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Diego Paniagua

Diego Paniagua is a Chicano from the rural area of California knows as the San Joaquin Valley. Born in Delano, Diego was raised in a small farm-working community where he was exposed to the harsh environmental realities that rural agriculture communities in Central California go through. Through much hard work and perseverance Diego was the first in his family to graduate with a Bachelor’s and over the summer he will graduating with a Masters in Chicana/o Studies from California State University Northridge. His research focus is around health inequities, environmental justice, and abolition. At CSUN he was able to be work with the Revolutionary Scholars Project, an organization that looks to advocate for Formerly Incarcerated students on campus. After graduating and after the completion of this internship Diego plans on applying to schools and will continue to pursue a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies in fall of 2020.

Ivana Rosas

Venezuelan-born, Las Vegas-raised, and Bay Area grown, Ivana joins the urban planning and design field from the women’s human rights sector. A creative at heart, she visualizes how space can serve communities at large. She believes that visionary urban design should be rooted in communities’ desires and expertise in the lived experience. She is currently earning a Master of City Planning at UC Berkeley, where she leads the Planning Students Association and Co-Chairs the Diversity Campaign on the College of Environmental Design Students of Color organization.