The UWVC’s Coro Fellow – Javi Castro

Javi is an energetic young man from The Dominican Republic who has called The Bronx his home for the last 14 years. As an immigrant, he has a keen eye for how systems operate and can often provide a fisheye lens view in comparative politics. The attacks on 9/11 prompted Javi to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he studied international crime and was inducted to the National Political Science Honor Society.  In College, he not only worked for the Veteran’s office but he also advocated and created programs surrounding Veteran homelessness and societal stigmas. He quickly developed an immense sense of patriotism and as a way to give back, he joined the New York Guard, a state military organization committed to serving and protecting the community as its most local level. Javi is currently a Coro Fellow placed at United War Veteran Council. He hopes to galvanize veterans and civilians to create more space for veterans to come to the table and ‘write’ their own lives.