The California Campus Catalyst Fund is a three-year grantmaking initiative to expand support for undocumented students and their families at California colleges and universities. At our 2nd convening, educators,administrators, and students are gathering to strengthen our network, foster cross-campus learning, and address technical assistance needs. Participants will attend workshops and presentations that will deepen the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to increase support on their campuses.

Event Information

September 12-13, 2019

Hotel & Accommodation: Dean Santos (650) 834-3951
Registration & Volunteers:
Alejandra Guillen (510) 210-3946
Educators & Administrators:
Victor Garcia (213) 663-9063
Catalyst Campus Fellows:
Estefania Hermosillo (650) 273-7204
Convening Presenters:
Nancy Jodaitis (415) 359-3194

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2019 Convening Attendee Directory
Year One Programmatic Goals & Areas of Work
Year Two Programmatic Goals
A Guide to Building an On-Campus Undocumented Student Program


Alonso Garcia

Special Projects Manager,
Equity & Community Impact at Foundation for California Commuity Colleges

Alonso Garcia is passionate about reducing equity barriers for vulnerable populations. He has dedicated his career to working in the nonprofit sector and being a strong advocate for the communities he supports.

Amy Ramos

Senior Research Consultant,
Harder +Company

Amy Ramos, PhD, has a rich background in both academic and community research. She has specific experience conducting community-based research with vulnerable populations throughout California and has played a vital role in projects that address workforce- and education-related topics.

Armando Ibanez

Filmmaker, Undocumented Tales

Armando Ibañez is a latinx queer filmmaker and activist from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Armando is committed to portraying authentic Latinx characters and address real issues impacting immigrant communities in the United States.

Beatriz Hernandez

Catalyst Fund Alumni, UC Merced

Beatriz Hernandez is a 5th year Sociology student at UC Merced. This fall semester she will apply to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Sociology despite being undocumented and ineligible for DACA.

Boonyarit Daraphant

Entrepreneurship Fellow, Immigrants Rising

BoThai is an undocumented Thai artist using art to reflect, reconnect, and advocate on immigrant rights and its intersectionality (human’s right issues). Bo is a creator of Bowtie and Friends, a tarot card telling stories of 16 undocu AAPIs, and owner of BoThai vintage/streetwear clothing line.
IG @thebothai

Bronwyn Moreno

Director of Student Affairs Equity Programs, Hartnell College

Bronwyn Moreno strives for institutional change to better serve students. At Hartnell College, she led a district-wide collaboration to support Dreamer, AB 540, and all undocumented students and families through the opening of the Center for Achievement and Student Advancement (Mi CASA) in 2016.
FB @HartnellCollegeDreamers

Cristina Magaña

Director, Harder + Company

Cristina has an extensive research, evaluation, facilitation, and consulting background combined with strong conceptualization, data analysis and synthesis skills She engages under resourced communities and helps clients make sound funding and policy decisions at the local and state levels.

Cynthia Mosqueda

Faculty Coordinator, El Camino College

Dr. Cynthia Mosqueda is the faculty coordinator for the First Year Experience Program at El Camino College and in 2012 she received the First Year Advocate Award from the National Center for First Year Experience and Students in Transition from the University of South Carolina.
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Daniela Flores

Research Assistant, Harder+Company Community Research

I am a first generation college graduate working in the field of research and evaluation at Harder+Co. My interests are in health, household food insecurity, and public health initiatives that address social determinants of health.

Dr. Howard Irvin

Vice President of Student Services, Los Angeles Southwest College

Dr. Howard Irvin is the Vice President of Student Services at Los Angeles Southwest College, where he administers a comprehensive Student Services program and provides college-wide leadership for Student Success in all operational activities related to Student Services.

Dr. Llanet Martin

Associate Dean, Student Equity, Los Angeles Valley College

Dr. Martín is an advocate for access and equity and brings over a decade of educational leadership to the community college. She serves as the Associate Dean, Student Equity at Los Angeles Valley College and is an appointed board member on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Ed Henderson

Counselor, Student Success and Dream Center, Rio Hondo College

Ed Henderson grew up in Los Angeles County and has worked in both the private and public sectors in education for over 17 years. His passion for serving his community has driven him to pursue his studies on the mental health traumas suffered by the undocumented population within his institution.

