What challenges have you faced while pursuing higher education?
I can’t relate to a lot of students. I have lot of commitments to balance besides school and work. I need to also balance being a mother, family obligations, and my involvement in my son’s education.
How have you handled being a mother and pursuing higher education?
Mental strength and being surrounded by people who love me. This has motivated me to do the best I can for my son.
You were a student worker at the UCLA Labor Center. What kind of work did you complete there?
I was a student programming assistant and administrative assistant for the Dream Resource Center. In these roles, I supported events, searched for beneficial opportunities for students, developed newsletters, and helped with the logistics of the Dream Summer Fellowship.
Why was your work at the UCLA Labor Center important?
A lot of students have more than enough pressure with their school work so I felt my work was important because I was doing research to make them aware of the extracurricular opportunities available for them.
What did you enjoy about working at the UCLA Labor Center?
I enjoyed that there was always something different to work on, and there is always different events happening to take part of. It was a great atmosphere to work in – I enjoyed working with people with the same social justice mentality.
What is your favorite Labor Center memory?
My favorite memory at the Labor Center was when Senator Kamala Harris came for a roundtable on DACA and immigration. I felt very inspired and empowered to meet a woman of color in politics.
What was your favorite Labor Studies minor course?
My favorite Labor Studies class was a law class I took with Professor Noah Zatz. The class centered on race, the criminal justice system, the limitations that come with criminal records and solutions such as “Ban the Box”. These topics were of great interest to me given the community I grew up in. I appreciated the fact that Professor Zatz knows his privilege and was conscious of this in the way he designed the course and framed discussion about the topic.
Who or what inspires you?
My mentor, Pavitee Peumsang has been very inspiring and motivating to me. I met her through a program at ELAC , the John Delloro for Social Justice Transfer Program. I became close to her and learned she came to the US undocumented and still persevered. She’s completing her doctoral degree in December. She’s the reason I’m at UCLA. I was thinking about going to a local Cal State but Pavitee encouraged me to apply to UC’s. She told me she wanted to see more women of color there.
What are you doing after graduation?
Over the summer and fall, I will be studying for the LSAT and applying to law school. I will also be serving as a mentor for the John Delloro for Social Justice Transfer Program and working as a Community Service Officer for Southgate Police Department.
What is your dream job?
After law school, I aspire to become a juvenile defense lawyer and then transition into a position as a juvenile court judge. I am not far removed from the lived reality of gang violence and drug abuse in my community, particularly the factors impacting Black and Brown youth. I want to be in a position to address these factors and bring justice. Ultimately, I want to become a judge in the U.S. Supreme Court.
And finally..what 3 hashtags would describe your time as a Labor Studies Minor at UCLA?
#Community, #Organize, #ActivistScholar
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