Glen founded the Migrant Students Foundation in 2002 as a means for him to give back. As a former migrant student, Glen credits access to higher education as the key to reaching his and his parent’s dreams. The non-profit organization focuses on helping students of migrant/seasonal background to reach and succeed in higher education. The three areas of service include scholarships, internships and service learning. Upon finishing his graduate studies in experiential learning at Washington State University, Glen launched the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge in 2009 with the aim to nurture a growing & active learning platform for future nurses and doctors by which to engage the U.S. Hispanic/Latino community addressing several real-life problems concerning within areas of concern such as the low-participation levels as blood and bone marrow donors by the U.S. Hispanic/Latino community, issues in health disparity, shortages in health workforce diversity, and disease prevention. Utilizing several key components such as social identity, a call to action, and competition, this health service learning initiative grew from 42 initial colleges/universities in 2009 to 251 in 2013, now in partnership with most blood centers nationwide. The long-term objective is that each blood drive grow into a campus-wide health fair engaging all Latino/Hispanic-based and health-based student organizations of each campus promote 1) health education, 2) heath & science careers, 3) civic engagement, and 4) saving lives! Migrant Students Foundation was named 2012 Partner of the Year by Americas Blood Centers, the blood services industry trade association.
Glen’s varied professional background includes having served as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer, founder of a software development defense firm, national marketing director for the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, Mexico operations director for Briggs Equipment, and and a dozen years working within recruitment & retention of 1st-generation students within higher education (CSU Sacramento, Lewis-Clark State College, Washington State University; to include four years as director of one of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) federal grants. It is this rich professional backgound and his personal story as an immigrant and migrant that has helped Glen develop successful mentorship proograms, particularly for 1st-generation students such as himself. Ultimately, Glen considers himself foremost an educator and a problem solver. His passion is to develop ideas into reality.
World wide, immigrant children experience a multitude of barriers to education. The OECD published an Ebook called Untapped Skills - Realising the Potential of Immigrant Students.
In the United States, 650,000+ children with U.S. citizenship and immigrant status fall under the NCLB subgroup, Migrant Students. The families of these children follow harvest schedules of different crops on different farms throughout the nation. Children of all ages including elementary students work alongside their parents in the fields. During an television interview with Princeton University Public Access Channel, Glen Galindo, Executive Director of Migrant Student Foundation discusses the issues of the NCLB Migrant subgroup.