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Victor Montanez

Middle School Advisor at the College Crusade of Rhode Island

Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island and having to cope at an early age with his dad’s passing, Victor grew up like many other first generation students just trying to navigate through barriers of language and culture with a single mom. Victor attributes his success to both his high school and college advisors, who helped him navigate the many obstacles and inspired him to pass on that same drive and leadership to the next generation. 

Victor’s Puerto Rican and Bolivian heritage is something he is most proud of. His connection to his culture helps him to better relate and connect with his students and their families. “Having lived through these experiences and facing those extra barriers myself has made it possible to relate and support my students.” 

As a middle school advisor with the College Crusade of Rhode Island, he knows that young Latinos are the next leaders. They show great support for one another and their way of life instills greatness in each other to support and develop the tools and skills they need to overcome any obstacle they face. 

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