DRC Staff Meet our student ambassador, Katya Alvarado
Hello, 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
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!