Octaviano Chavarín attended high school in rural southern Oregon, where in May of his senior year he was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. This allowed him to attend Willamette University in Salem, OR on a full-ride scholarship. In 2013, he received his B.A. in Politics, and became the first in his family to graduate from a university. While at Willamette, he was awarded two Mellon Foundation research grants, received recognition for his devotion to social justice, and found his passion for higher education. Upon graduating, he moved to Quito, Ecuador to conduct anthropological research, and work at a private bilingual high school as an Intern Counselor/Campus Life Coordinator. He then moved to Portland,OR where he began working with Big Brothers, Big Sisters because of his deep commitment to mentorship. In February, he made the move to Philadelphia where he worked at the Boys and Girls Club as a Program Assistant. Octaviano is deeply passionate about, and committed to promoting equity in institutions of higher education. He strongly believes in the transformative power of mentorship, and aspires to earn a Ph.D. to study racial diversity in higher education at the administrative and faculty levels, and the ways in which this impacts the low-income, first-gen students of color.