When Ana Karen Betancourt Macias introduces herself, she openly identifies herself as undocumented.

Ana Karen Betancourt Macias.
Betancourt Macias

“I introduce myself all the time as ‘I am Ana Karen Betancourt Macias, and I’m undocumented.’” Betancourt Macias, WSU Vancouver sociology graduating senior, said. “That was to make the people in the room feel uncomfortable, but also know that I was a force to reckon with.”

During her first year at WSU Vancouver, Betancourt Macias served as ASWSUV director of legislative affairs. It was her first time in student government, she said. In that position, she helped lobby for the Washington College Grant, formerly known as the state-need grant.

Betancourt Macias will be graduating this summer from WSU Vancouver with a bachelor’s in sociology. She said she is planning to apply to Harvard University for her master’s degree. She is also considering law school.

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