Miguel Garate moved to Austin in 1997 and worked as a supervisor and interpreter for Spanish speaking employees at Quality Pork Processors. In 2000, he began his career at Riverland Community College as Minority-International Student Advisor where he was an advocate for immigrants and international students in Austin. Miguel worked tirelessly to help newcomers adapt to life in the United States. He organized many community cultural diversity programs while serving on the boards of the Welcome Center, United Way, YMCA, Apex Austin, Austin Public Library, Habitat for Humanity, Human Rights Commission, and others. Miguel has been vital to the process of Austin becoming a welcoming community to our growing diverse population.