UCI Dream Center

Meet The Staff

Professional Staff

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Angela Chuan-Ru Chen, Ph.D.

Director

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Undocumented Student Theme House an on-campus housing community for undocumented students and allies.

Scholars in Residence - Graduate Student Mentors

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Joseph Labagnao Ligunas

5th year, Comparative Literature PhD Student

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

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Barbara Martinez

4th year, Computer Science PhD Student

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

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Jenniffer Perez Lopez

3rd year, Sociology PhD Student

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1 - 3 PM

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Diana Carreno

5th year, Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Candidate

Office Hours: Mondays, 2 - 3 PM & Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

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Gilberto Osuna-Leon

2nd year, Medical Student

Office Hours: Mondays 3:00 - 5:00pm

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Jesus Alexis Lopez Ochoa

1st year, Chemical Engineering PhD Student

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

Student Staff

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Katherine J. Trujillo

Student Admin

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Yoselin Lopez Tellez

Student Admin

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Vanessa Rodas

Student Admin

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Jackqueline (Jackie) Marquez

Student Admin

DREAM Project Fellowship Coordinators

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Alexandra Farias

DPF Coordinator

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Andy Reyes Llamas

DPF Coordinator

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Yamileth Partida

DPF Coordinator

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Josue Mena

DPF Coordinator

DREAM Project Fellowship Fellows

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Yamir Aleman

Community College & High School Outreach

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Daniela Ramos Rodriguez

Community College & High School Outreach

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Fatima Mendoza

Undocumented Student Housing Fellow

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Maria Barrera Moreno

Communications

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Euclid Marquez

Communications