Becca Chavez

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Becca L. Chavez
Evening Hospitality Coordinator | August, 2013 – Present

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hometown: Santa Clara, CA

Other Places Lived: The Philippines; Granada, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Portland, OR

Academic & Professional Background:

  • 2013 | B.A. Social Work & Spanish | University of Portland | Portland, OR
  • 2012 – 2013 | Pregnancy Support & Adoption Services Program, BSW Intern | Catholic Charities Pregnancy Support & Adoption Services Program | Portland, OR
  • Summer 2012 | IES Program | Santiago, Chile
  • 2011 – 2013 | Campus Volunteer Coordinator |  Moreau Center for Service & Leadership, University of Portland | Portland, OR
  • Fall 2010 | Study Abroad, Diploma de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera | Instituto de Cervantes | Granada, Spain
  • 2009 – 2013 | Student Diversity Coordinator, Excel Math Tutor, Spanish Tutor | University of Portland | Portland, OR

Describe a typical day in the life of the Evening Hospitality Coordinator:
Mondays through Wednesdays, I spend my time working during Morning Hospitality, answering emails, connecting with different Evening Hospitality sponsor groups, and chatting with my co-workers and volunteers. On Thursdays and Fridays I spend the afternoons organzing and preparing the hospitality center for the Evening Hospitality program. During the evenings, I supervise volunteers and welcome guests for a sit-down style dinner.

What is your favorite part of your job at Saint André Bessette Catholic Church?
My favorite part is creating and foserting relationships. The relationships that I made here as a volunteer is what prompted me to apply for this job. I consider this community my friends and my family.

Now for some easy starter questions…

Favorite Musician:
I have several favorite artists but it’s probably a tie between Anarbor and Nirvana.

Favorite Book:
The Collector, by  John Fowles

Favorite Quote:
“Don’t postpone joy.” –Elaine Joy Aton De la Cruz. It’s the most well known quote that my cousin used to say. She was an amazing poet and when she died in a car crash, it became our family motto.

Okay, now for some tougher questions…

What is the most inspirational place you have every been and why?
It’s a tie between El Salvador and St. Andre. I would probably have to say El Salvador though because it is where I decided to become a social worker and fight along side those who society pushes to its margins. It’s a country that suffered a twelve-year civil war during which the government fought and killed its own townspeople. I’ve never visited a place with so much hope, faith and love.

If you could change your name to anything, what would you change it to?
Marichuy. It’s a nickname for Maria Jesus. I’ve always wanted a “Maria” name because it’s very traditionally Latina and people always doubt that I’m actually Latina. Plus, it sounds like Chewbacca from Star Wars.

What did you want to be when you grew up? What do you still want to be when you grow up?
When I was a child my dream was to become a principle dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. Now, when I grow up I want to be an international community organizer. I want to be a social worker who responds to the needs of different communites and  travels to another town or country every couple of years.

What was the most profound spiritual moment in  your life?
There was this one priest at my university who had heard my entire life story, the fabulously good and the painful bad. He gave a wonderful homily in which he stated, “God loves you not despite who you are, but because of who you are.” When I went to confession with him later, he explained how he had shared that idea during his homily with me and my story in mind. I think it’s a great quote and a great concept. I tell it to myself almost every day.

And just for laughs and pondering…

Ninjas or Pirates?
Pirates. Captain Jack Sparrow. Done.

Do you think Elvis is really dead?
Yes, because if he wasn’t, him and I would be dating.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would play you?
Johnny Depp in drag. I have yet to encounter an individual who looks like me. I’m not saying the closest thing would be Johnny Depp, but why wouldn’t you want Johnny Depp to act as you?

What’s your life goal?
To naturally grow facial hair and pet a cow.

And finally, before we conclude…

Any words of wisdom to pass along to the rest of us?
Do what inspires you and hope for the extraordinary.

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