, Maria shared her story of success with the students.

The students were eager to learn about Maria and John's story and their paths to success. Students asked Maria and John about their work as victim’s rights advocates, the judicial system, and their growth as leaders. Maria asked the students to challenge and question their environment in order to find their passion in life.

At the end of the workshop Maria and John provided advice for Willamette Academy students in their paths to college. Maria also encouraged them to become leaders in their community, saying “If did it, you can do it too”.