Jose “Perspicacity” A. Figueroa

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Jose was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the age of 12, he moved to Dayton, Ohio. Since moving to Dayton, Jose has been involved in supporting the underrepresented Hispanic community through several projects. One of the projects was creating a non-profit, Warm Hugs, an organization that focuses on empowering and supporting the undocumented immigrant communities by providing blankets during the winter time. Warm Hugs has been able to distribute around 2,500 blankets in the states of Texas, Ohio, and St Louis, and plans to expand to the state of Pennsylvania this academic semester. Jose is currently an Annika Rodriguez Scholar, and a Civic Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis where he is studying Global Health and the Environment. Jose serves as an EMT-B through the Emergency Support Team (EST) at Washington University in St. Louis. In conjunction with his passion to help the Hispanic community and serving as an EMT, Jose traveled to Jocotenango, Guatemala during the Summer of 2018, to work as a pre-hospital care medic. This experience inspired Jose to embark in the Guatemala project. After graduating school, Jose plans to attend Medical School, as well as earning his Masters in Public Health. In his free time, Jose enjoys playing volleyball for the Washington University Volleyball Team and hiking.