We provide a vehicle for Chicano/Latino alumni from the University of California at
Irvine to reconnect with the university and former classmates, exchange information,
and meet new people. Our goals are to:
- Serve as mentors to current students
- Advocate on behalf of the Chicano/Latino community on campus
- Assist the university in the recruitment and retention of Chicano/Latino students
- Sponsor social networking events throughout the year
Join the UCI Chicano/Latino Alumni Club on Facebook. For more information, please contact Ramon Munoz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide full name as it appears on University records and year of graduation.
UCI Chicano/Latino Alumni Club
Jacqueline Arreola (BA Chicano/Latino Studies, minor in Educational Studies, 2007) has been the Site
Director for the Winners Reaching Amazing Potential (WRAP) After School Program with
the Long Beach Unified School District. since 2007. As an undergraduate, Jacqueline
was active in MEChA, Jump Start, HABLA, and the Sage Scholars Program.
Edgar Barba (BA Chicano/Latino Studies and BA Criminology, Law & Society, 2008) is employed as
a Basic Skills Instructor with the Safer Foundation in Chicago.
Luz Colin (BA Chicano /Latino Studies and BA Political Science, 2008) is the Program Coordinator
for Upward Bound at CSU Dominguez Hills.
Jorge Delmuro (B. A. Chicano/Latino Studies and Political Science, 2011) works as a student affairs
specialist with University Extension at UC Irvine.
Barbara Escobar (BA degrees in Chicano/Latino Studies and Psychology, 2009) is presently a doctoral
candidate in higher education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ms. Escobar
previously earned a master's degree in Education Policy Studies from the Graduate
School of Education at Harvard in 2010. Barbara completed the honors program in both
of her undergraduate majors. She studied abroad in Switzerland and Mexico and also
served as the house assistant in Casa Cesar Chavez in 2008-09.
Jose Flores (BA honors in Chicano/Latino Studies and Spanish, 2008) earned an M.A. in Spanish
literature and Mexican American Studies in 2012 from the University of Texas, Pan
American. He is currently a doctoral student in Spanish literature and Mexican American
studies at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Luis Fonseca (BA, Chicano/Latino Studies, 2006) is an administrative assistant in the communications
office in Social Sciences at UCI. He is enrolled in the M. S. program in Education
with a Concentration in Higher Education at California State University Fullerton.
J. Frank Galarte (B. A. Chicano/Latino Studies and Political Science, 2004) is an Assistant Professor
in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. He earned
a Master's Degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana
Champaign and recently graduated with his PhD in Educational Policy Studies with minors
in Latina/Latino Studies and Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Illinois
Urbana Champaign. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on this dissertation
entitled, "El Sabor del Amor y del Dolor: Affect, Violence and the (Trans)Body in
the Chican@ Historical Imaginary". His research interests are in Chicana/o Studies,
Queer Studies, Affect Studies and Transgender Studies.
Dulce Garcia (BA Chicano/Latino Studies and Sociology, 2006) works for the California Health Collaborative
as their Bay Area Health Educator with the "Every Woman Counts" program. She is also
a bilingual/Spanish community education consultant with San Francisco Women Against
Rape. Her short documentary With Conviction won the Audience Choice Award at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and recently
screened at the International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival in Paris as well
as festivals and conferences in Rome and Sicily.
Ana Gomez (BA Chicano/Latino Studies and Psychology & Social Behavior, 2008) graduated with
a M.Ed. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in
Lindsey Huber (BA Chicano/Latino Studies, BA Political Science 2003) is an assistant professor
at California State University, Long Beach, in the social and cultural analysis master’s
program in the Department of Education. She will be teaching master’s level courses
in critical pedagogies, social and educational inequalities, urban education, and
student identity, as well as agency and resistance in education. In March, Huber was
named one of four Outstanding Dissertation Fellows by the American Association of
Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). She serves as vice president of the Critical
Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA).
Aida Macedo (BA in Chicano/Latino Studies with Honors, BA in Political Science, cum laude, 2007)
received her J.D. from the School of Law at UC Davis in 2011. She recently served
as a legal fellow with Central California Legal Services, Inc.
