Senior Spotlight: Ella Gutierrez-Garner

Passion for change

Ella Gutierrez-Garner combines skills within her double major of global studies and Spanish to connect with her identity, and make a difference abroad.
Video and story by Taylen Hall
photo By Grace Mangali
Clark Honors College Communications

Ella Gutierrez-Garner has always been determined to use her privilege for good.

In high school, she made service trips to Belize and Peru, building a passion that led her to working for StoveTeam International. The nonprofit helps find safe cooking equipment for impoverished communities abroad.

At the Clark Honors College, Gutierrez-Garner double majored in global studies and Spanish – tools that she says will help her in her mission to redefine the way some organizations handle development.

“How will you frame the narrative?” she asks. “What will you say” about how we, as a society, alleviate poverty without adopting a savior mentality?

For her, the experience of learning in a way that doesn’t take on a colonizing mentality is as important as the support you provide to others.

In this video profile, you’ll learn why this Honors College graduate wants to assist people in need. And you’ll learn where she is headed next in her quest to make a difference. 

portrait of ella garner in front of purple rhododendron bush

Ella Gutierrez-Garner

Major: Global studies and Spanish
Thesis: El Amor a Través de la Cocina: Exploring the Connection Between Food and Love in 20th Century Latin-American Literature”
One decision that made all the difference: To do the Honors College. I met four of my five roommates through the Honors College. And some of the best friends I made in college were part of the program.
Advice for incoming CHC students: Push yourself in classes. Raise your hand. And build relationships with professors.
This summer I can’t wait for: Swimming and catching rays outside with my friends.
What will you miss most about CHC: Small class sizes and the intimate, trustworthy environments that it creates.
What are you grateful for: My relationships with family, friends, and professors.
Where are you headed next: University of California-Berkeley for a master’s in global studies, beginning of Fall 2024.