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Together, Brenda Damián Ortiz and Brenda Islas Romero offer presentations about financial aid, AB540/undocumented community updates, journeys to higher education, and workshops on the California Dream Act Application. Other events include scholarship jams for AB540/undocumented students, student panel presentations and much more! Fill out this form to request outreach from our Center and we will reply as soon as we can.

Brenda Damián Ortiz

CONTACT   

Brenda Damián Ortiz​​​​
Community Advocate for Political Education
ucdundocoutreach@gmail.com

Brenda Islas Romero
Community Advocate for Community Development
ucdundocoutreach@gmail.com

Damián's portfolio consists of being the Political Education Intern for the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center. Damián comes from a predominantly Hispanic/Latine hometown that identifies heavily with the undocumented immigrant community. Therefore, a lack of resources and access to services that promote higher education is to this day an ongoing issue faced by undocumented immigrant folks. Damián's experience as an undocumented high school student was inadequate and unsupportive system towards preparing her for higher education. However, it ultimately served as an eye-opening experience, motivating Damián's to engage in her community to support undocumented students holistically and help them prepare to navigate the educational system. Damián's passion towards advocating for her community towards supporting and empowering middle school, high school, and college undocumented students to strive and prosper in a higher education setting is one of her primary goals during her engagement as the Political Education Intern. In doing so, Damián strives to present and inform students about the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center resources/services and opportunities offered to them, while also providing a support system for them that she wished she had as a middle school and high school. Damián wants to continue pushing the importance of engaging with middle and high school undocumented students, which not only can be accomplished through these outreach efforts, but also during community building events held by the Outreach Team. 

Brenda Islas Romero

Brenda’s portfolio consists of being the Community Development Intern for the AB540 and Undocumented Center. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico but was raised in North Carolina. Due to a lack of funding opportunities for undocumented students in her home state, she moved to Los Angeles, CA, to pursue her dreams of getting an education. She attended Santa Monica College (SMC), where she discovered the different systemic barriers that undocumented students face all across the nation and her passion for outreach work as well. Brenda served as the President of IDEAS (Improving Dreams Success And Equality), an organization dedicated to supporting the undocumented community at SMC, and used the platform to build a safe and inclusive space for her fellow students. Her experiences transferring from SMC to UC Davis heavily influenced her to continue building a community at UC Davis with “undocu-joy” at its core. Through her position as a Community Development Intern, Brenda aspires to open doors that lead to opportunity for many others and help create a world in which we no longer have to live with the fear of being denied our dreams because of our socioeconomic or political status.