• University of Puerto Rico: Humacao Campus

    Puerto Rico | In action since 2008

Project Highlights:

Team Profile:

Students involved
53

Past WC appearances
4

Faculty advisor(s):
Prof. Elizabeth J. Hodges

Our proudest moment of the past year:
“When we united a whole community to paint our national flag and revived the resilient spirit of our people that for moments lost sight of their potential because of the challenges they faced after the hurricane.”

Biggest challenge from the past year:
“This year, Hurricane María struck our island, and our region was the most affected. Most of our team members weren’t able to get involved with the team because they were facing some challenges. We focused on identifying the needs of our team members and found resources to help them get back on track. Then, we trained them and provided them the tools so they could go to the community and work on the projects.”

Team described in one word:
Resilient.

Get to Know Us:

At the recommendation of a professor, Rachel found her place on our Enactus Puerto Rico National Champion team. Rachel became president of her team during one of the most difficult times for their country, when Hurricane Maria hit their island. She says her biggest success is seeing the growth of her team members during the last year. “Watching them get empowered, own their potential, learn new skills and more importantly become leaders was the best reward I could get.” Rachel is looking ahead to Enactus World Cup to gain knowledge about how we all can better ourselves to achieve greater results.

 

More about Rachel:

  • What I’m reading: “Change the Culture, Change the Game” by Roger Connors and Tom Smith
  • Theme song: “Hall of Fame” by The Script ft. Will.I.Am
  • Who inspires me: “My grandmother. She was the perfect example of sacrificing yourself for the ones you love. She was an intelligent, capable and independent woman who taught me everything I know now.”
  • Enactus in one word: Growth.
  • Best Enactus moment: “Winning this year’s National Cup. For me it was more than a Cup, it was the symbol and the result of overcoming our hardest challenges and working hard to rebuild our team and our community.”
  • In five years, I will be… “a successful business leader who is still working with my Enactus network and sharing the knowledge acquired through experience to help them grow.”

Connect with Rachel!

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After Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico, Javier was looking for ways to help rebuild his country when a Project Manager invited him to join the team. Only a year later, Javier serves as the current President for his team and says it is the best decision he has ever made. “The personal growth that I have had and the social responsibility that I have adopted during these months of working with communities has served as a guide to establish my life plan,” says Javier. He is an international business major set to graduate in 2021.

 

More about Javier:

  • What I’m reading: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
  • Theme song: “Something” by Snarky Puppy feat Lala Hathaway
  • Who inspires me: “My mom because she taught me everything always using love as the main basis. She has shown me with love, persistence, humility and desire anything can be achieved.”
  • Enactus in one word: Treasure.
  • Best Enactus moment: “Presenting before the Oriental Bank business leaders and finding out that our business proposal won made all the hard work worth it.”
  • In five years, I will be… “a master’s degree student, running at the same time my own family coffee shop, being the first member of my family in all the descendants to graduate from the university and own a company. That is one of the engines that motivates me every day to strive more and more to achieve my goals.”

Connect with Javier!

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