UCI Dream Center

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Marco A. Firebaugh Housing Application 2023-2024

Interested in touring the Undocumented Themed Houses?

Explore the Themed Houses and see what we have to offer on Wednesday, February 1 at 5 PM using the QR Code or RSVP with the following link: tinyurl.com/firebaughtour 

Interested in applying?

Let's make it happen! Use the QR Code and apply to our Firebaugh House or use the following link: tinyurl.com/firebaugh23.

**The deadline to submit is February 10 at 11:59 PM!**

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the application, contact Dr. Laura Enriquez | lenriqu1@uci.edu

Meet the Scholars In Residence!

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Get to know our graduate student mentors, the Scholars In Residence (SIRs)!

Our SIRs support undergraduate students through workshops ranging from graduate school applications and to navigating graduate and professional school as an undocumented student. In addition our SIRs help graduate students foster a sense of community. Read more about them below!

SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE:

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Joseph Labagnao Ligunas (he/they)

5th year, Comparative Literature PhD Student

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Joseph Labagnao Ligunas is currently a PhD student in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine. Their research looks at post-war Philippine literature and the transmedial adaptation of Philippine history through time to interrogate the formation and transmission of “post-colonial” Philippine identity, nationalism, and culture. They are also currently serving as a Scholar-in-Residence co-lead at the UCI DREAM Center, mentoring and developing workshops to assist undergraduate students in their post-graduate goals.

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Diana Carreno(She/Hers)

5th year, Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Candidate

Office Hours: Fridays 2:00-4:00 pm

Diana Carreño is a 5th yr PhD candidate in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the lab of Dr. Shahrdad Lotfipour.  Her dissertation research aims to identify the genetic and sex-dependent mechanisms mediating adolescent nicotine seeking behavior. As a doctoral student Diana continues to uphold and commit to excellence through diversity in teaching, research and public service. She has mentored high school and undergraduate students in STEM to help them achieve their career and personal goals. She has worked closely with the UCI DREAM Center as a lead Scholar-in-Residence to provide professional development to undocumented undergraduate and graduate students.

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Gilberto Osuna-Leon (he/him)

2nd year, Medical Student

Office Hours: Mondays, 1 - 3 PM

Gilberto Osuna-Leon is a queer and DACAmented medical student at the University of California - Irvine! In particular, he is a dual degree (MD/Master’s) student with the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)! His goal is to make a difference in the lives of undocumented folks both in a clinical and community setting. He is from Mazatlan, Sinaloa but was raised in Madison, Wisconsin for most of his life. His interests lie in mentorship for undocumented students, community building, lifting/swimming, video games, and movies.

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Jenniffer Perez Lopez (she/they)

3rd year, Sociology PhD Student

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00pm

Jenniffer Perez Lopez is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department and is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Dream Center. They have a variety of interests such as transnationalism, Central America, and mixed-status immigrant families experience in the United States. She values working with undergraduate students from underrepresented communities and facilitating workshops to break down the hidden curriculum of higher education. 

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Jesus Lopez (He/Him)

1st year, Chemical Engineering PhD Student

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1 - 3 PM

Jesus Lopez is a 1st year Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department, he is also involved at The UCI DREAM Center as a SIR mentor where he hopes to help students develop their professional skills. His research focuses on characterization of surface morphologies and understanding the charging behavior of Pt for the purpose of fuel cell applications.

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Barbara Martinez Neda

4th year, Computer Science PhD Student

Office Hours: Mondays 11:00am -1:00pm

Barbara is a 4th-year Computer Science Ph.D. student and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Dream Center where she mentors and helps undergraduate students further develop their professional skills. Her research focuses on developing tools and exploring applications of machine learning in higher education to maximize student success.

Visit the UCI DREAM Center:

You can find us on the 4th floor of the Student Center South building, G458, also known as the RISE - Rooted in Student Empowerment Suite. We are co-located in this RISE Suite with the Latinx Resource Center, Womxn's Center for Success, and Sustainability Resource Center.

How to Find the UCI DREAM Center: https://youtu.be/cQa4iJl_Iws

How to Find the UCI DREAM Center | Wheel Chair Access: https://youtu.be/HqEnlWrRau0

Visit us!: https://youtu.be/ctNcQVsz2Wk

LOCATION

You can find us on the fourth floor of the Student Center South building, G458, also known as the RISE - Rooted in Student Empowerment Suite. We are co-located in this RISE Suite with the Latinx Resource Center, Womxn's Center for Success, and Sustainability Resource Center.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM


How to Find the UCI DREAM Center: https://youtu.be/cQa4iJl_Iws

How to Find the UCI DREAM Center | Wheel Chair Access: https://youtu.be/HqEnlWrRau0