Faith Baca

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Class of 2025

Dismantle oppressive systems and celebrate diversity through language and linguistics.

One word to describe Faith is curious. She is constantly asking questions. Even as a young girl, she bombarded her mother with random questions on her drive to school. That curiosity has continued to grow as she’s aged. As Faith struggled to identify with her Native and Mexican heritage, her curiosity took over and she chose to learn Spanish. This ignited a passion for language. Faith wants to leave behind a world in which language is used to cultivate understanding. She learned that once we understand language, we understand our identities, and through this, we can foster communication and compassion. As the president of Latino World Alliance, leader of National Honor Society, leader of a project to provide detainees near the border with friendship bracelets and pro bono legal representation, and a volunteer to bring students from underprivileged communities together through tutoring, Faith has relentlessly committed herself to strengthening her community through service. Faith plans to pursue her Ph.D. in linguistics to further her understanding of how to make a social impact through language.

Leadership:

  • TED-Ed Student Talks, Student Leader
  • Latino World Alliance, President
  • Whiz Kids, Tutor