Meet the Founder
Hi! My name is Guissella Elizabeth Cruz Rodriguez. I am 21 years old and I am currently a fourth year Service Scholar at Florida State University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Political Science. I am Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan American and was born and raised in Miami, FL. During my time at Florida State University, I had the privilege of conducting research.
Pittman Law Group, Tallahassee, FL
Legislative Intern January 2021 – December 2021
Submit weekly reports on committee meetings and bill status during Florida’s legislative session.
Synthesize and draft legal documents. Research materials to promote clientele and legislative agendas. Make public record requests.
Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Tallahassee, FL
Legal Receptionist January 2019 – February 2021
Take calls and messages for attorneys. Collect information from clients, file intake forms, and maintain attorney schedules.
Manage heavy information and conduct research supporting pro-bono cases: immigration and human trafficking.
Render translation services for undocumented people. File and mail US Citizenship and Immigration Service forms.
Florida Senate Senator Perry Thurston, Tallahassee, FL
Legislative Assistant January 2020 – March 2020
Prepare policy analyses for bills heard in Senator Thurston’s Subcommittee’s: Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, Rules, and Joint Committee.
Review the implications of policies with community stakeholders, elected officials, and policy experts.
American Campus Communities, Tallahassee, FL
Community Assistant June 2018 – January 2020
Promote Marketing campaigns and secured over $1,800,000 in leasing efforts at Stadium Centre & 601 Copeland (+1980 beds).
Manage internal database with sensitive information and engage in customer service.
Service Scholar, Tallahassee, FL
Fourth Year Service Scholar August 2018 - Present
• Engage in service and leadership learning to effectively serve the community a minimum of 75 hours/semester.
Third Year Service Scholar Board Cohort Representative August 2020 – May 2021
• Delegate concerns on behalf of the third year Service Scholars Representative on the Service Scholars board.
FSU Social Science Scholars Program, Florida via Zoom
2021 Social Science Scholar January 2021 – December 2021
$5000 Grant for 18 exemplary students in Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences.
Funding Honors thesis research investigating the consequences of image-based sexual abuse victimization among BIPOC youth.
FSU Global Scholars Program, Florida via Zoom
2021 Global Scholar January 2021 – December 2021
• Leadership program preparing students to address global issues, specifically addressing image-based sexual abuse on an international scale alongside End Cyber Abuse in the United Kingdom.
Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates, Tallahassee, FL
One of 60 Participants June 2021
Academically rigorous introductory program to law school with daily law and legal writing courses taught by FSU Law Faculty.
Participated in workshops on networking, admissions, career planning, and other law-related topics.
Teachers Assistant Tallahassee, FL
Instructor | Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Leader
April 2020 – Present • Lesson plan drafting and presenting lectures on public speaking, professionalism, and research and fellowship opportunities.
• Instruct a graded bi-weekly introduction to research course to 17 students.
The Rising Tide Femmetorship, Florida via Zoom Femmetor
Leadership development fellowship focused on political education and collective community building.
Develop organizing strategies and facilitate monthly webinars surrounding pressing social issues.
Noles Engaged in Politics, Tallahassee, FL Student
April 2020 – November 2020
January 2019 – April 2019 Comprehensive leadership and professional development program in preparation to lobby at FSU day at the Capitol.
Attend a weekly colloquium discussing politics and government systems, current issues in Florida.
FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Tallahassee, FL
Sociology Undergraduate Honors Thesis - Research Assistant August 2020 – Present
Conduct research investigating the consequences of image-based sexual abuse victimization among Black and Brown youth.
FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Tallahassee, FL
Hate Crime Research Assistant August 2019 – December 2021
• Conduct intensive statistical analysis investigating the relationship between hate crimes & confederate monuments in the US.
FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Tallahassee, FL
10 Week Assistantship - Research Assistant May 18, 2020 – July 31, 2020
Conduct research 30 hours per week with Dr. Terry Coonan & Vania Aguilar investigating Human Trafficking resources in FL.
FSU Global Scholars Showcase, Tallahassee, FL
Presenter December 3, 2021
Cruz Rodriguez, G. (Presented 2021, December). A Study of the Consequences of Image-Based Sexual Abuse Victimization among BIPOC Youth Survivors. Poster presented at FSU’s 2021 Global Scholars Showcase.
FSU President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, Tallahassee, FL
Presenter October 6, 2021
Cruz Rodriguez, G. (Presented 2021, October). A Study of the Consequences of Image-Based Sexual Abuse Victimization among BIPOC Youth Survivors. Poster presented at FSU’s President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.
FSU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Tallahassee, FL
Presenter April 9, 2020
Lantz, B., Wegner, M., and Cruz Rodriguez, G. (Presented 2020, April). Symbols of White Supremacy: The Relationship between Monuments to the Confederacy and Hate Crimes. Poster presented at FSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Tallahassee, FL
Presenter February 27, 2021
Lantz, B., Wegner, M., and Cruz Rodriguez, G. (Presented 2021, February). Symbols of White Supremacy: The Relationship between Monuments to the Confederacy and Hate Crimes. Poster presented at Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Florida State University.