UCI Dream Center

Meet the DREAM Center Staff

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Student Staff

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Allie Jeronimo

Marketing Coordinator

4th year, Anthropology and Criminology, Law and Society Double Major

Bucket List: Do a Color Run and see the Northern Lights

Favorite Holiday: Halloween. There is so much history behind Halloween, plus all the fun music, and candy. Also I don't need to buy anyone a present.

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Elisabet Barrios Mateo

Graduate Fellow

2nd year, Sociology Doctoral Student

Bucket List: Ride a hot air balloon and visit Japan.

Favorite Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Due to its historical significance and because it grants me a 3 day weekend close to my birthday.

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Luis Moreno

2nd year, Undeclared

Bucket List: Learn to swim

Favorite Holiday: My favorite holiday is Halloween because I can be whoever I want for a day.

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Luis Fuentes

Assistant Program Coordinator

4th year, Education Major

Bucket List: To travel the world and talk to different people.

Favorite Holiday:  My favorite holiday is Christmas because of the food and my family coming together.

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Marco Ortiz Sanchez

3rd year, Business Administration Major- Emphasis in Finance, Digital Information Systems Minor 

Bucket List: Go skydiving

Favorite Holiday: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because of all the food and then Black Friday.

Keon Ho Kim

International Studies

Bucket List: To buy a Tesla

Favorite Holiday: My favorite holiday is Christmas because everyone's so loving!

 

Rachel Lee

Program & Marketing Assistant

3rd year, Political Science Major

Bucket List: Go skydiving

Favorite Holiday: Christmas. I love all the festivities, spirit, and season. This is my peak baking and DIY time, because I love handmaking gifts for friends and families.

Professional Staff

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Oscar Teran, Esq.

Director

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

Oscar Teran is UCI’s first Dreamers Resource Center Director. Mr. Teran completed his Juris Doctor at University of California, Hastings College of the Law and has pursued social justice as a public interest attorney through roles at California Rural Legal Assistance and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Prior to these roles, he held positions in student services and academic administration at Hastings and at Chapman University.

Mr. Teran’s experience as an academic administrator is complemented by his long-standing commitment to immigrant advocacy, which led him to initiate Chapman University’s development of Dreamer Support and Ally Training. His unique expertise as a student services professional and practicing attorney will support UCI’s commitment to an inclusive campus climate and continued growth in our capacity to ensure that undocumented students have the same range of opportunities, experiences and success as their peers, at UCI and beyond.

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Angela Chuan-Ru Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

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.

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.