Meet our 2020-21 team of student ambassadors!

UC's Student Ambassador Program is bigger and more effective than ever:

  • More than 100 ambassadors
  • All UC campuses represented
  • Reflect UC's diversity

Campus Leaders

Josh Tran

Josh Tran

He/him/his

UC Berkeley
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
joshuatran@berkeley.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I am an advocate because I believe that each student deserves to have their voice be heard. UC empowers hundreds of thousands of students every year and has created a strong foundation for millions of alumni around the world. I want to help empower students to have a say in policy making, budget requests, and fundamental reforms so that UC can continue to be that foundation for success. Every student deserves the opportunity to thrive, every student deserves the chance for their voice to be heard.

Erika Neal

Erika Neal

She/her/hers

UC Berkeley
Master of Public Health Candidate
emonique1@berkeley.edu

Why I'm an advocate: Every student no matter their background deserves for their voice to be heard. The UC system is more than just a collection of world renowned campuses that more than 285,000 students call home. Groundbreaking research and countless lives are changed every day with the help of the amazing faculty, staff, and students that give the UC system its much deserved recognition. I want to help students at UC Berkeley understand the local, state and federal levels of law making and politics so that they can recieve the neccesary support to complete their education. Each and every student deserves the space to speak and be heard about the issues that matter most to them.

Juliana Martinez

Juliana Martinez

She/her/hers

UC Davis
Political Science
jmartinezh@ucdavis.edu

Why I'm an advocate:I want to represent the voices of my community by advocating for college affordability and basic needs relief. I am passionate about serving students and I believe we should all have equal access to an enriching college experience, regardless of our background or socioeconomic status.

Priscilla Reis

Priscilla Reis

She/her/hers

UC Davis
Political Science
prreis@ucdavis.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I believe students should have a direct impact in higher education. Student voices need more power and influence over policies and reform, and my goal is to help empower students to speak up. Every student deserves an equal chance at benefiting from the unique educational oppurtunities that UC provides, and I am passionate about the platform UCAN provides to do so.

Steven Gong

Steven Gong

He/him/his

UC Irvine
Human Biology and Economics
gongs3@uci.edu

Why I'm an advocate: First generation. Low-Income. Immigrant. These words not only describe me and my household, but thousands of other UC students across the state. Our journey in pursuit of better education, and by extension, a better life, unites us to realize the potential of what our collective voices can do—and for this reason, I am a UC Advocate. I am UC Advocate because I strive for my UC education for the same reason many of us are UC students today—for our households, our communities, and our future. I am a UC Advocate because I believe in the power of our stories, individuality, and collective voice. More than anything, I am a UC Advocate because I know our individual and systemic struggles don't define us—our vision for an equitable, compassionate, and positive future does.

Patty Mondragon

Patty Mondragon

She/her/hers

UC Merced
Political Science
pmondragon@ucmerced.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I would like for my young campus to be recognized for its representation of over 73% first-generation students. I am passionate about allowing students’ voices to be heard and listened to. I would like to empower students coming from similar backgrounds to mine to pursue higher education, despite the many barriers. I am hoping that through advocacy, the University of California can continue growing the support necessary to create an inclusive system for all students from various walks of life.

Jason Miguel

Jason Miguel

He/him/his

UC Merced
Environmental Engineering
jmiguel6@ucmerced.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I want to ensure that students from all majors are represented in this crucial group. I want to reach out to the normally underrepresented groups in STEM majors when it comes to UC policy and to our legislators who may not know a whole lot about STEM. When people see such a group, like us, that advocates for students and the UC system, people assume you need to be in the Social Sciences or Humanities, but by me being here it shows that STEM students can also be advocates. Each respective campus is like a 3-legged stool, we have the faculty, staff and students acting as the legs. Forgetting about one of those groups causes that stool to be imbalanced. I’m an advocate to make sure that stool is balanced.

Carolina Cardenas

Carolina Cardenas

She/her/hers

UC Riverside
Political Science
ccard022@ucr.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I would like to dedicate my professional career to uplifting those such as myself who may be low-income, first generation students who will continue to lead the UC system into a brighter future. I admire the UC system for providing funding for these students while providing a quality education. I plan to continue to advocate for the inclusivity of low-income, first-gen communities. This funding is part of my own UC story, and why I am able to receive a high-quality education.

Lindy Chen

Lindy Chen

She/her/hers

UC Riverside
Education, Society, Human Development and Asian American Studies
lchen226@ucr.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I believe in fighting for an equitable education for all students. All students - whether they are undocumented, first-generation, have a disability, a student of color, etc. - deserve the right to education. I am honored to have this opportunity of advocating for our diverse student body as a Campus Leader, and I hope that together we can create positive change in our UC system.

