Cal class of 2017
Alexandra Gonzalez is a junior at UC Berkeley, pursuing a double major in Sociology and Legal Studies. As a first-generation college student, Alexandra is passionate about breaking down the barriers to higher education faced by low-income students of color. She has participated in several early childhood education programs and is a strong believer that mentorship can make a huge difference in the lives of young children. Her interests in public policy have also led her to intern for Congressman Jeff Denham, the local congressman from her home town. Alexandra’s academic interests are international human rights and social inequality. Through the UCDC Program, Alexandra hopes to gain knowledge of the United States’ role in human rights policy, as well as practical policy implementation that can help combat social inequality. Alexandra intends to intern with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and hopes that her experiences in Washington, D.C., will give her the tools to pursue
law school in the future. Read her story.
Cal Class of 2015
Christina Krokee is a graduating senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Social Welfare with a minor Human Rights. Her main academic and professional interests are in the enforcement of civil rights and human rights. During her senior year, Christina wrote an honors thesis that explored children's and parents' rights in a medical context. She also wrote a thesis for the human rights minor that discussed disability and women's rights. Christina’s time at UC Berkeley has reinforced the importance of advocacy in the achievement of social justice. While at Berkeley, Christina served as the undergraduate student representative for the Coordinating Committee for the Removal of Architectural Barriers and volunteered with the Sage Mentorship Project. She is excited to participate in the UCDC program and gain valuable experience for her career. After graduation, Christina plans to attend law school. Read her story.
Cal Class of 2016
Shannon Lin will be a senior majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in Public Policy at UC Berkeley. As a UCDC participant, Shannon plans to intern at a policy research and advocacy organization this fall in Washington, D.C.. She is most passionate about studying the structural causes of socioeconomic inequality and poverty both in the US and internationally. Through her experiences with the UCDC and CCDE programs, Shannon hopes to help address systemic inequities that affect intersecting issues of race, gender, education, housing, economics, and ultimately, democracy. In the future, she plans to pursue a Master in Public Policy degree. Shannon has served on the executive boards of the UC Berkeley chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, Honor Society for International Studies, and the Bay Area Urban Debate League student group on campus. Read her story.