Monday, 03 December 2018 20:35

Leslie Fuentes

I have a distinct connection with Los Angeles and a personal interest in taking care of and educating people about our past, present, and future. I can’t wait to be a part of a team that enforces the importance of learning by educating people about the history of their local surroundings.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 20:33

Jose Gonzalez

I earned my B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. In the fall of 2015, I will begin my graduate program at California State University, Fullerton. This internship is an opportunity for me to build my professional experience and expand my research skills.

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Monday, 25 June 2018 21:51

First Week at Santa Monica Mountains

There were many exiting activities that I participated in this week but Wednesday’s was my favorite. We went on a field trip to the LA office, located right across from Placita Olvera, this office felt so welcoming to me. People were speaking Spanglish, eating Mexican food, and cracking jokes. In contrast to the countryside, which is mostly what I consider a very exclusive and unfamiliar space, the LA office felt a lot more like home.

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Monday, 09 July 2018 21:48

Unexpected Park Tour

This week I arrived to the visitors center expecting to do some work on the computer all day but I actually ended up taking a tour of some of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen.

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A few weeks ago I found out that my supervisor was leaving the park service to start a new life in another state. I didn’t really know how to feel because we had only known each other for a couple of weeks, yet he knew so much about me and my story. Now that it’s been a month and his last day is this week, I am sad that he is leaving but grateful that he taught me many valuable skills and lessons.

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Friday, 10 August 2018 21:36

A Weekend in Colorado

Ever since I was selected to be a LHIPster I had been looking forward to our trip to Colorado. I had passed by this state on my way to another but had never truly experienced its beauty. To say that I was blown away is an understatement, and the people that I met, the moments that we shared, and the conversations we had made it a once in a life time experience.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:15

Gabriela Meza

Gabriela Meza is a 3rd year Political Science major and Chicanx Studies minor at UCLA. She is Co-President of IGNITE at UCLA and one of the four Co-Founders of the chapter. Gabriela’s role is to facilitate the empowerment and training of young womxn to occupy the spaces that they need to be fully and justly represented in a government in which womxn account for only 20% of elected seats. Gabriela is also an activist that focuses on social justice issues such as income inequality, gentrification, education, and immigration. She hopes to run for office at the local government level and eventually transition to congressional seats in order to represent her community.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:11

Evelyn Hurtado-Doppenberg

Evelyn Hurtado is a recent graduate with a B.S. in Sustainability Studies and a B.A. in Political Science. During her work at the UCR Community Garden, “R’Garden”, she taught a university course called the Urban Garden Seminar focused on traditional and organic methods of farming. She has also interned at the National Conservation Lands System division at the Bureau of Land Management, CA. Evelyn work in the garden reflects her belief in empowering communities to sustain themselves. One day, she would like to offer my skills and knowledge to communities, write policies that protect and properly compensate farm workers, and see small intensive farms all over the world.  

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:05

Esmerelda Baklayan

Baklayan, 22, just completed her Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology. She’s been actively involved in the on-campus student organization Mujeres Unidas de UCR, having served as Community Service Chair and President. Baklayan plans to attend graduate school next year in hopes of becoming a professor of archaeology. She is very passionate about studying and experiencing diverse cultures and hopes to raise awareness of the vast amounts of underrepresented peoples of Southern California, both from past and present times.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:50

Brenda Ramirez

Brenda Ramirez was born and raised in Southern California. She is the first in her family to go to college and received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Feminism from the University of California Santa Barbara. Living next to a channelized river bed initiated her interest in natural and city issues. With the beach and other natural areas just a short walk away from campus, she gained a deeper appreciation for nature itself and realized how valuable having natural spaces nearby could be. She hopes to use her experiences and the knowledge she gains to not only spark a passion in others, but also to provide the tools and opportunities to make change as well.

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