Ana Maria Caquias, a member of the graduating class of 2021, was elected to serve as the student representative on the Middlesex College Board of Trustees for academic year 2021-2022.
A graduate of Perth Amboy High School and lifelong resident of Middlesex County, Caquias graduated from Middlesex College in May with an associate degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Political Science.
This fall, Caquias will pursue a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts/Liberal Studies at Thomas Edison State University with a focus on public interest law and the goal of attending law school.
During her enrollment at Middlesex College, she was a member of the College Assembly Academic Standards Task Force for the 2020-2021 term.
Advocacy work has loomed large in Caquias’ life. Raised by a single mom and growing up in public housing, Caquias has advocated for marginalized and vulnerable individuals within her community and has volunteered with various religious and nonprofit organizations that address the systemic harms suffered by low-income individuals and families.
Additionally, she works as a pro bono coordinator for the Newark-based law firm McCarter & English, LLP, helping to recruit and support the firm’s attorneys who participate in the pro bono program. She also serves as a language interpreter and translator for both the firm and its clients. In 2018, Caquias was part of a of a legal team that traveled to Georgia to assist detained, undocumented individuals with their efforts in seeking immigration relief.
She describes her election to the Middlesex College Board of Trustees as an honor and hopes to provide an important voice that speaks to the needs, challenges and aspirations of Middlesex College students.
“When it comes to leadership and advocacy, I’m often reminded of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s words: ‘Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you,’” she said.