Chicano/Latino Alumni

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 at UCI
  • Sponsor social networking events throughout the year

Join the UCI Chicano/Latino Alumni Club on Facebook.  For more information, please contact Ramon Munoz at  Please provide full name as it appears on University records and year of graduation.

UCI Chicano/Latino Alumni Club


Alumni Updates

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 2013.
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 Northridge.
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.


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