UCI Dream Center

UPCOMING EVENTS:

1005 Graduate & Professional School Application Workshop

Join the DREAM Center Scholars in Residence on Tuesday, October 4th for a session filled with information on applying for graduate and professional school!

Our graduate student mentors will be giving tips and strategies for preparing your application as well as provide some time for a Q&A session.

Make an Appointment with Us!

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Welcome to our NEW Staff Attorney, Elda Rosales!

We are very excited to welcome the new staff attorney Elda Rosales for the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center! We encourage you to stop by the RISE Suite and meet Elda!

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Elda S. Rosales is the new Staff Attorney for the UC Immigrant Legal Services at UC Irvine. Elda is an Anteater (class of ‘14) and received a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies. She graduated Law School from the University of La Verne, College of Law in 2019 and was on the University’s Law Review. Elda’s passion from Immigration Law is fueled by her own experiences growing up in a mixed status family. Prior to joining UC Immigrant Legal Series, Elda served as a Staff Attorney at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) providing free immigration services to students within the California Sate University system and Community College. On her free time Elda enjoys cooking, spending time with family and walks with her boxer,, Arya.
Contact Staff Attorney, Elda Rosales:

SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE:

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Joseph Labagnao Ligunas (he/they)

5th year, Comparative Literature PhD Student

Office Hours: Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm

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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Barbara Martinez Neda

4th year, Computer Science PhD Student

Office Hours: Mondays 10am -12pm

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.

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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 3:00-5:00 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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Diana Carreno(She/Hers)

5th year, Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Student

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 12:00-2:00PM

Gilberto Osuna-Leon: bio coming soon!

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