Meet Our Staff

Andrea Gaytan


Andrea Gaytan
Center Director
agaytan@ucdavis.edu

Andrea Gaytan possesses over 15 years of advising and advocacy experience working with underrepresented and underserved student populations. She has worked on the UC Davis campus since 2009 and uses a cross-cultural and social justice lens to critically engage in her work. Andrea has previously worked in her hometown of El Monte with recently arrived immigrant youth in the public school system, advocating for their educational needs as well as assisting with their identity development and empowerment. In addition, she has worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico with adult immigrants.  She has lived in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico where she was an English Professor.  Andrea is also the proud mother to two children.
Office Hours:  by appointment

Daniela De La Cruz


Daniela De La Cruz
Mentorship Coordinator
dvdelacruz@ucdavis.edu

Daniela began her college journey back in 2007 at the University of California, Davis where she was classified as AB540 and undocumented student for tuition purposes. Going through college as an undocumented student back when there was little to no support for this student population on campus, Daniela first hand experienced the added challenges of navigating a research institution as an undocumented student. Wishing that no other student would ever have to experience the same hardships she went through as an undocumented student, Daniela focused her efforts on helping our campus community become more in tune with the specific needs of AB540 and undocumented students like herself.
Office Hours: by appointment

Hector Gamero


Hector Gamero
Education and Training Coordinator
hegamero@ucdavis.edu

Hector is currently a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and his Masters in Mechatronics, all at UC Davis. His current research interests include: mechatronics, robotics, real-time processing, computer science and dynamics. Hector was born in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico and arrive in the USA at age 6.
Office Hours: by appointment

Yvette Lemus


Yvette Lemus
Academic Coordinator
ylemus@ucdavis.edu

Yvette Lemus is a 5th year undergraduate student studying Sociology, with a minor in Chiano/a studies. She currently serves as the Academic Coordinator at the AB 540 and Undocumented Student Center. As a first generation college student, she understands the challenges of succeeding at the university level. This academic year, Yvette looks forward to being a resource to students who may be struggling personally or academically and assisting them to find their own path for success at this university. In the future she aspire's to become a doctor specializing in internal medicine. She is from a very small agricultural community called Strathmore located in central California. In her spare time Yvette enjoys to read, work out, play volleyball, and spend time with friends.
Office Hours: by appointment

Yajaira Ramirez Sigala


Yajaira Ramirez Sigala
Advocacy and Policy Coordinator
yramirezsigala@ucdavis.edu

Yajaira is a second year undergraduate currently undeclared in the College of Agricultural and

Environmental Sciences. Raised in Turlock, Yajaira plans on focusing her career in the Central Valley in pursuit of working with agricultural laborers and her community from an environmental justice aspect. In her free time Yajaira can be found either out in nature or attempting to perfect some sort of arts & crafts.


Adriana 
Transfer Outreach Coordinator

Adriana is a 5th year undergraduate student studying environmental science and management. She is from San Mateo, California where she attended Cañada College. In order for her to transfer to the University of California, Davis, she applied to various scholarships in which she has been a recipient of. Adriana is currently the Transfer Outreach and Retention Intern at the AB540 & Undocumented Student Center. She will be working with local community colleges and transfer students by providing workshops, panels, and mentorship. As a transfer student herself, she feels that having support and resources makes navigating the University of California, Davis more enjoyable. Throughout her time at Davis, she has been part of various internships opportunities and has also co-founded the Environmental Justice for Underrepresented Communities club. In her free time, Adriana likes to hike, run, and play ultimate frisbee.
Office Hours: by appointment

Derick Romero


Derick Romero
Administrative & Volunteer Coordinator
deromero@ucdavis.edu

Derick is a 4th year undergraduate student double majoring in Chicana/o Studies and Economics. He received his A.S in Business Administration from Modesto Jr. College. He has over nine years of management experience. He hopes to empower his community by sharing adverse situations he had to overcome to reach higher education. Derick currently serves as the Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator at the AB 540 & Undocumented Student Center. In his role he is responsible for recruiting, training, and coordinating our very dedicated volunteers to help in our day-to-day and program operations. One of his favorite pastime is snowboarding and partakes in extreme sports. He was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and his hometown is Modesto, Ca, in the Central Valley.
Office Hours: by appointment

Estefania Pacheco


Estefania Pacheco
High School Outreach Coordinator
espacheco@ucdavis.edu

Estefanía is a High School Outreach and Retention Intern. She grew up in Madera, CA and in Mexico, Guanajuato.  She is passionate in assisting the greater community on pursuing their aspirations in life. Estefania is a 3rd year, majoring in English and minoring in Writing and Human Rights–double minor. She will be attending law school in Massachusetts after her undergrad. Aside from school, she loves to read and write poetry. 

Estefanía reaches out to local high school students to aspire and empower them to pursue higher education. She informs students, who identify as AB 540 and undocumented, of the resources accessible and available to them. As a Retention Intern, she educates and advocates for students through the creation of programs, workshops, and interventions. She also continues to assist students and families in our greater Davis community.

Office Hours: by appointment

Alfredo Lopez Aguirre

Alfredo Lopez Aguirre
Media Intern
alalopez@ucdavis.edu

Alfredo is a second year double majoring in Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior and Chicanx Studies. He is originally form Michoacan, Mexico. Alfredo plans to go to medical school and specialize in pediatrics to work with underrepresented and marginalized communities to bring  health equity. Alfredo hopes advise students and be a positive impact in communities where role models lack. Being the first person in his entire family to attend a four-year research institution, Alfredo hopes to create a path for others to follow. Some of his passions include health care advocacy, immigration rights, and art.

Amy Barnett


Amy Barnett
Legal Fellow

Amy is an Attorney Fellow with the UC Undocumented Legal Services Center. She provides free immigration legal services to UC Davis students and their family members. Amy received an A.B. in Religious Studies from U.C. Davis in 2009 and a J.D. from U.C. Davis’ King Hall School of Law in 2015. Prior to and during law school, Amy worked as an advisor on campus for visiting international students. After graduating from law school, she served as the Legal Fellow for the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic’s Unaccompanied Undocumented Minor’s Project. Amy grew up in upstate New York and on the Big Island of Hawaii, but she considers Davis to be her home. Please email Amy at ucimm@law.ucdavis.edu to schedule an appointment.

*The above office hours are for Summer 2016. Please feel free to contact staff members to schedule appointments.