Esmeralda Flores - Student Member

Portrait of Esmeralda FloresEsmeralda Flores, of Elgin, is a 2016 Larkin High School graduate. She is the first in her family to attend college and the youngest daughter of Mexican immigrants.

Flores is studying in political science and plans to become a lawyer. Having moved to the state of Guanajuato in Mexico at the age of 12, she helped her mother raise cattle and worked in the fields. While there, she excelled academically in her classes and graduated with top honors.

Flores decided to come back to the U.S. at the age of 15 and enrolled at Larkin High School. Due to her excellent grades in her studies in Mexico, she graduated early, finishing high school in just two years.

As a person who likes challenges, Flores enrolled in ECC’s Honors Program, became involved in Student Government during her first semester at ECC, and served as the Student Government president for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Flores values advocating for social justice and hopes that her story can inspire members of the Hispanic/Latino community to work hard for their dreams. She served on ECC's Latinx Heritage Month committee and is a member of the Next Generation of Leaders, a student group that advocates for Hispanic/Latino success on campus. In the future, Flores plans to help underrepresented students like herself achieve their academic goals.

Term Expires: 2019