Meet Our Staff
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 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.
Education and Training Coordinator
Hector is currently a seventh year Ph.D. student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 2004 and 2006. He received his Masters in Mechatronics at UC Davis in 2010. His current research interests include: mechatronics, robotics, real-time processing, computer science and dynamics. Hector was born in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico and arrived in the USA at age 6. Fun Fact: Hector enjoys playing soccer so much he has gotten 2 new knees for it!
Office Hours: by appointment.
Student Assistant to the Director
Carla Trujillo is a fourth year Sociology major with an emphasis in Law and Society with a minor in Chicano/a Studies and University Writing, and is from Los Angeles, CA. She aspires to be a future attorney to help younger generations from entering the Criminal Justice System by providing them with alternative educational resources. She is working towards her goal by helping with high school outreach by providing resources and information that will help guide students through different future paths. As well as, serving as an administrator of the front desk and center by training and coordinating with our volunteers. She enjoys to help and serve as a resource to the community, so feel free to contact her with any questions.
Fun Fact: I have attended over 7 elementary schools growing up.
Office Hours: by appointment
Alfredo Lopez Aguirre
Alfredo is a fourth-year double majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior & Xicanx Studies with a minor in Public Health. Originally from La Piedad, Michoacán, Alfredo immigrated to the US at the age of 10 and settled in Manteca. Throughout his undergrad, Alfredo has been involved with various immigrant grassroots organizations working as a community organizer. In the future, he intends to practice medicine as a physician in the Central Valley, working with farm workers. At the center, he will be coordinating and managing specific programs and events. Come by and say hello!
Portfolio: Advocacy, Attorney Assistant, High School and Community College outreach, Social Media, Chancellor's Undergraduate Advisory Board.
Mirna is a third year, double majoring in Political Science and Sociology with an emphasis in law and society and a minor in Chicanx studies. She is a first generation college student from Watsonville, CA, located in Santa Cruz County. She is the eldest daughter of two, and has a sister attending UC Davis as well, #GoAggies! Mirna’s aspirations include attending law school, where she hopes to specialize in immigration or farmworkers rights as they are pressing issues that have shaped her. You can always catch Mirna with a smile on her face, so do not hesitate to say hello!
Fun Fact: Mirna is the biggest “The Office” fan, she dares you to challenge her fandom.
Office Hours: By appointment.
Portfolio: HS Outreach, Ambassador Program, Scholarship workshops.
Alondra is a fifth year NPB and Chicanx Studies double major. As an aspiring doctor she aims to provide low cost health care services for low income families and communities of color. She is a first-generation student born in Zacatecas, Mexico and raised in the Central Valley since age three. Part of how Alondra will serve our Center as a Community Advocate Intern, will be by coordinating various outreach events, both on and off campus to raise awareness of resources available to our undocumented community. She will also manage the Ambassador Program and put together scholarship jams throughout the year.
Portfolio: Media, Extended Study hours.
Adanna Ilori is third year student at UC Davis studying Design and Managerial Economics. Her educational goal is to graduate with her bachelors in Design and complete her preparatory Business classes, in preparation for graduate school. Adanna was born in Lagos, Nigeria and she has lived in Northern California since she was 10. Part of how Adanna will serve our Center as a Community Advocate Intern is by helping Hector in media, providing website support and also creating fliers and handouts for upcoming events. In addition, Adanna will also be in charge of the extended study hours on Wednesday from 6pm-8pm.
Fun fact: Adanna is a fashion designer and coded her portfolio website! Want to know more? Come and have a chat with her! Also feel free to contact her anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: by appointment
Manolo Cirilo Santos
Portfolio: Volunteer Coordinator
Manolo is a first year History major. He is a first generation college student. Born in General Pascual Fuentes, Oaxaca, México. He came to the United States at four years old. His aim is to provide help and support to his peers within the community. He is responsible for training students who would like to volunteer at the center, as well as answering any questions to the best of his ability. Feel free to contact him or stop by the center and say hi!
Fun Fact: Manolo was literally born on a couch.
Pronouns | She, Her, Hers
Portfolio: Attorney Assistant, Mental Health Awareness
Valencia is a fourth year transfer student double majoring in Anthropology and International Relations with an emphasis in People and Nationalities. She is a proud #BlackAggie from South Sacramento, and her personal experiences with social inequities and Black/Latinx identity have shaped her desire to go to law school. She aspires to pursue a career in Human Rights/Reproductive Justice law with an emphasis in protecting the rights of Black/Afro migrant communities. She'd especially like to work to bring more awareness to the needs of Black/Afro undocumented communities as well. This year, Valencia will be serving The Center by working as a liaison with UCIMM, helping coordinate general outreach, and programming Mental Health awareness programs such as Mellow Mondays and Coffee Talks. Mellow Mondays has made Monday the new highlight of her week, and she really enjoys the opportunity to meet and talk with ya'll while decompressing over a craft activity!
Fun fact: She's an Aquarius!
Portfolio: Volunteer Coordinator
Michelle Diaz is a first-year student at UC Davis studying Communications with a focus on broadcast news and a minor in Managerial Economics. As the first one in her family to attend a university in the United States, her education goal is to graduate in four years with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Michelle was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador and moved to the U.S six years ago; from the moment she moved to the U.S. she has resided in Los Angeles, California. Part of how Michelle will serve our Center as a Community Advocate Intern is by working alongside with Manolo Santos to coordinate any incoming volunteers that would like to help out at the center, as well as answering any questions that the volunteers and the community might have. Feel free to reach out to her if you are interested on becoming a volunteer for the 2018-2019 year!
Fun Fact: Michelle is a Disneyland lover and knows exactly where everything is located at the parks!
*The above office hours are for Winter 2019. Please feel free to contact staff members to schedule appointments.