Joseph Macias (BA in Chicano/Latino Studies with Honors, BA in Political Science, 2006) received
his J.D. from Columnia Law School in 2010. He is currently an Associate Attorney with
Sutton Hatmaker Law Corporation in Fresno. Mr. Macias had previously been employed
with the California Department of Justice in Los Angeles.
Saul Martinez (BA Chicano/Latino Studies and BA Criminology, Law & Society, 2007) earned a Master's
in Education in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College of Columbia University in
June 2013. Saul currently works as a college counselor at Xavier College Preparatory
High School in Palm Desert, California.
Christine Mata (BA Chicano/Latino Studies and History, 2003) earned a Master's degree in Student
Affairs Administration at the University of Michigan in 2007. Christine is currently
Assistant Dean of Students at UCLA and previously worked at Michigan State University
and California State University, Humboldt.
Rodolfo ("Rudy") Mondragon (BA Chicano/Latino Studies with minors in African American and Educational Studies,
2007) manages the Pre-College Programs at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Prior to this, he served as an Intercultural Relations Specialist at Gonzaga University
in Spokane. Rudy earned his M. Ed. in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Iowa State
University in 2010.
Jesse Pineda (BA Chicano/Latino Studies, 2006) earned his Master's degree in Public Policy and
Economics from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at University
of California, San Diego in 2010. Jesse currently works as an investment banker in
Victoria Ramirez (BA honors in Chicano/Latino Studies and Criminology, Law & Society, 2010) graduated
with a Master's in Social Work from USC in 2013.
Ambar Ramos Ward (BA honors in Chicano/Latino Studies, and Criminology, Law & Society, 2005) earned
her J. D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2010. She is an attorney with the
law firm Kegel, Tobin & Truce in Los Angeles.
Daisy Reyes (Ph.D. in Sociology, with an Emphasis in Chicano/Latino Studies, 2013) received her
BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. As a doctoral student
Daisy Reyes was highly lauded for her work, receiving the Sociology department’s Service
Award for research and teaching, and a competitive UC All Campus Consortium on Research
on Diversity (UCACCORD) fellowship that funded her dissertation. In May, 2011, the
Alumni association honored Reyes at the annual Lauds & Laurels banquet as the University’s
Outstanding Graduate Student in 2011. Ms. Reyes has just received a tenure track
position at the University of Connecticut.
Anacany Torres (Chicano/Latino studies and Psychology & Social Behavior, 2012) has received her
M. Ed. from the Rossier School of Education at USC.
Uriel Varela (BA Chicano/Latino Studies and History, 2008) completed his Master's degree in Latin
American studies at the University of Arizona in 2011. He is employed as a community
outreach coordinator for Molina Healthcare in Spokane, Washington.
Brenda (de la Cruz) Villanueva (BA in Chicano/Latino Studies with honors, BA in Political Science, 2005) is now
Policy Initiative Director (2012-2013) with the National Latina/o Law Student Association
(NLLSA). Brenda currently attends Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland.
prior to this, she was a Google Policy Fellow with the National Hispanic Media Coalition
and a Legislative Assistant with the US House of Representatives in the office of
Congressman Joe Baca.
Cindy Villanueva (BA degrees in Chicano/Latino Studies, International Studies, and Political Science,
2006) graduated magna cum laude and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, Cindy completed the honors program in Chicano/Latino studies under the
direction of professor Louis Desipio. She received her JD from UCLA in 2010. While
in law school, Ms. Villanueva was the recipient of both the Mexican American Bar Foundation's
Scholarship in 2009 and its Tom Unterman Scholarship in 2008. In 2010, she received
the highest score on the Arizona Bar Exam. Cindy is now an Associate at Lewis Roca
Rothgerber, LLP in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group in Phoenix. Her
IP practice focuses on trademark clearance and enforcement. Prior to joining the firm,
Ms. Villanueva was an extern for the Honorable Judge Philip S. Gutierrez. Ms. Villanueva
was recently recognized for her commitment to pro bono service at the firm's annual
John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon.
Erandi Zamora (BA honors in Chicano/Latino Studies and Political Science, cum laude, 2007) received her J. D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 2011. She is
employed as an associate counsel in the Legal Mobilization Project with the Lawyers'
Committee for Civil Rights under Law in Washington, D. C.