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Staff

  • Daniel Arturo Alfaro Arellano

    Daniel Arturo Alfaro Arellano

    Coordinator

    I was born in Queretaro, Mexico and came to the U.S. along with my family as a young child. Once in the U.S., my family and I settled in Escondido, California, where I lived most of my young-adult years.

    I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling from California State University, San Marcos. After receiving my degree, I began organizing in my community, first through the National Latino Research Center and then at Alliance San Diego. Through my community work, I collaborated with various non-profit organizations on community outreach campaigns, providing immigration legal services to immigrants in hard-to-reach places, and sharing best practices among immigrant rights networks.

    In my role as the coordinator of the Undocumented Student Services Center, I seek to provide the undocumented students at UC San Diego a holistic space where they can find resources and support tailored for their needs.

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  • Saya Austin

    Saya Austin

    Immigration Attorney

    Saya Austin is an Attorney Fellow at the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center serving UC Riverside and UC San Diego. She is a 2015 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and holds a B.A. in International Studies -- Sociology and Communications from UC San Diego. Her legal experience includes working on asylum applications through law school clinic and on International Human Rights Fellowship, representing children in the New York City Family Court, and filing various humanitarian immigration petitions at the International Institute of the Bay Area.

  • Stephanie M. Estrada

    Stephanie M. Estrada

    Graduate Assistant

    I obtained my B.A. in Urban Studies from San Diego State University (SDSU) and am currently a masters student in the Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs program at SDSU.  I currently serve as the Graduate Assistant for the Undocumented Student Services Center and  have thoroughly enjoyed my time here thus far.  I strive to provide a welcoming and supportive environment that helps foster the success of all of our students.

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  • Maria E. Zuniga

    Maria E. Zuniga

    Program Specialist

    I am a UC San Diego alumni and obtained my B.A. in Human Development and a minor in Education Studies.  As a Program Specialist I help to support the Undocumented Student Services Center, Student Veterans Resource Center, and the Student Success Coaching Program.  I am very fortunate to be helping these three programs to better serve students and their needs. As a UC San Diego alum I understand how overwhelming this university can be in terms of size and information.  Seeking help and asking questions is the best way to obtain the support that is needed. 

Students

  • Seyeong Min

     

    Programming Intern

    Hellos! My name is Seyeong Min and I’m a second year ERC student studying international political science and economics. I was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the US when I was five years old. Since then, I’ve moved twelve times but Los Angeles will always be my one true love. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that home really is where your heart grows, and no one has the right to take that away. In the future, I hope to work with immigrant families as an attorney to ensure that every voice is heard.

    As a Programming Intern, I create events and plan projects that will help you develop both academically and personally. These projects/events can be anything from overnight stays at Sacramento for lobbying visits to creating informatory flyers of what resources we have on campus. If you have any suggestions, or just want a conversation buddy, feel free to reach out!

  • Min Ju Kim

    Min Ju Kim

    Marketing / Social Media Assistant

    As a college student, I am realizing more and more that it is now my responsibility to be fully aware of my situation and do what I need to do, whether it is dealing with the financial aid or adjusting the study habits. This is where the Undocumented Student Services Center reached out to me, helping me to know where to start as a young, undocumented freshman. And now, it is my pleasure to return my gratitude by serving as a part of the Undoc Center. Through the promoting the events held by the Undoc Center, I hope that more people, undocumented or not, come to know the center and take advantage of what it provides. Let’s be a family of our own!

  • Celia Sanchez Selaya

    Celia Sanchez Selaya

    Retenrtion Intern

    Hi! I am a second-year double majoring in Political Science - American Politics and Urban Studies and Planning - Regional Policy. Originally, I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and moved to the states at the age of 8. Currently, I am extremely passionate about the ties between public policy in immigration and housing/transportation in underserved communities of color. As a retention intern, it is my duty to provide resources to ensure that students are able to succeed at the university level as well as introduce them to the many resources not only that the center, but that the university also provides. Feel free to reach out!"