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Miriam Calderon (M.S.W. '02)
Miriam Calderon (M.S.W. '02)

Miriam is now a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in Washington, DC. She manages the Early Childhood Education Portfolio, producing white papers and policy briefings to educate members of Congress on the needs of young Latino children.

Working as a mental health consultant with Head Start after graduation Miriam witnessed the isolation of non-English speaking children in programs lacking culturally responsive programming. This experience motivated her to advocate for programs to better meet the needs of immigrant children.

As a social worker, "I am humbled each day to have the opportunity to work on issues that will improve services for Latinos," Miriam said.

A former recipient of the McCoy Family Scholarship program, Miriam is living the mission of the scholarship to develop policy to better meet the needs of children in Portland and across the nation.

Currently her work includes lobbying for the reauthorization of the Head Start Program. She has also worked to pass legislation giving migrant children automatic free lunch and authorizing funding for family literacy programs.