Our Team

Meet Our Team

AlmaAlma Martinez 
Interim Director 
almartinez@ucdavis.edu

Alma Martinez has over 16 years of experience in holistic academic advising and student advocacy in both academic and student affairs. Alma joined UC Davis in 2003 serving as the academic counselor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies and as the Coordinator, Chicana/o & Latina/o Student Affairs. Alma has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Development Studies and an M.A. in Leadership in Social Justice. Alma is from the Bay Area and enjoys sports, music, dancing, and singing, although she claims can barely carry a note. 

Alma officially joined the AB540 & Undocumented Student Center on March 1st, 2019 as the Interim Director for a six-month appointment.

 

Ignacio

Ignacio/Nacho Alarcón
Pronouns: They/them/theirs
Assistant Director
ialarcon@ucdavis.edu

The Assistant Director has several responsibilities at the Center, including one-on-one student advising, campus liaisoning, and oversight for the Mentorship & Professional Development (MPD) Fellowship Program, the UndocuPRIDE Speakers Bureau Fellowship Program, the UndocuAlly Program for Peers (UPP), and more. You can contact them with any questions you may have or schedule an appointment with them at www.calendly.com/ialarcon

Ignacio was raised primarily in Pennsylvania and studied philosophy, psychology, and political science as an undergraduate student. Nacho then completed a Master of Arts degree in Ohio while working with living-learning communities at Oberlin College, student conflict resolution at the University of Michigan, and student success at The Leadership Center outside of Los Valles, Honduras. After this, Ignacio served as a Resident Director and point-person for undocumented student support at The Evergreen State College before starting at UC Davis. As a proud Latinx, trans* person of color (TPOC) in higher education, they are passionate about advocating for, empowering, and cultivating kinship with underserved students towards liberation. Outside of work, you’ll find Nacho working in the community and exploring the natural and musical environments around them.

 

Carmen Valdivia-Ponce
Pronouns: She/Hers/Hers 
GSR - Education and Training Coordinator
ckvaldivia@ucdavis.edu  
Appointments available through calendly.com/carmenvaldivia

Carmen was born and raised in Cusco, Peru, where she used to work as a tour guide. She moved to California in 2001 and later earned an MA in Latin American Literatures at SJSU. She’s a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with a DE in Native American Studies. Her research explores the gendered construction of indigenous identity in Peru in light of the multicultural turn and the political armed conflict between 1980 and 2000. Through a feminist and decolonial analysis of different cultural productions including media archives, performance and a digital storytelling collaborative project—autobiographical mini-documentaries—with indigenous women leaders, Carmen examines how intellectuals, artists, civil organizations and official narratives sought to represent indigeneity, and how organized Indigenous women engage, contest and attempt to decolonize such representations. Previously, Carmen has served as director for the Davis Feminist Film Festival run by the WRRC. Outside work, Carmen sings with Mariachi Cielito Lindo and loves drawing and fooling around with her son, Joaquín. 

 

Valeria Blanco
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Community Advocate - Basic Needs Coordinator
vmblanco@ucdavis.edu

Valeria is currently a second year student pursuing a double major in Sociology: Organizational Studies & Spanish. Although she grew up in Pleasanton, California, she has roots in Lima, Peru. Her unique background and personal life experiences have led her to develop a passion in the areas of social justice and education. Moreover, as an upcoming Basic Needs Coordinator for the AB540 and Undocumented center, Valeria plans on devoting her efforts into implementing new programs and initiatives that best cater to the needs of the community. With that in mind, she is very excited to start the school year. 

 

Citlaly Hernández Durán
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Community Advocate - High School Outreach Coordinator
cahernandezduran@ucdavis.edu 

Citlaly was born in Baja California, Mexico and raised in Berkeley, California with her older sister. She is a first generation DACA student in her third year. Citlaly studies psychology and is on the pre-med track. She aims to help high school students transition into a 2-year or 4-year college by connecting them to academic resources. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on walks, and spending time with her family. 


Fun Fact: Citlaly practiced mixed martial arts in high school. 


 


Manolo Cirilo Santos
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Community Advocate - Transfer Outreach Coordinator
mcirilosantos@ucdavis.edu

Manolo is a second year Sociology major, and he is a proud first generation college student. He was born in General Pascual Fuentes, Oaxaca, México, and came to the United States at the age of four. His aim is to provide help and support to his peers within the community. He is responsible for preparing and coordinating Outreach Events with a main focus on Community College Outreach. Manolo also serves as Coordinator of the Outreach Ambassadors Program, which allows students to get involved in Outreach Events on and off campus.  Feel free to contact him if you have any questions or simply stop by the center and say hi!

Fun Fact: Manolo was literally born on a couch. 

 

Diana Martínez 
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Community Advocate - Administrative Coordinator
dpmartinez@ucdavis.edu 

Diana Martinez is a strong and persevering woman of Mexican descent. She is a first-generation student working towards a major in Political Science and Chicanx Studies, with a minor in Education. Born in Ahualulco del Mercado, Jalisco she came to the United States at the age of two. Both her academic and personal goals are motivated by her love and dedication towards improving her community. It is in part due to her community that she is so passionate about her future as an educator. She strives to create a dynamic classroom environment that deteriorates heteronormativity and encourages student engagement. She wants to make education accessible to all communities, specifically those who are underprivileged and underrepresented. As the Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator, Diana hopes to increase the center’s exposure and encourage active involvement from the community. She looks forward to meeting all of you, so don’t be afraid to stop by and say hi!

 

Angel Cardoza 
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Community Advocate - Publicity Coordinator
aacardoza@ucdavis.edu 

Angel is a 4th-year History major and education minor from South Central, Los Angeles. She hopes to eventually return to her LA community and become an educator. Angel's role in the center will include publicizing events and resources the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center provides to the UC Davis community. She enjoys talking, kpop and food. Feel free to say hi to her around campus or visit her at the center! 

 


 

Ofelia Ferreyra-Ruiz 
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Community Advocate - Mental Health Coordinator
oferreyra@ucdavis.edu 

My name is Ofelia Ferreyra-Ruiz and I am a third year Psychology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies double major. I was born in Morelia, Michoacán, México and migrated to the United States at the age of two. I was raised in Reedley, California, a small agricultural town that is predominantly Latinx. Due to my experiences as a DACAmented first generation student, I am passionate to support the Undocumeted community in the area of mental health. I’m excited to be a mental health advocate for the center, because I want to help foster a space where students feel comfortable having a dialogue about their mental health experiences. I am looking forward to meeting and establishing new bonds with students in the AB540 and Undocumented Center. 

 

Marcela Mendez 
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Community Advocacy Coordinator
mlmendez@ucdavis.edu 

Marcela is a fourth-year English and Chicanx double major. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico, Marcela is a DACA recipient, the oldest and the first in her family to go to college. In her free time, she enjoys going back to the Bay Area where her hardworking parents, her brothers William, Ryan and sister Rose reside. Operating in the world as an undocumented college student, Marcela refuses to waver or cower. Marcela yearns to deepen her roots on her college campus so that she can continue her work to empower the powerless. Her favorite snack is Takis so if you ever need anything, Takis is the way to her heart! She looks forward to conversing and working closely with anyone who stops by the center! Come say hello!