DRC Staff

Elizandro Umaña, Coordinator

Picture of Elizandro Umaña, CoordinatorElizandro Umaña was born and raised in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westlake District and pre-gentrified Echo Park, where he still lives today. Elizandro is the proud son of Salvadoran refugee parents who migrated to the U.S. during the Salvadoran Civil War. His lived experiences and community reinforced a passion for social justice. As a first generation college student, Elizandro studied Sociology and Latin American Studies at Cal State LA. His research interest includes coloniality, racial capitalism, policing, criminalization, immigration, critical pedagogy, and Central American Studies. 

 Elizandro joined the East Los Angeles College Student Services family in fall 2015. There, Elizandro co-founded the ELAC Safe Zone Coalition, serving as a trainer to center the experience of undocumented students and LGBT+ students at ELAC; Co-directed the ELAC Male Leadership Academy (2016-2018), providing mentoring and academic support to men of color; Coordinated GO East LA (20152019), a college and career pathway program in partnership with LAUSD & Cal State LA, Coordinated the Los Angeles College Promise program (2017-2019). Currently, Elizandro is a staff coordinator for ELAC’s Dream Resource Center, and ELAC’s Education Justice Scholars Program serving undocumented students and formerly incarcerated students.  

 Beyond his passion for education and social justice, Elizandro enjoys the simple things in life. In his personal time, Elizandro enjoys being near the water swimming and enjoying the sun, out in nature hiking or camping, listening to music and pretending he’s a karaoke star or soul train dancer, and traveling or going on long road trips to experience the amazing world we live in and photographing the journey.

Katya Alvarado, Student ambassador

Picture of Katya Alvarado, Student ambassadorHello, my name is Katya Alvarado. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. I migrated to the United States when I was 4 years old. I can still vividly remember the journey both my mother and I had to make. An experience to which I will never forget and one that has shaped me into the resilient person that I am today. Once in the United States, my family and I resided in East Los Angeles where I still live today. Along with being undocumented, I am also a first-generation college student attending East Los Angeles College. I am currently in my second year of college, majoring in Psychology. I want to transfer to a university where I want to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, I aspire to attend medical school where I want to earn a Master’s degree, and later a Ph.D. in Psychology. My overall goal is to pursue a career as a Psychiatrist within the mental health field. 

I began working at the Dream Resource Center in November of 2019. As an undocumented person and a first-generation college student, I am very honored for having the opportunity to serve, support and advocate for other undocumented students on campus and in our community through my current role as a DRC student ambassador. 

During my free time, I enjoy going out to explore new places and restaurants. I enjoy going to concerts/shows of my favorite artists. My favorite genre of music is Indie/psychedelic rock, but I am always open to expanding my music taste! I have also just started getting into astrology and learning about the different aspects of it!