Natalie Solis, class of 2014 graduate, is a student majoring in Religion at the University of Southern California. Natalie credits her 13 years of Catholic school and involvement in Columbia Catholic Ministry while studying at Barnard College in New York City for inspiring her to major in Religion. She moved back to Los Angeles in order to pursue her passion for researching Religion in Los Angeles.
Finishing up her first year at USC, Ms. Solis is ecstatic to be a Trojan. As an Admission Ambassador at the USC Office of Admission Natalie provides tours and presentations about USC to visitors. In February, she was invited to a conference in Washington D.C. by the nonprofit organization, Women Speak for Themselves, founded by Helen Alvaré J.D. Two weeks later, she attended the 1vyG conference at Harvard University with fellow USC students and Dr. George Sanchez, professor of History and Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives.
Through USC’s Research Gateway Program, Ms. Solis is conducting an independent research project this summer on expressions of popular piety, specifically murals, surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe in creating sacred space throughout Boyle Heights. Additionally, Natalie has recently been selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow at USC. This fellowship is designed for students interested in obtaining PhDs and becoming professionals in the academy. Her research interests are in Catholicism, the role of women in the Church, Latino religion, and the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the Americas.
After graduating from USC, Natalie plans on continuing studying Religion by going to Divinity School to earn a Master’s Degree before entering a PhD program. Ms. Solis credits her family’s unconditional support in her pursuit of a career in the study of Religion. Thanks to her belief in God she has come closer to discovering her vocation.
I am a young woman of Depth and Integrity; both these moral values were infused in my high school education, but redefined during my tenure in the Bay Area. I was placed in a university environment that contradicted its purpose and mission: to preach diversity, social equality, and serve world communities. In the midst of the most challenging time in my life, my surroundings cemented my fervency in social awareness, activism, and justice for the voiceless. I am indebted the Mission values of Depth and Integrity that inspired a strong sense of reverence for all individuals and thirst for the truth in any given situation. These values will infinitely be a part of my purpose to spread global equality and thirst to change the world.