Born and raised in the East Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights, in 2011 Chris Zepeda-Millán became the first Chicano to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University. In 2012 he received the national "Best Dissertation Award" from the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics.
Meng graduated as a first-generation college student from UC Berkeley. He then went on to receive a Masters in Education and Organizational Change from UC Los Angeles. Meng was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is excited to partner with faculty, staff, and students to implement a comprehensive agenda that provides holistic support for the undocumented student community. Under his guidance, the program looks to support further initiatives, research, and advocacy to create safe spaces for undocumented members of the on-campus community.
Eli Moore is Program Manager for the Haas Institute’s strategic partnerships with grassroots community-based organizations. Eli has more than 10 years experience working with organizers to develop research and strategic capacity. Eli has written a number of reports and strategy papers on environmental justice, mass incarceration, community economic development and community health issues.
Irene Bloemraad (Ph.D. Harvard; M.A. McGill) is Professor of Sociology and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at Berkeley. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and is serving in 2014-15 as a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences committee reporting on the integration of immigrants into American society.
Professor García Bedolla’s research focuses on how marginalization and inequality structure the political and educational opportunities available to members of ethnoracial groups, with a particular emphasis on the intersections of race, class, and gender. Her current projects include an analysis of how technology can facilitate voter mobilization among voters of color in California and a historical exploration of the race, gender, and class inequality at the heart of the founding of California's public school system.