As the son of working-class Ecuadorian immigrants and a student who grew up here in Fair Haven, I spent a lot of my time focusing on making the most out of my opportunities to provide for my family, myself, and my community. I’ve been involved in community work for a while in different capacities, so when the opportunity came up to run for alder (city council) here in New Haven, I decided to take the leap. Earlier this November, I became the alder-elect for Ward 1, the youngest member on the Board of Alders and first Ecuadorian-American member. It was and will continue to be a tough journey, but I’m beyond excited to do my part in helping families in New Haven.
I’m extremely thankful for all the folks who’ve supported (and will continue supporting) me along this journey, including my family, teachers, friends, and other support staff. Organizations like New Haven Promise continue to be key to my story, helping support my journey at Yale. Because of the help from NH Promise and Yale’s financial aid policies, I’m able to attend at no cost to my family. It’s a unique opportunity that I’m doing my best to take advantage of and I definitely encourage other students here in New Haven to take advantage of these opportunities. Super excited to see where this journey takes me!
-Alex Guzhnay, Amistad ’20 & Yale ’24