Nataly L. Lopez
New York City Region
Nataly is an activist, organizer, entrepreneur, and volunteer extraordinaire. Since arriving from Ecuador at the age of four, she has seen the hardships immigrants face and knows what it means to be a “DREAMer.” This led her to “come out” as an undocumented American and become an activist in the DREAM movement, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform on the local, state, and federal levels.
Nataly’s passion for social justice and human rights began during her high school years while volunteering in soup kitchens and working with autistic children. However, she became more outspoken when she interned with LYHEP (Latino Youth for Higher Education Program) in 2010, thus leading her to be listed as one of the Hispanic Coalition NY’s 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars in 2011. Since then, she has gone on to be one of the 2012 DREAM Fellows of the New York Immigration Coalition. As part of the fellowship, Nataly interned at Cabrini Immigrant Services, organizing events with the “Justice for Immigrants” group in Albany and Washington D.C. Her activism has led her to be a co-founder and the current President of the DREAM Team at Baruch College, a club organized to bring undocumented individuals together in a business environment.
Aside from her activism, Nataly is pursuing a B.A Degree in Psychology at CUNY Baruch College. She continues to pursue her dream of opening her own business dedicated to helping teens and young adults re-discover what it means to “be yourself” and “be unique” through positive-thinking and community building.
Her achievements include being an honorary member of the Local 420 Hispanic Heritage Committee and being a recipient of the “2012 CommYOUnity Award for Outstanding Community Service” by La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lamda Fraternity Inc. Beta Beta Chapter, and of JUVE’s “Community Leader of the Year” Award 2012. She has appeared in various media sources, namely TIME Magazine, NASDAQ, The New York Times, Daily News, Univision, NBC, El Diario and others.