Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Secondary Education; minors in Spanish, international relations and history.
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa.
Activities and Achievements: Patino-Flores has been active on campus, participating in many campus activities and taking a leadership role in several organizations. She served as public relations chair and secretary of ProgrammingBoard and for two years was president of BACCHUS, a campus club that raises awareness about drug and alcohol abuse and educates students about making healthy choices. During her time at Wilkes, she’s also been an admissions ambassador, served as a class representative to Student Government and been a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. She also participated in the Education Club, the Pre-Law Club and Wilkes Political Society.
Patino-Flores says, “As president of BACCHUS, I had the pleasure to hold the Alcohol Awareness Walk…. The walk is to bring awareness to alcohol abuse and other alcohol-related issues. It is a big event…I was so proud of the amount of people that attended (over 200) and the volunteers we had to help run things behind the scenes. I could not be more grateful for everyone that attended, my club members, and SAAC members that volunteered.”
Noteworthy: Patino-Flores is a first-generation college student and spoke at the Founders Gala, which raises money for the First Generation Scholarship Fund. “I was given the opportunity to speak at the Founders Gala of 2019. As a first-generation college student, it was important for me to share my story with the guests. The gala was so much fun and I had the opportunity to meet so many people.”
Favorite part of the Wilkes experience: “There are truly so many great memories at Wilkes….I liked how Wilkes offered so many clubs I could have been a part of…It shaped me as a leader, led me to many amazing friends, and kept me informed about what was happening on campus.
Also, being an e-mentor has allowed me to meet so many great individuals – first-year students and fellow mentors. This year especially, my mentees have become really great friends and I am honored to have been able to be part of their experience.
Future plans: Petino-Flores has been accepted into the Teach for America teaching corps. The organization focuses on placing teachers in urban and rural areas where students face educational disparities. “I am truly honored to have been offered and accepted a position in the Baltimore City Corps. I will be teaching Spanish or social studies. I am super excited about this position after college!”