Wilton Pichardo
Hostos Student Ambassador

Wilton PichardoWilton Pichardo was born in Queens, New York in 1985 after his parents migrated from the Dominican Republic in 1984. Wilton has grown up learning to love the City and throughout the course of his journey he has met many unique people and experienced a number of things that he had never imagined that he would. Despite growing up in poverty, Wilton always held close to a dream of giving back and serving his community, and over the course of the past two years, he has ascended into the ranks of being one of the most formidable student leaders in the country.

Wilton's aspirations have led him to look for the rare opportunities in life and to work to overcome all of the challenges he has to face. Although he did not feel comfortable as a student at Lehman College, he has found a home at Hostos Community College, where he has not only excelled in his academic progress, but he has made contributions to the community that he has come to know and love. Wilton is currently the President of the Hostos Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society and he is also a member of the Hostos Leadership Academy’s Student Ambassador Program.

Wilton PichardoIn the fall of 2008, Wilton was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and in spring of 2009, Wilton joined the Hostos Student Leadership Academy. Since that time, he has attended and been a participant at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference in Albany, The National Dominican Student Conference at the The City College of New York, he was selected to be a part of The Project to Train Leaders for Progress and Peace (an initiative from the Office of the First Lady of the Dominican Republic) and was awarded the City University of New York Young Leadership Award. Wilton was also a participant and a panelist at this fall's United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference, Northeast, where he served on a panel with Dr. Joe-Joe McManus, the Executive Director of the CUNY Leadership Academy to discuss, "Latino Leaders Taking Charge & Giving Back: Student Empowerment & Leadership Models for the Future."

Wilton PichardoWilton has committed himself to doing service for the community and has given more than forty hours each semester to doing so. Over the course of the past eight months, Wilton has helped to plant 900 trees in St. Mary's Park in the Bronx, helped to feed over a 1000 people at Part of the Solution Soup Kithen in the West Bronx, handed out food to over a 100 people at the Community League of the Heights Food Pantry in Washington Heights, helped to paint a stunning mural at Harlem River Park in support of  Creative Arts Workshops for Kids and volunteered to register walkers at the 2009 Breast Cancer Walk at Orchard Beach. He is currently working on a plan, with friends from Seton Hall University to help educate and feed children in the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic.

Wilton PichardoLast summer, Wilton worked on an internship, through a partnership with the Edward T. Rogowsky (ETR) Program, with Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson of the 77th Assembly District of New York. He has also been able to share his ideas with other public officials and looks forward to one day serving as a representative for his community in political office

Wilton will be graduating from Hostos in January and he plans to transfer to American University, Columbia University or the State University  of New York at Albany, so that he can serve on an internship in the State Assembly with Speaker Sheldon Silver.

To learn more about the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program, please visit: 
http://www.etrinternship.org/html/home.htm

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, please visit: 
http://www.ptk.org/

To learn more about opportunities working with Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson, please visit:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=077