Chair: Angie Ocampo
Angie is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in White Plains, NY. Her research interests include racial and ethnic relations as well as Latino/a/x immigrant adaptation. One of Angie’s ongoing projects examines the experiences of undocumented Latino/a/x students at elite universities, with a particular emphasis on how institutional-level policies impact their success. Angie is also working on projects about Latino/a/x immigrants’ social position in the U.S., their racial attitudes towards whites and blacks, and return migration patterns of Mexican migrants.
Co-Chair: Francisco Saldaña
Francisco is a second-year Master’s student in Nanotechnology. He was born in Mexico City and shortly after beating childhood cancer, moved to the United States. He grew up in Houston, TX and received his Bachelors in Electrical Computer Engineering Technology from Purdue University. He enjoys playing sports, listening to all kinds of music, and is ready to try anything new. He is very excited to be working this year as Vice Chair of Finance as through LAGAPSA, he wants to create an environment where Latinos can nurture and maximize their potential and where they may have a home away from home.
Vice Chair of Operations: Ana Alvarez
Ana is Ph.D. candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in chemical and biological engineering, she returned home to Chicago to work for Polyera, a start-up focused on flexible electronic displays made with organic materials. After three years with the company, she determined that higher education would provide the best avenue for career advancement. She hopes one day to hold a high level research position in the industrial sector, and remains fond of organic material development.
Vice Chair of Finance: Daniel Pérez
Danny is a second-year Master student in Public Administration, concentrating in Public Finance. He was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Miami, Florida. Danny received a Bachelor of Art in Criminology and Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Latin dancer, martial artist, and motorcycle enthusiast. As a FGLI student at Penn, Danny continues to promote diversity, access and inclusion. He serves as a graduate mentor in Familia, a program within La Casa Latina. He hopes to inspire others to achieve their goals and seek opportunities to make an impact.
Vice Chair of Programming: João Fiocchi
Vice Chair of Programming: Ernest Monahan-Vargas
Vice Chair of Communications: Raymond Gonzales
Vice Chair of Media: Kimberly Cárdenas
Kim is a second year, and first-generation, PhD student in the Political Science Department. She was born and raised in West Covina, CA with familial ties in Michoácan, Mexico. Her research centers on the topics of Latino/a/x political participation in the US by employing an intersectional framework, with a particular focus on the role that gender and sexuality play in structuring everyday political decision-making. She hopes to make academic spaces more critical and inclusive as a professor in the future, and is very excited to build an inclusive Latinx presence on campus.