UCI Dream Center

Meet Our Team

Scholars in Residence: Graduate Mentors

Ligunas, Joseph (1)

Joseph Christian Labagnao Ligunas (he/they)

4th year, Comparative Literature Ph.D Student

Bucket List: Living my truth, so: Meet Mariah Carey and open a bed and breakfast inn.



Diana Carreño (she/her/hers/ella)

4th year, Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. Candidate

Bucket List: Participate in a powerlifting competition



Barbara Martinez Neda (she/her/hers)

3rd year, Computer Science Ph.D. Student

Bucket List: Visit every Disney Park! Go skiing for the first time!

Professional Staff


Angela Chuan-Ru Chen, Ph.D.


angelacc@uci.edu | (949) 824-8225

Having been undocumented herself for 16 years, her experiences as an undocumented student throughout her undergraduate career has been an influence for her passion to support the undocumented student community. Angela most recently worked as the Director of the Undocumented Student Program at UCLA which served over 500 undocumented students, launched new programming, and built resources across campus departments to better serve undocumented students.

Additionally, Angela's institutional advocacy includes leading University of California system-wide efforts to increase awareness about policies that impact undocumented students and guiding universities across the nation to develop support programs for undocumented youth. Moreover, Angela also completed academic training in UCLA's Graduate School of Education.


Alejandra (Allie) Jeronimo

Program Coordinator

ajeroni1@uci.edu | (949) 824-6390

Alejandra (Allie) Jeronimo graduated from UCI in 2020 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Criminology. She is a proud Anteater and is excited to be back at UCI. During her time at UCI, she was involved with the undocumented student organization, Students Advocating For Immigrant Rights and Equity (SAFIRE), where she supported and advocated for fellow undocumented students through events and programs hosted by the organization. She has also been involved with the Student Alumni Association and served as Vice President of Membership during her last year at UCI. Alejandra is excited to continue supporting the undocumented student community and their families.


Luis Fuentes

Program Coordinator

lfuente1@uci.edu |

Hello everyone my name is Luis Fuentes. I am a UCI alumni and I am really excited to be back as a new Program Coordinator for the UCI DREAM Center. I grew up in Paramount California and one thing that I love to do is spend quality time with my loved ones and listen to music on the road. My goal this year is to uplift and support students and build community with them throughout the year.


Laura Enriquez, Ph.D.

Faculty in Residence

Dr. Laura E. Enriquez holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology and History from Pomona College. During her time there she began working closely with undocumented immigrant students. Building on this work, she has researched, presented, and published on a range of issues related to the educational, economic, political, and social experiences of undocumented young adults who immigrated to the United States as children. She has published multiple articles on the complex role that immigration status plays in the everyday lives of undocumented young adults.  Currently she is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, Of Love and Papers: Forming Families in the Shadows of Immigration Policy. 

She is faculty chair of UCI’s Committee for Equity and Inclusion of Undocumented Students and currently serves as the faculty advisor for UCI’s Marco A. Firebaugh House, an on-campus housing community for undocumented students and allies.