Madison Ceballos-Rivera

Class of 2026

Madison is a proud non-traditional, first-generation college student. She was born and raised in San Diego, California, and has an extensive resume that has enabled her to fulfill the position of GSSC's Diversity and Equity Representative. She is transferring in as a Junior and studying Human Rights. Her resume includes being a professional special effects makeup artist for the DOD, solo-backpacking Southeast Asia, becoming 200-hr yoga certified, 600-hr Ayurveda certified, becoming certified and operating her own birth and postpartum doula business, all while working at Trader Joe's. But with the intent of wanting a formal education to find her home in NYC, Madison returned to San Diego Mesa Community College to pursue psychology, only then to participate in my school's Speech & Debate team and realize how much she cares for advocacy and justice. She then decided to transfer to GS to pursue her undergraduate degree in Human Rights and JD and LLM in Human Rights & Social Justice. She plans to work on domestic and international Human Rights.

Returning to school in her mid-twenties, she feels it has given her the life experience and growing pains necessary to understand herself and her role as a Global Citizen. She is thrilled to broaden the spectrum of Diversity and Inclusion in her role here at GSSC. She hopes to gain community and knowledge from her time at Columbia University. Please say Hello and she hopes you all have a studious and enlightening academic year ahead!