Eliana Kaimowitz

Immigration Services Bureau Chief, California Department of Social Services

Eliana is an attorney with experience in immigration law, as well as policy advocacy, who has worked with the SEIU California and CRLAF. She served as an immigrant integration executive fellow in the Governor Brown’s Office, and recently joined CDSS’ Immigration Service Bureau.

Eric Lara

Associate Dean, Student Success and Equity, Mt. San Antonio College

Dr. Lara is the Associate Dean, Student Success & Equity at Mt. San Antonio College. He oversees all Student Equity funding on campus, and the four equity programs: ARISE (Asian American & Pacific Islander Students), ASPIRE (African American Students), DREAM & REACH (Current & Former Foster Youth).

Estefania Hermosillo

Community Education Lead, Immigrants Rising

Over the last seven years, Estefanía has worked to educate, and advocate for the rights of immigrants. At Immigrants Rising she leads our efforts to inform educators, students, and parents about the many ways that undocumented young people can pursue their education without constraint.

Gabriela Rodriguez

Student Activities Specialist, Oxnard College

Gabriela Rodriguez has over 15 years experience working to reduce academic achievement gaps. She is a strong believer in using education to break cycles of poverty and apathy in order to obtain a better quality of life. She earned her M.S. in Counseling from California Lutheran University.

Germán A Cadenas

Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology, Lehigh Unversity

Germán Cadenas is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Lehigh University who specializes in undocumented immigrants, and in training educators and mental health providers to support their education. He is formerly undocumented himself and he is an advocate for immigrant rights.
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Iliana Perez

Director of Research & Entrepreneurship, Immigrants Rising

Iliana oversees the research and evaluation agenda of Immigrants Rising, as well as the entrepreneurship programming. Iliana holds a B.A. in Mathematics, a M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Education Policy.
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Irene Neri Hernandez

Student, Santa Ana Community College

I am a strong, hard-working, powerful and ambitious undocumented student leader, seeking to bring positive change in my community to become united.United as a community we will rise together and work to gain knowledge and become strong in the face of adversity.

Iris Aguilar

Senior Director, Equity & Community Impact, Foundation for California Commuity Colleges

Iris Aguilar is passionate about social justice, community empowerment and holistic student support. She has served the California Community College system for over 15 years and currently leads programs that aim to reduce equity gaps by increasing access to resources for underserved populations.

Jesus Flores Rodriguez

Legal Services Coordinator, Immigrants Rising

The Legal Services Coordinator at Immigrants Rising, Jesus facilitates the workflow of the ILIS and develops & facilitates the Immigration Law Fellow Trainings. Jesus believes that in collectivizing our experiences and voices, we can build the power to change, not just one case, but entire systems.
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Jose Simo

Counselor, College of the Desert

Jose Simo has been a counselor at College of the Desert for nineteen years. He advises the Alas Con Futuro, an AB-540/Dreamer club dedicated to supporting its member while creating greater awareness in the Coachella Valley. Mr. Simo serves as the counselor at the Dreamer Resource Center.

Karen Hernandez

LATTC/Immigrants Rising 1st Cohort

Family orientated mother of three boys, 1st generation to attend college. From Honduras. Ab 540 student with a passion to advocacy and leadership skills. Very honest and dedicated and reliable.

Liliana Campos

Doctoral Student, University of San Francisco

Liliana’s clinical and research efforts seeks to understand how social, political, physical, and psychological consciousness can strengthen the existing resilience of historically oppressed communities by creating and nurturing empowering, radical, and liberating narratives.
IG: lillycampos09

Madeleine Villanueva

Immigrants Rising

Madeleine Villanueva is an undocumented community advocate based in the Bay Area. She believes in sharing resources, building community, and creating leaders in order to build and progress the immigrant rights movement.

Maria Chiem

DREAMer Resource Office Coordinator, CSUSM DREAMer Resource Office
IG: csusmdreameroffice

Maria Maldonado

Coordinator, CSU San Bernardino

María Maldonado is the coordinator at the Undocumented Student Success Center at California State University, San Bernardino. She is a self-identified undocumented Latinx women and has been an active participant in the current and ongoing immigrant rights movement.

