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Senior Spotlight: Crystal Bustillos

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Crystal Bustillos is a graduate of the Denver Center for International Studies High School. She is a first-generation Mexican-American high school graduate and college student. Currently, Crystal is a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business and a minor in Chinese. 

Involvement and leadership positions in different organizations at the University of Denver have allowed her to shine and she has become a highly respected student on campus. Crystal has been involved in the VIP Program since she participated in the Summer Link Program during the summer before junior year of high school. For the past 4 years, she has volunteered with VIP by going back to her community and helping high school seniors attend college. She has also been a facilitator of VIP’s First-Year seminar in which she aids the transition into college of other VIP students. This year, she is serving as the Director of Communications for the VIP Program. She describes the role as a very exciting part of her senior year. Crystal also holds the position of Epsilon Chapter President of Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc. She has previously held the positions of Secretary and Vice President. Through Pi Lambda Chi, she has been committed to preserving Latina culture and giving back to her community. Most of her sorority sisters would describe her as a “well-rounded individual and highly involved on the DU campus and community.” In 2010 she was awarded “Most Dedicated Sister” of the year. Crystal’s passion lies in her culture and she is a strong, positive role model for family, friends, and members of the community. She is also a proud member of the Excelling Leaders Institute Program (ELI) offered by the Center for Multi-Cultural Excellence. With the support of ELI, Crystal was able to transition smoothly into college. The training she received from the program has contributed to Crystal’s leadership on campus.  The positions she has held and currently holds are testaments to her dedication to helping others succeed scholastically. She remembers how the organizations she is now a part of have provided her with comfort and support since her first year of college.

Crystal took advantage of the Cherrington Global Scholar’s Program and had the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing, China for a full semester. She has been studying Chinese for 8 years and she one day plans to master the world’s most difficult language. Crystal credits her high school for influencing her infatuation with international business and languages. While in China, she was fully immersed in Chinese culture and gained insight that cannot be learned in any classroom in the U.S. This experience has given her the ability to appreciate and thoroughly understand different cultures. Crystal is grateful of this opportunity as it has contributed to her growth as an individual. She wishes to return to China as a professional business woman.

During the summer, she continues to be active by participating in INROADS, an organization dedicated to developing and placing talented underserved youth in business and industry, and preparing them for corporate and community leadership. For the past two years she has held a Marketing position at Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 200 global provider of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions company. INROADS has exposed Crystal to the corporate world of business. While at Arrow, Crystal was able to be a vital part of creating an on-boarding process for new partners, as well as, learn the day to day duties of being a Marketing Manager. She anticipates attaining a permanent position after graduating college and plans to graduate school in the near future.