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Camila Vallejo

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Camila Antonia Amaranta Vallejo Dowling (vah-yay-ho) (born 28 April 1988 in Santiago) is a Chilean geography undergraduate student and member of the Chilean Communist Youth. As president of the University of Chile Student Federation (Fech) and main spokesperson of the Confederation of Chilean Students (Confech), she led a movement for better access to quality education at the end of April 2011 — which continues as of December 2011.

Vallejo is the daughter of Reinaldo Vallejo and Mariela Dowling, both historic members of Chilean Communist Party and activists in the Chilean resistance during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Vallejo lived her childhood between the communes of Macul and La Florida, and she studied in Colegio Raimapu, a Co-Ed private school in La Florida.

In 2006, Vallejo entered the University of Chile to study geography. There, she started forming ties with leftist students and getting involved in politics, which led her to join the Chilean Communist Youth the next year. She was counselor of Fech in 2008, and was chosen as its president in November 2010, becoming only the second woman to hold this post in the 105-year history of the student union.