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez

Professor and Faculty Director, CSU San Marcos

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Ph.D., is a Sociology professor, department chair, and faculty director for the National Latino Research Center at CSUSM. Her research is based on collaborative, participatory, and community methodologies in the areas of immigration, education, and civic engagement.

Marithza Quiroz

Graphic Artist, UC Berkeley

Marithza is graphic artist from Sonora Mexico. She is currently double majoring in American Studies and Art Practice at UC Berkeley.

Matthew Kritscher

Vice President, Student Services, Chabot College

Dr. Matt Kritscher is the Vice President of Student Services at Chabot College. Dr. Kritscher has over 26 years of higher education administration experience, including 18 years in the California Community Colleges, and holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

Mayra Pelagio

Graduate Student, Immigrants Rising

Mayra is currently completing her M.S in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. With her work, Mayra hopes to increasing accessibility to the outdoors for the Latinx community and education on wildlife conservation.

Mili Ferrer

Research Associate, Harder+Company Community Research

Mili Ferrer serves as Evaluation Manager for the evaluation of the California Campus Catalyst Fund Initiative. She is an international development professional with experience in project management; policy, research and analysis at global and country levels in the United States and in Latin America.

Miriam Vazquez-Gonzalez

Lead for Undocumented Student Services, Hartnell College

Miriam is passionate about serving Dreamers and is eager to continue supporting them through their educational endeavors and their daily struggles. The driving force behind Miriam’s commitment to Dreamers is being able to foster an atmosphere where dignity and respect are key throughout Hartnell.

Nancy Jodaitis

Director of Higher Education, Immigrants Rising

For twenty years, Nancy has been supporting access for underrepresented students in higher education. In the past decade, Nancy has built educational pathways for undocumented students throughout CA and is the lead author for the UndocuCollege Guide & Equity Tool and the CCC Dreamers Report.

Othniel Tomtania

Entrepreneurship Fund Grantee, Audilus

Togolese immigrant who emigrated to the US in 2001. Othniel, an IR entrepreneurship fund grantee founder of Audilus, a media production company and Sead Publishing, a music publishing and licensing company featuring undocumented artists & musicians.

Pamela Ortiz Cerda

Dream Center Program Services Coordinator, Skyline College

Pamela Ortiz Cerda was determined to make a difference for undocumented students after having to navigate the higher edsystem as an first-gen undocu-student. For the last 2 years she has been the coordinator for the Skyline College Dream Center and is a part of the CCCCO Dreamers Advisory Group.

Rocio Preciado

High School Engagement Manager, Immigrants Rising

She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Feminist Studies. She joined Immigrants Rising in 2013 and is eager to continue supporting students and ensure that they do not miss important opportunities that can lead to their success in the future.

Victor Garcia

Director of the California Campus Catalyst Fund, Immigrants Rising

For nearly 20 years, Victor has worked in higher education, education philanthropy, and the non-profit sector managing and supporting programs for underrepresented students and families.

Yuliana Vasquez

EOPS Counselor, Monterey Peninsula College

As a child of immigrants, I have encountered many hardships that made life difficult yet rewarding. Now as an educational counselor, I feel a great sense of responsibility to serve underrepresented students who face adversity and help them to achieve their personal and educational goals.

Maria Blanco

Executive Director, University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center

Maria oversees immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at six UC campuses. A graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, Blanco has more than 20 years’ experience as a litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women’s rights, and social justice.

Raquiba LaBrie

Program Director, Education Equity, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Raquiba directs the Haas, Jr. Fund’s efforts to close opportunity gaps for low income students of color across the educational continuum. Her work focuses on strengthening the quality of early education in San Francisco and expanding equity for Bay Area community college students.

Oscar Cobian

Vice President, Oxnard College

Dr. Oscar Cobian is the Vice President of Student Development at Oxnard College. Dr. Cobian is the first in his family to achieve a college degree.

Augustine Emenalo

Student, Los Angeles Southwest College

I was born and raised in Nigeria. I came to the United States to pursue my dream in medicine.


Thank you to our extraordinary funders, which include Chavez Family Foundation, College Futures Foundation, Crankstart, ECMC Foundation, Grove Foundation, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Ginnie and Peter Haas, Jr. Fund, Heising-Simons Foundation, Hellman Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Kelson Foundation, Loud Hound Foundation, NextGen America, and Weingart Foundation.