Briseida Gonzales

Position: DreamSF Fellow

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Briseida Gonzales (she/her) was born in El Salvador. She spent half of her childhood there and the other half in Peru. Her mom raised her while her dad was in San Francisco providing for her family. At age 11, she migrated to San Francisco, a place she now also calls her home. She is currently a student at San Francisco State University, where she is getting her bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Mental health has always been very important for Briseida, and it has inspired her to pursue a career in psychology. Before transferring to SF State, Briseida attended City College of San Francisco where she got her associate degree. She has volunteered for organizations like WOMAN Inc., where she was responsible for client case accuracy. She also managed the organization’s hotline that offers support for survivors of domestic violence.

One of Briseida’s goals is to work with her immigrant community to support them with the skills she has learned throughout her own journey. She hopes to be able to open up a space that supports the mental health needs of low-income families that don’t have access to resources. Another goal of hers is to do projects that involve her artistic side, such as painting to tell stories. This would not only help her express herself, but would also inspire other undocumented people that have had similar hardships to follow their own creative dreams.