Kevin Figueroa is a fifth year at the University of California, Berkeley studying English and Creative Writing. He was born in Guatemala and immigrated with his family to California when he was four years old. He is the eldest of three. His family settled in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Kevin enjoys helping others, learning about new cultures, eating new foods, practicing the Japanese martial arts Judo, and writing poetry. Throughout his childhood, Kevin witnessed a lot of gang violence, corruption, and injustices around his neighborhood and school. He hopes to return to Los Angeles and help those in need. Kevin graduated from his high school’s academy of Business and Tourism. In his past, Kevin has volunteered to teach English in Mexico and in China. At UC Berkeley, he held the Vice President position of the English Undergraduate Association for a year. He was also in charge of a non-profit that sent students abroad to tutor and teach those interested in learning English. Through UC Berkeley’s Public Service Center, he interned for Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board where his interest in affordable housing developed. On top of the internship, he was also working as a legal assistant for a real estate law firm in Emeryville. In the summer of 2016, Kevin completed a media/press internship in the office of the president pro tempore Senator Kevin De Leon. He witnessed California’s policies grow into fruition. The internship placed Kevin Figueroa in the heart of California’s progression, and he is dedicated to be a part of that progress. He aspires to be an author and a lawyer that represents communities typically underrepresented and marginalized, such as immigrants in the workforce and members of the LGBTQ community.