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Undocumented Student Services: Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides support and guidance to undocumented students at UC San Diego.

Daniel Arturo Alfaro Arellano



Daniel shares, "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."

Contact: d1alfaro@ucsd.edu

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Meet Our Student Staff

Alexis Guillermo Buz

Policy Advocacy

Alexis shares, "My pronouns are He, His, Him, and I was born in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco Mexico. I immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 at the age of two. I grow up in a small ranchito in the outskirts of Stockton all my life until I transferred to UCSD in 2014 to double-major in Ethnic Studies and Public health. I intend to go on to Law School after I graduate with UCSD class of 2017nd pursue a JD/Masters in Public Policy. I've been both a strong advocate for undocumented students and families as a community organizer since 2011 in various capacities and organizations. Having lived undocumented in the U.S. for over 20 years has compelled me to fight for communities’ rights and humanity. I've worked for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), The CA Dream Network (CDN), the San Joaquin Immigrant Youth Collective (SJIYC), interned at ACLU of San Diego, UCSD Cross Cultural Center as a Social Justice Educator, and currently interning at UCSD Raza Resource Centro as the Social Justice Intern. I've also helped Re-Launch the UC Undocumented Student Coalition and served as UCSD Rep as well as the State-Wide Co-Coordinator. In this capacity, helped organize and launch the first student-run UC Undocumented Student Summit in 2016. I've also served as the Chair of External affairs and is current Co-Chair of Migrant Rights Awareness (MiRA). I've also succesfully organized for actual student inclusion in decisions affecting undocumented students at UCSD and brought student demands to the table. I was the first undocumented student to succesfully study abroad and return at UCSD in 2015, and helped organize and present in the first ever UC-Wide Webinar for Advanced parole. In my capacity as a Research Analyst, I intend to compile and collect data from all across the state and the country to help in the creation of a policy recommendation that will be implemented to improve services for Undocumented Students at UCSD for years to come."

Contact: agbuz@ucsd.edu

Erick Ramirez Manriquez

Scholarship Specialist

Erick shares, “As a former undocumented student that lived in the United States for fifteen years without any legal documentation of my residency, I can relate to a personal level of the fear that ignites when people asked about my citizenship. Although I am no longer an undocumented student, much of what I experienced made me knowledgeable of how much progress the United States still has to accomplish for the undocumented people that form this country. I was fortunate to get my residency. However, my privilege of being a resident provides me the opportunity to emotionally, institutionally, and personally support undocumented students here at UC San Diego. I am in hopes to use my knowledge as much as possible to help those students in need. And although I love my job and my career, you can find me outside in the courtyard admiring the weather and meditating in my own thoughts. So if you see me outside, stop by and say hello!”

Contact: err031@ucsd.edu

Jahaziel Isaac Aguilera

Marketing/Social Media Manager

Jahaziel shares, "I have enjoyed my time so far here at UCSD, and looking forward to my last year as a triton. The fact that I am undocumented and strive to help others in my situation is what motivated me to be part of this office. I want to make everyone at UCSD feel like they have a place where they can find the support they need to be successful, regardless of their immigration status. When I am not in the office or studying, I like to play guitar and try out new places to eat around the city."

Contact: jiaguile@ucsd.edu

Lorenia Gutierrez

Outreach Coordinator

Lorenia shares, “I am a third year Physiology and Neuroscience major and CLAH minor at UCSD. I was born and raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. I came to the U.S. as a child and have lived in San Diego ever since. I aspire to attend medical school and become a Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine doctor. My goal is to serve minority, immigrant, and underserved communities that have been historically deprived from healthcare access. As an outreach coordinator at the Undocumented Student Services Center, I will work to provide undocumented students a safe space to grow academically, professionally, and socially by maximizing the awareness of programs and resource available at UCSD. I am here for support and help, just let me know!”

Contact: log001@ad.ucsd.edu

Luis Cruz Cardoso

Legal Assistant

Luis shares, “It’s been an interesting journey navigating through UCSD. There used to be a time when the resources for undocumented students were very limited and difficult to find. I would be running across campus to different offices each referring me to the other offices, not really getting anywhere. The Undoc Center really helped bring these resources together and give students a place to connect with these resources. Being at the center and having the opportunity to help students connect with the resources that now exist is rewarding.

Contact: lcruzcardoso@ucsd.edu

Min Ju Kim

Marketing/Social Media Assistant

Min Ju shares, “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!

Contact: mjk040@ucsd.edu