Abigail Cole

Abigail Cole

She/her/hers

UC San Diego
Psychology
aicole@ucsd.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I hope to serve as a representative and connection to my student body, so that I may possibly inspire student participation in advocacy. I hope that students are able to see from my efforts as an advocate, how significant our participation in the legislative process can be, especially when it comes to issues related to higher education. As a campus leader, I also hope to use my voice to positively represent my Black community and can encourage marginalized communities as a whole to make sure our voices are heard when it comes to the issues that effect us. This opportunity has given me an opportunity to share my passion for student-led advocacy and for that I am especially appreciative and hope to continue connecting with other involved campus leaders in the UCAN program.

Genavieve Koenigshofer

Genavieve Koenigshofer

She/her/hers

UC San Diego
Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Political Science: Public Policy
gkoenigs@ucsd.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I want to open the door for all students to become involved in the democratic process, to amplify the needs of their community and make a concrete change. I want to share my preexisting experiences in the educational policy and advocacy spaces to demystify state and federal politics, and to lay the framework for students to become engaged and informed citizens. As young people, we tend to underestimate the power of our own voices—but when we make ourselves heard, people listen. Only by working together can we effectively speak for and support our diverse UC student body.

Quang Dao

Quang Dao

He/him/his

UC San Diego
Sociology—Law and Society
qdao@ucsd.edu

Why I'm an advocate: Much of the UC student body belongs in marginalized communities that have been historically oppressed in this country for centuries. Every single UC student deserves a chance at social and economic mobility—to lift themself and their families to a better place in their life. If I, along with other advocates, can ease this journey of mobility by pushing for more funding and protections for our students, especially for our most unprotected, then that is why I am an advocate.

Haochen Long

Haochen Long

He/him/his

UC Santa Barbara
Economics and Accounting, Sociology
haochenlong@ucsb.edu

Why I'm an advocate: I believe there is no greater power than having your voice heard. I have always been passionate about student representation and campus affairs. I wish to dedicate myself to create a university system that allows all hard-working students to be recognized and offers an equal opportunity to succeed. My mission as a student leader is to represent and be a voice for students coming from all backgrounds on their way to great things. I want to ensure that every fellow UC student can have a fulfilling and enriched educational experience by raising awareness for student involvement in the study body. It is truly an honor to be a leader in the UCAN student ambassador program. I sincerely wish to collaborate with other passionate and outstanding student leaders to empower hundreds of thousands of students through this program.

Megan Boshnakova

Megan Boshnakova

She/her/hers

UC Santa Barbara
Economics and Accounting
boshnakova@ucsb.edu

Why I'm an advocate: As a first-generation student, I fight for myself and for others. My education and the opportunities I have today would not be possible without the years of hard work and sacrifices of my parents who moved across the ocean to provide me with a brighter future. All students should have a chance, an equal chance, to create a better life for themselves. UCAN offers me the platform to give back and make a positive change for thousands of students across the UC system. I aim to utilize my position and resources to fight for students and leave UCSB having done everything possible to make it better place for the future generations.

Brandon Broukhim

Brandon Broukhim

He/him/his

UCLA
Political Science, Public Affairs, History
bbroukhim@ucla.edu

Why I'm an advocate: The UC has provided so many Californians (and others from outside the state) with a high-quality, affordable education – benefits enjoyed by both myself and my parents. But, for this proud tradition to continue, we must continue our work to ensure that the UC remains affordable to all who attend our campuses. That is why I am a part of UCAN: to continue to advocate for the necessary funding from our state political leaders to ensure that every UC student can obtain an affordable education.

Mukul Kumar

Mukul Kumar

He/him/his

UCLA
Business Economics
mukullk22@gmail.com

Why I'm an advocate:Like many students that attend a UC, I am also a low-income, first-generation American and college student. Advocacy on all fronts has paved the way for me to be where I am today and benefit from the systems that people before me have fought to have in place. Every student deserves a voice and UCAN gives students like myself this voice and the opportunity to join in the fight for a more equitable system. It is only right that I pay forward what I have been a beneficiary of in the form of advocacy as a part of UCAN.

Clementine Pan

Clementine Pan

She/her/hers

UCLA
Biochemistry
congpan@ucla.edu

Why I'm an advocate: In order for our needs to be addressed, we need to first let legislators understand our needs. UCAN provides a platform for us to voice our concerns to legislators, either directly or indirectly, so that we are also involved in the decision-making process. Our opinions matter, and I am an advocate because our stories deserve to be told and our voices deserve to be heard.

UC Office of the President State Governmental Relations Team

  • Meredith Turner, Associate Director, Advocacy & Institutional Relations
  • Jennifer Brice, Advocacy & Communications Manager

UC Office of the President Federal Governmental Relations Team

  • Nicole Carlotto, Director of Communications & Advocacy
  • Nikki Dalupang, Governmental Relations and Advocacy Assistant