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Robert Sagastume

Robert Sagastume

About Robert Sagastume

Robert Sagastume is Senior Family College Prep Program Student Advisor at the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund (HDF). At HDF, Robert works to improve the quality of llife of Latinx families through scholarship support and financial aid advising. Robert's expertise in college access and retention advising was developed and solidified through his/their personal and professional experiences. As a former undocumented immigrant, member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and first-generation college graduate, Robert has a wealth of knowledge on
systematic barriers that are faced by some students and families at the intersection of their identities and the attainment of higher education processes.

Currently, Robert serves our community as a member of two boards–Missouri College Access Network (MOCAN) focusing on increasing equity in college and career pathways for Missouri students, and Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR) a nonprofit organization committed to empower and uplift the voices of the immigrant community and providing them with the tools they need to protect themselves and their families.

Robert earned Master’s Degrees in Social Work and in Social Policy from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Robert was recently elected to the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education.

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