Student Workers

Andrea Carrillo : Student Educator, Fall 2016 to Present

Andrea Carrillo

Student Educator, Fall 2016 to Present

Andrea Carrillo was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to the West Suburbs of Chicago, where she spent most of her life. Having been exposed to some community work through her family and their experiences, she developed an interest in social justice. She is presently studying at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is pursuing majors in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies. She was previously a student intern at the Latino Cultural Center and is involved in the student organization Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA).

Ana Ruiz : Student Educator, Fall 2016 to Present

Ana Ruiz

Student Educator, Fall 2016 to Present

Ana Isabel Ruiz was born in Mexico and migrated to the United States with her family at the age of five. She arrived to UIC in 2014 with very little experience in activism, but has developed a passion for social justice and advocacy, especially for children and young families. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminology, Law and Justice. She has been involved with several student organizations such as MeSA, FUA and UPRS, in which she held E-Board positions and helped to organize events. She is a current intern at the LCC, hoping to enrich her knowledge of the arts, humanities, and cultural understanding.

James Esparza : Student Educator, Fall 2015 to Present

James Esparza

Student Educator, Fall 2015 to Present

James Phillip Esparza was born in Kankakee, a small rural town in Illinois. Raised by immigrant parents, he soon realized he lived in two worlds. He embraced a Mexican identity, exploring and learning from his family history and cultural heritage. He moved to Chicago in 2012, and has made it a personal goal to connect with the local Latino community. He is involved on campus though the UIC Heritage Garden, Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA), and is President of Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE). James is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Public Health, and is passionate for social justice.

Ian Torres : Student Educator, Spring 2015 to Present

Ian Torres

Student Educator, Spring 2015 to Present

Ian Torres was born in Manatí, Puerto Rico, and raised in a small town called Vega Alta. He migrated to Chicago with his family at the age of 12 and has been living in the West Suburbs since then. On campus, Ian works with student organizations like Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA), Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA) and is currently a co-chair for the Union of Puerto Rican Students (UPRS). He is also a student leader for the UIC Heritage Garden and a former intern of the Latino Cultural Center. Through his involvement on campus and community organizations like the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Ian has developed a passion for social justice, cultural appreciation and sustainability practices.

Alonzo Zamarrón : Graphic Designer, Spring 2014 to Present

Alonzo Zamarrón

Graphic Designer, Spring 2014 to Present

Alonzo Zamarrón was born and raised in Rochelle, a small town in Illinois surrounded by corn. Growing up during his summers, Alonzo worked in the cornfields as a detasseler, which impacted his views on environmental sustainability. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Graphic Design at UIC, and has been involved in many social justice movements by designing their promotional material. Alonzo also plays the trumpet and saxophone, and is a member of Banda San Guillermo and the UIC Mariachi Fuego

Jocelyn Munguía Chávez : Student Educator, Fall 2013 to Present

Jocelyn Munguía Chávez

Student Educator, Fall 2013 to Present

Jocelyn Munguía Chávez is a Mexican, undocumented, queer, dancer, runner, and activist. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UIC, she is involved with several on-campus and community organizations that focus on education, empowerment, and social justice. She is a co-founder of the Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA) at UIC and of the Latin@ Youth Action League (L@YAL) of DuPage County, was previously the President of Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), an organizer with Undocumented Illinois and Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), and is a current board member, Secretary of Dare to Dream: Get Educated!

Natalie Cruz : Office Assistant, Fall 2013 to Fall 2014

Natalie Cruz

Office Assistant, Fall 2013 to Fall 2014

Natalie Cruz was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents at 9 months old. With immigration being an influential part of her life living undocumented, she involved herself with social justice movements and was a president of the Fearless Undocumented Alliance on campus. Natalie pursued a marketing major with a focus in entrepreneurship, and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Congratulations, Natalie!