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.


  • People of Color Sustainability Coordinator

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    Liz Lee

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    Liz is a 2.5 generation Korean American originally from the East Coast. She graduated from UCSC in June with a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies. She is passionate about protecting place-based food ways and whole-hearted in her belief that agricultural work is also critically important cultural work. She feels happiest in a garden, eating fruit in the sun. She loves historical fiction, especially stories by and about women of color.

  • AIRC Lead Intern

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    Ashley Carrillo

    Tribal Affiliation(s): Navajo Indian

    Major: Cognitive Science

    3rd 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. 


  • AIRC Lead Intern

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    Aniela Quintanilla

    Tribal Affiliation(s):Oklahoma Choctaw

    Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    4th year

    About Me: Ani is a mixed-ethnicity 4th year Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major from Ventura, Ca. This is her fourth and final year as an intern and she looks forward to meeting new native students and community members at AIRC yearly events. She feels most at peace when she's outdoors or spending time with friends and family. Sce plans to pursue a career in public health, specifically epidemiology and hopes to attend graduate school at San Diego State University.


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    Bryan Xiong

    Major: Computer Engineering

    5th year

    About Me: Nyob Zoo! Hello!  My name is Bryan Xiong.  I am Hmong and a farmer from a small little town outside of Fresno, California.  I am a 5th year studying computer engineering with a focus on digital hardware.  I am affiliated with Merrill college, and the Hmong Student Association here at UCSC.  I have been an intern at the American Indian Resource Center for 5 years and I love it!  I love the space, and I love the community.  I enjoy playing all sorts of sports.


  • AIRC Intern

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    Rennea Howell

    Hey y'all, I'm Rennea. I am a third year MCD bio major affiliated with Oakes College. I'm from a small-ish town in Northern California called Yuba City. When I'm not working or cramming for midterms/finals I enjoy reading or going running or hiking around campus.

  • AIRC Intern

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    Jemzi Ortiz-Franks

    Tribal Affiliations :Northern Cheyenne, Lakota Sioux

    Major:Human Biology 

    3rd Year

    About Me: I am a Northern Cheyenne tribal member and 4th generation chicana from Billings, Montana, but I have also lived in Oregon, Texas and California. I dance in Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas de UCSC and I am historian for the club's 46th year! I am also a lead ambassador for The Cove on campus. Later on, I hope to become a pediatrician and work in native communities to improve native healthcare overall. 

  • AIRC Intern

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    Warner Scheibe

    Tribal Affiliation(s): Cherokee Nation

    Major: Computer Science: Game Design

    2nd year

    About Me: My name is Warner Scheibe. This is my first year as an AIRC intern, and my second year on campus. I'm a Cowell College affiliate. I am seeking a degree in Computer Science: Game Design. I enjoy playing basketball, reading, and playing video games. I am super excited to work towards the benefit of Native students here on campus!


  • AIRC Intern

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    Margarita Vargas

    My name is Margarita Vargas. I am from Sacramento, California and a tribal member of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians. I am a second year and am double majoring in Politics and History. Afterwards, I plan on attending law school to become a lawyer. In my spare time, I like to read, play video games, and travel. I hope to become highly involved on campus and help spread awareness of issues that affect our campus, community, and country.

  • PoCSC Intern

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    Stephanie Hernandez

    Major: Psychology

    2nd 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


  • PoCSC Intern

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    Valeria Paredes

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    Major: Environmental Studies/Economics

    My name is Valeria Paredes. I’m a second year at UCSC and a proposed double major in Environmental Studies and Economics. I’m an Oakes College affiliate from Los Angeles county. Xicana. Social and environmental justice are key interests of mine. I enjoy listening to music, playing tennis, and writing. This is my first year working at POCSC and I’m very excited to meet people of various backgrounds all coming together to reflect on our cultural values and ties to the natural environment.

  • PoCSC Intern

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    Ivette Torres

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    My name is Ivette Torres and I am a fourth year first-generation latinx at UCSC studying Chemistry. Originally from the Inland Empire, I find comfort in the desert and ironically in water.  I hope to study hydrology or toxicology in the future, so if y'all ever have questions about Chemistry and Water let me know. This is my first year working with POCSC, and I am excited to interact with a community of folks who understand or are willing to learn about the intersectionality of sustainability and environmental justice.