Resource Centers Assistants

  • Wendy Siguenza

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    Year: 4th
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Major: History & Sociology
    Affiliation(s): Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc., Chicanx Latinx Resource Center, Mujeres Activas en Letras Y Cambio Social, Pathways to Research, Measure 15 Committee
    I'm a first generation college student born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I'm a proud Latina who's passionate about empowering the folks in my community. Before entering college I advocated for health care resources on my high school campus. Through the process of campaigning and promoting the importance of access to health care for my community, it revealed other issues in my community that I became passionate about. I saw that my community was not being supported with proper resources and they needed help with things like mental health issues, were involved with drugs or abused alcohol, and how some of my classmates were forced to work to support their families. Many of these issues prevented some of my friends from going to college or following their life long goals. That is why I'm at UCSC and is involved with the Ethnic Resource Centers so I can help folks look for resources on campus. I especially enjoy helping folks find spaces on campus that can create a home away from home. The ERCs have been that for me, and along with that they help students by providing them with resources on and off campus whether that be school related or personnel. Also, the directors and support staff push us and tell us that we have the right to be in this institution. I hope to see you at the lounge!
  • Leila Torres Alvarez

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    Business Assistant
    Year: 3rd
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Major: Legal Studies & Latin American and Latino Studies 
    Affiliation(s): College Ten, Mujeres Activas en Letras Y Cambio Social, Chicanx Latinx Resource Center 
    I'm a proud and strong independent wombyn of Cem-Anahuac from San Diego, California. I'm very passionate about promoting empowerment to the people of color especially mujeres of color and working with the ERC allows me to encourage and advocate for higher education. Being a part of a supportive community allows me to grow, develop skills and network with beautiful and loving people.  
  • Imelda Mercado

    Lead Assistant
    Year: 3rd
    Pronouns: She/Her
    Major: Politics & Film and Digital Media
    Affiliation(s): Oakes Senate, Oakes College, Chicanx/Latinx Resource Center, Mujeres Activas en Letras Y Cambio Social, Pathways to Research
    I am a first generation student from Los Angeles who is extremely passionate about aiding the progress of historically oppressed groups. My high school days were spent learning as much as I could about my culture in between community actions and rushing through essays about long-dead white men. I think the resource centers are extremely important spaces for students that come from and identify with underrepresented groups and I am honored to be able to work with them.
  • Jared Michael Manguiat Semaña

    Lead Assistant
    Year: 3rd
    Pronouns: He/They
    Major: Politics & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
    Affiliation(s): Anakbayan Santa Cruz
    I am a son of South Stockton and who grew up in the ruins of Little Manila which formerly housed the largest Filipino American community in the early 20th century outside of the Philippines. As a part of the Ethnic Resource Centers, I was able to gain a stronger sense of my Filipino identity through my interactions with staff, other interns, and the cultural relevant programming the resource centers provide. As a first generation 3rd year student, I am excited to be a part of the Resource Centers again and mentor students from marginalized communities.
  • Annie Dou

    Year: 2nd
    Pronouns: She/Her 
    Major: Business Management Economics & Cognitive Science 
    Affiliation(s): Cowell College
    I'm a first generation Asian American from Virginia. I enjoy hiking, playing volleyball, and the window seat. Community empowerment is inspiring and has allowed me to build a mutually strong support system. 
  • Daniel Subdiaz

    Year: 4th
    Pronouns: He/Him
    Major: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies & Latin American and Latino Studies
    Affiliation(s): Student Alliance of North American Indians
    grew up in Los Angeles, CA and I am very thankful to attend UCSC. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and being active in general.