Aurora Rios Mendoza

I am a fourth year, currently in my second year here at UC Berkeley. I transferred from De Anza College and grew up in the Bay Area. Academically, I am interested in literature, specifically, women’s narratives and the ways in which the war on women has shaped the way women have and continue to navigate the world today. I love all forms of art and expression, as I think they are necessary to survive. I enjoy cooking with friends and family because it brings together community, allowing for moments of bonding. After my undergraduate career, I will be applying to graduate school in order to continue my studies.

Javier Lopez Quintana

Javier Lopez Quintana was born in Michoacán, Mexico. He was raised by two immigrant parents in South East Los Angeles in a small town called Maywood. Through his parents hard work and sacrifice, and his own, Quintana transferred from East Los Angeles College to UC, Berkeley. He is completing his final year as a Political Science major. Quintana also worked in a shampoo factory for a year and after seeing the mistreatment of immigrants and low-wage workers Quintana got political. He interned in Washington D.C for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and has worked with the American Federation of Teachers as a grassroots organizer to advocate for immigrant rights, public education, workers rights etc. These experiences help him tell genuine stories of what it is like to be underrepresented and undocumented in the United States. (U.S) Quintana is currently working in his honors thesis with the political science department on the impact film has on the model minority myth in the U.S.

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