About the Staff

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    Dr. Rebecca Hernandez Rosser

    Rebecca Hernandez Rosser (Mexican-American/Mescalero Apache) earned an MFA in Exhibition Design and Museum Studies at California State University, Fullerton, then completed an MA in American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to earn her doctorate in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation, Past is Perfect in the Present Tense: Exhibiting Native America in Museums and Culture Centers, is an examination of the inherent complexities in the public representation of culture(s) -- including how the describing and defining of Native American objects aids in the construction of Amerindian identity. She has worked in a variety of institutions, including universities, museums and archives such as, University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Southwest Research, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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    Adriana Renteria

    Adriana Renteria is the Program Coordinator for the People of Color Sustainability Collective. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015. Adriana is a first generation queer Chicana who grew up in Merced, California. She’s passionate about education, youth empowerment, and fighting for economic and environmental justice. When she’s not at the Ethnic Resource Centers, you can catch her at the beach, the public library, or connecting with the wider Santa Cruz and Watsonville community. pronouns: she/her & they/them

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    Ashoka Alvarez

    Major: Environmental Studies

    4th Year

    About Me: My name is Ashoka Alvarez,and have an interest in urban planning and sustainable design that benefits both our communities and our environment. As a mixed race Asian, Latina, and European American woman, I am excited to be working for the PoCSC to explore themes of environmental justice within the context of different cultures.


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    Ashley Carrillo

    Tribal Affiliation(s): Navajo Indian

    Major: Robotics Engineering

    2nd year

    About Me:My name is Ashley Carrillo  and I am a returning second year student. I am from San Diego, California and enjoy listening to music and spending time with  my family. I am both Mexican-American and Navajo Indian. I am currently majoring in Robotics Engineering and hope to be the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. 


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    Jenn Figueroa

    Major: Sociology GISES Intensive

    4th Year

    About Me: I am about service learning and chilling with people. I am heading the focus groups for POCSC's research on the inclusiveness in regards to race, class, and gender of the sustainability movement on campus so I am hella excited to see what my peers are feeling and thinking about surrounding that.


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    Jemzi Ortiz-Franks

    Tribal Affiliation(s):Northern Cheyenne, Lakota Sioux

    Major:Human Biology Major, Chemistry Minor

     2nd Year

    About Me: Hi everyone! I am a Northeren Cheyenne tribal member as well as Mexican American and caucasian. I was born in Billings, Montana, but I have also lived in Oregon, Texas and California. I hope to become a pediatrician and work in native communities and improve native healthcare overall.

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    Cristal Gonzalez

    Major: Environmental Studies / Sociology

    4th Year

    About Me: I'm originally from San Jose, California and am a first generation student, oaxaqueña indigenous latinx. This is my second year working with POCSC and I am excited to continue expanding my knowledge and finding empowerment through community stories.

     

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  • Magdalena Olvera-Hernandez

    Magdalena

    Major: Anthropology   Minor:Legal Studies

    3rd Year

    About Me: My name is Magdalena Olvera Hernandez and I'm a chicana from San Pablo, Califiornia. When I'm not super busy with school and work, you can find me advocating for immigrant rights in the bay area.


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    Stephanie Hernandez

    Major: Psychology

    1st Year

    About Me: A queer Xicana from Southern California, Stephanie is a first year Psychology major at UC Santa Cruz. Serving as one of the Young Ambassadors for the Smithsonian Latino Center, she has an affinity for ancestral healing and community education. She looks forward to connecting her budding interest of curanderismo with sustainability while working in the PoCSC.By combining her work with PoCSC  she hopes to combine the two and create more accessible pathways for People of Color to find healing within themselves


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    Raymond LeBeau

    Tribal Affiliation(s): Pit River Tribe

    Major: Environmental Studies

    3rd year

    About Me: Greetings! My name is Raymond LeBeau,and I am a tribal member of the Pit River Nation in North-Eastern California.When I’m not in class, studying or working at the AIRC, you will most likely find me hanging out at Pacific Edge Rock Climbing Gym or cruising around derby skatepark.


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    Liz Lee

    Major: Latin American and Latino Studies

    4th Year

    About Me: I'm a fourth year student and I'm proud to say that it has been first and foremeost through my relationships with other students and staff that I've been able to dig into questions of environmental justice, acroecology and land-based movements for political sovereignty, justice and spirituality. I'm passionate about food and agricultural systems as a nexus of both social and envirnonmental critique and transformation.


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    Julisa Lopez

    Tribal Affiliation(s): Amah Mutsun

    Major: Psychology

    3rd year

    About Me: miSmin truhis kan rakat Julisa and I am a member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, who are local to these lands (Santa Cruz). I am a third year Psychology major and hoping to go on to graduate school. My research interests are in Cultural psychology and education.This is my second year as an intern for the American Indian Resource Center and highly recommend anyone to get involved or just come hang out with us at the ERC’s!


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    Aniela Quintanilla

    Tribal Affiliation(s):Oklahoma Choctaw

    Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    3rd year

    About Me: Ani is a mixed-ethnicity 3rd year Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major from Ventura, CA. She feels most at peace when she’s outdoors or spending time with friends,family and takes pleasure in interacting with other students and community members.


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    Geena Talley

    Tribal Affiliation(s):Karuk

    Major: Psychology, minor in Education

    2nd year

    About Me: 

    Geena is a Karuk Tribal member and a sophomore affiliated with Porter College. She is a Psychology major who also aims to minor in Education. She has a strong passion for teaching, at the elementary school level, and is very excited about the prospect of being able to provide the resources and tools necessary in order to benefit the wellness and education of Native students.


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    Bryan Xiong

    Major: Computer Engineering

    4th year

    About Me: Nyob Zoo! Hello!  My name is Bryan Xiong, and I am a farmer from Sanger, California.  This is my 4th year studying computer engineering, and I am affiliated with Merrill College and the Hmong Student Association at UCSC.  I have interned for the American Indian Resource Center for 4 years.  I love playing sports and helping out communities around me.  


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    Pang Yang

    Major: Literature

    4th Year

    About Me: My full name is Pang Yang. I am a fourht year Literature major and something I would like to share is that I love peach snow boba, watching anime, reading and learning.