Veronica Torres – Centro SOL

We are grateful for the trailblazers who paved the way for all of us in our history and those who make our lives better day by day. We celebrate the life and contributions of our team members, colleagues, and allies this International Women’s History Month.

Verónica Torres

¿De dónde eres? comparte algo característico de tu lugar de origen. Where are you from? share something typical from where you are from.

I am from Caracas, Venezuela. Caracas is contained entirely within a valley and separated from the Caribbean coast by an El Avila National Park expanse. Seeing the mountains from every point you walk or drive is common. The average temperature ranges between 72 -75 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes Caracas’ weather extremely privileged.

¿A qué te dedicas? What do you do?

I am a Venezuelan psychologist, and I proudly work as a community health worker in mental health projects at Centro Sol, Johns Hopkins.

¿Qué te motiva? What inspires you?

Reaching out to others is what motivates me the most. I feel motivated to inspire and help others.

¿Qué le dirías a tu yo más joven sobre donde te encuentras ahora en tu vida? What would you tell your younger self about where you are in life?

We all have the ability to be resilient in the face of adversity, we learn, we fall, we cry, we get up, we get stronger, we laugh, and we add experiences to our lives when we make mistakes, or life plays a dirty trick on us. Every experience, good or bad, adds wisdom and strength.

Aunque todo lo que has hecho en tu vida es producto de tus esfuerzos, siempre tenemos personas que nos han apoyado a las que agradecer o recordar. ¿Quiénes son esas personas para tí y por qué? Although everything you’ve accomplished in your life is the product of your efforts, there are always people to thank or think about who supported you. Who are those people for you and why?

My parents are the greatest force behind my inspiration and learning in life. My gratitude to them is for all the investment they made in me, becoming a professional and an adult with solid values and moral principles.

¿Qué significa para ti la equidad en oportunidad para los Latinos? What does it mean for you equity in opportunity for Latinos?

It means the right to be respected, included, and integrated into society and communities, to have fair access to education, housing, work, health, and social security, and to enjoy a social treatment that is dignified and free from discrimination.

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