UCI Dream Center

Meet Our Team

DPF Peer Mentors:

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Carlos Zepeda (he/him/his)

5th year, Criminology, Law, and Society & Political Science Double Major

Bucket List: Skydiving

Aura Navarro

Aura Navarro (she/her/hers)

4th Year, Criminology Law and Society Major

Bucket List: Learn how to play the guitar

Nydia N. Mora

3rd year
Political Science & Sociology 

Bucket List: Visit Salem, Massachusetts, and move to Italy spontaneously

Nydia N. Mora (she/her/ella)

3rd Year, Anthropology & Sociology Double Major

Bucket List: Visit Salem, Massachusetts, and move to Italy spontaneously



Deya Chic (she/her/hers)

4th Year, Education & Spanish Double Major

Bucket List: Class IV Whitewater Rafting

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Diego Castro (he/they/them)

5th Year, Political Science & Chicano Latino Studies Double Major

Bucket List: Visit every country in Latin America.

High School & Community Outreach:


Gabriel Enciso (he/him/his)

5th year, Mechanical Engineering Major

Bucket List: Skydive and go to Japan

Carlos Benigno

Carlos Benigno Mendieta (he/him/his)

5th year, English Major

Bucket List: See the aurora borealis and another thing would be to see a glacier cave in person

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Alexandra Farias (she/her/hers)

3rd Year, Sociology Major

Bucket List: To go indoor skydiving and learn how to play the piano.


Yamileth Partida Reyes (she/her/hers)

2nd Year, Sociology & Criminology Double Major

Bucket List: Go scuba diving!



Kitana Carbajal Juarez (she/her/ella)

2nd Year, Art Major

Bucket List: Travel to Japan


Johanna Mejia (she/her/ella)

2nd Year, Psychology Major

Bucket List: Visit the stadium of my favorite soccer team in Spain and own a golden retriever.

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) 824-6390

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


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.


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.