The Latinx Admit Weekend Committee would like to thank all alumni and student panelists. Thank you for sharing your valuable insight and experiences.

Alumni Panel

I am currently a first year PhD student at the Program in Biomedical & Biological Sciences (PIBBS) of the Keck School of Medicine at USC. I plan to complete my PhD project in the areas of development, stem cells, and regeneration. My day-to-day routine consists of working in lab where I read a lot of scientific papers, plan experiments, and perform experiments. I also take classes on relevant biomedical topics. I live a extremely busy life as a PhD student but I get to learn and develop as a scientist everyday surrounded with a super supportive community of students and mentors.

Alma  Zuniga Muñoz

PhD Student and Researcher

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Rosamari is a first year graduate student at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) pursuing her Masters of Science in Biological Sciences. Her general study interests are marine biology, conservation biology, ecology, and environmental studies. She is conducting research on rockfishes, specifically looking at the entire genome to identify genomic regions associated with ecological divergence (depth) between two species. In addition to attending classes and doing research, Rosamari also works in the Graduate Resource Center at her institution as a Thesis Reviewer. In her free time, you can find her enjoying concerts with friends, scrolling through Latinas-in-STEM tik toks, or indulging in a sweet cup of coffee.

Rosamari Orduna

Masters Graduate Student

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Areli is a CSU Legal Assistant based out of CARECEN's San Bernardino office. Before joining CARECEN, Areli was a law clerk for the Immigration Unit at the San Bernardino Public Defender's Office, where she expanded upon resources by creating the Inland Empire Immigration Legal Resources Booklet with low-cost/free immigration legal resources, trusted immigration attorneys, community resources, and a 'Know Your Rights' section. Areli was also an intern at the Los Angeles Superior Court's Self-Help Center through Justicecorps, where she empowered self-represented litigants by providing legal information, assisting with paperwork, explaining court processes, and providing language assistance. Areli attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied Political Science and Public Affairs. She hopes to attend law school in the near future and become an immigration attorney. In her free time, Areli enjoys trying new local food spots, going to concerts and festivals (pre-Covid), and walking her dog Bean (frijol).

Areli    Lopez

CSU Legal Assistant

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Kristal is a current first year graduate student at Vanderbilt University in Peabody College in the Special Education department. She is pursuing her Masters of Education degree focusing on Severe Disabilities. At UCLA, she was a part of Bruin Belles, the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Program and the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP), to name a few. While at UCLA, her passion for autism research propelled her to Vanderbilt where she currently is studying neurodevelopmental disorders, severe challenging behavior, and the best teaching techniques for students with severe disabilities. While being a full-time student, Kristal is a Social Media Manager for the All Ways Up Foundation and a babysitter. During her leisure time, catch Kristal at concerts in Nashville or with a captivating romance book in one hand, and a matcha latte with oat milk in the other.

Kristal Orta Martinez

Masters Graduate Student


Student Panel

Year: 2nd

Major(s): Chicanx and Central American Studies and African American Studies

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles, CA

Aaliyah Farias
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Rosie Hernandez
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Year: 4th

Major(s): Labor Studies

Minor: Chicanx and Central American Studies 

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Trejo Resendiz

Year: 4th

Major(s): Chicanx and Central American Studies

Minor: Spanish 

Hometown: Richmond, CA

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Catherine Cueva

Year: 3rd Year Transfer

Major(s): Political Science

Minor(s): Chicanx and Central American Studies & Public Affairs 

Hometown: Stanton, CA

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