Alumni Profiles

An Advocate for Immigrant Rights

Tania Martinez

President Jonathan Holloway calls Tania Martinez the “busiest person in Camden.” And for good reason. A triple major in political science, philosophy, and global studies with a minor in Spanish, Martinez has been a Civic Scholar, president of the campus’s College Democrats, a member of the Institute for Leadership and Action, and chair of the Immigrant Refugee Caucus. The 2022 Rutgers University–Camden graduate also helped launch “Voices of Immigration,” an interdisciplinary research podcast that focuses on the student experiences of various generations of immigrants.

In the May 2022 episode of Faces & Voices, Martinez walks Holloway through the quad to Rutgers–Camden Alumni House where they discuss what drew her from Springdale, Arkansas, to Camden, New Jersey; how Rutgers–Camden’s deep commitment to civic engagement has allowed her to make meaningful differences in the lives of others as an immigrant rights activist; and the importance of cultivating hope in the midst of daunting circumstances.

Watch Tania Martinez sit down with Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway on Faces & Voices of Rutgers.

Tania Martinaez with President Holloway