DRC Staff Meet our student ambassador, Katya Alvarado 

Picture of Katya AlvaradoHello, 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! 

Meet the DRC Faculty Coordinator, Vanessa Lopez

Vanessa Lopez

Hello dear students, my name is Vanessa Lopez. I am a proud immigrant who was born in Mexico, Nayarit and migrated to the United States when I was eleven years old. When my family and I arrived in the country, we settled in South Central, Los Angeles where I lived for most of my life. A fun fact about myself is that I am an ELAC alumni, which is why I consider this campus a second home. As a former undocumented person and being the first in my family to pursue higher education, I faced many challenges throughout my undergraduate journey, which is why I can relate to 


is so important for me to serve as a support system and advocate for other undocumented students as they navigate college. While attending ELAC, I majored in Sociology and Chicanx Studies. Eventually, I transferred to UCLA where I earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Chicanx Studies in 2017. I am currently a graduate student working on a Master’s Degree in College Counseling and Student Services at CSUN. With my degree, I aspire to work as an academic counselor in the future in order to provide a pathway for students who want to pursue higher education. A few fun facts about myself: I love listening to music, rock music being my favorite genre. I also love hiking and spending time surrounded by nature. I also enjoy cooking and love to eat sea food!