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Spring 2018 CCDE Fellows

Araceli Hernandez

Cal Class of 2018

Araceli Hernandez is in her final year at UC Berkeley as a Political Science major specializing in American Politics. Through her experiences on various political campaigns in her home district, interning at the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C., with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and working in the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, she has realized her passion for addressing inequalities and inequities in public education, specifically for underrepresented groups. She hopes to use her knowledge of Political Science and past experiences to eventually contribute to the improvement of flaws in public education. Through all of these experiences, Araceli has come to understand the power of non-profit organizations and hopes that while participating in the Spring 2018 UCDC Program and interning with two organizations, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Libraries Without Borders, she will come to understand how they create the reports that influence government policies. Araceli’s future goals involve continuing in the educational world, but also eventually attaining a Master's in Public Policy and a Doctorate in Education. In the Fall of 2017, Araceli studied abroad in Madrid, Spain at Universidad Carlos III- Madrid where her perspective of the world expanded drastically through enlightening Political Science courses in Spanish and experiences traveling throughout Europe. 


Young Noh Jung

Cal Class of 2018

Young Noh Jung is a graduating senior at UC Berkeley, pursuing a double major in Political Science and Asian Studies. He is a first-generation immigrant and college student. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, but he calls Los Angeles his home. Under the UCDC Program, he will intern as a Research Assistant at the Wilson Center. His broad research and career interests include Asia-Pacific comparative politics and the role U.S. foreign policy, inclusion and environmental equity in public policy, and diversity initiatives in higher education.

He has worked in several areas for social justice, especially in increasing access to disaster preparedness resources in underserved communities of color, recruitment and retention of community college transfer students in higher education, and creating mentorship programs specifically designed for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.

He has independently researched on post-liberation Korea, postwar Japan, modern Chinese political economy, and history of U.S. foreign policy. His Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) projects include Undocumented Young Asian American and Latinos, and the Political Economy of the University of California.

Young Noh hopes to attend graduate school in international relations, public policy, and/or higher education in the future after gaining experience in these fields. Regardless of his career path, Young Noh is committed to a more inclusive and empowering policymaking process. Read his story.


Rita Wainess

Cal Class of 2018

Rita Wainess is a senior transfer student at UC Berkeley, majoring in interdisciplinary studies. She has chosen this major in order to combine psychology, history, peace and conflict, and sociology to research the effects that xenophobia has on international law and relations. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Rita spent the better part of her younger years moving back and forth between impoverished homes in Russia and rich neighborhoods of California. As an immigrant, she has experienced her share of immigrant slurs and documentation hardships, and has seen the much more difficult situations that many others, especially people of color, face as both immigrants and underprivileged members of community. This early exposure to very different economic and international realities is at the core of her interests in the connection of xenophobia and international policies. Rita has been serving her communities for years, having been a theater teacher and director to her peers in high school, a volunteer for the re-election campaign of Congresswoman Sharron Quirk-Silva, an ambassador for the honors program of her community college, and a supplemental instructor for physical anthropology. In community college, she was elected into the student senate, where she served as the Chair of the Judicial Committee and Vice-Chair of Research, Planning, and Resolutions Committee, which allowed her to represent her fellow students through projects such as building the platform for homeless students to be allowed to use the school’s shower facilities. At UC Berkeley, Rita has focused her work on the more global aspects of civil service, learning about the international communities that serve to build peace from conflict, and has taken part in the Global Internship program, interning for the International Relations Office of the National University of Singapore. In the Semester of Spring 2018, Rita will be participating in the UCDC Washington Program, where she will be researching international policies and interning at the Search for Common Ground, an international non-profit NGO whose mission is to find peaceful, sustainable solutions to deal with conflict. She will use this opportunity to solidify her goals of working for the UN on peacebuilding and human rights issues.