Marie Frances Angela Gonzales




Marie Frances Angela Gonzales


Manila, Philippines/ Houston, Texas, USA


April 29 


Studio Art, Asian Studies

Class Year:


Place of peace on campus:

Sacred Heart Chapel

I'm most authentically myself when I'm....

I stay true to myself 24/7-- wheneverm wherever, and whoever I am with.

Quick Bio:

After immigrating from the Philippines to America when I was little, culture, identity, and   sense of place have become integral life aspects that have shaped my ever-changing perspective. As an aspiring artist, I desire to create art that   not only have a personal meaning but also express social commentary regarding   the depth and relationship between the self, society, and cultures. Being a   part of the IISS family as a Graphic Designer satisfies my ambitions to  spread art and communicate the essentiality of inclusiveness in every scope   of life.

Campus Involvement:

Art Club- Event Chair Person
View In Club- Vice President
Campus Ministry- Eucharistic Minister

Library Exhibit Assistant at Clemens Library

What does the phrase "intercultural competency" mean to you?

Intercultural competency is not just understanding that society is a conglomerate of an ever-growing varied
population. Succeeding in the awareness and engagement with any culture means to wholeheartedly interact, empathize, and respect each individual that one meets. Additionally, this form of acceptance should acknowledge both the similarities and differences of one another in order to create a substantial relationship build upon true appreciation of individualism formulated through personal upbringing and beliefs. And more than ever, a culturally competent person must endorse a kind of unity that upholds each tradition’s respective values but also encourage a peaceful collaboration that proliferate the idea of a global community.

About which aspect(s) of diversity are you most passionate?

Racial, ethnic and social inclusion.

What advice would you like to give to first-year students?

Use the four or so years of college to promulgate your dreams into becoming a reality.

But NEVER forget to have fun and enjoy life's simple moments

What advice would you like to give to continuing students?

Keep on keeping on.