Chair: Dasha Donado
Co-Chair: Fernando Gama
Fernando is a Ph.D. student at the Electrical and Systems Engineering department. He comes from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received his electronic engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires. Besides his studies, he is a huge fútbol fan and also loves music.
Vice Chair of Finance: Francisco Saldaña
Vice Chair of Programming: Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson obtained a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies combined with Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he conducted research on national and quotidian constructs of race in Latin America with a focus on El Salvador. Currently an Africana Studies PhD student, he is interested in concepts of race and identity between Zanzibar and Oman in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to his academic interests, Brian is an avid dancer having participated in the national carnivals of both Bolivia and Brazil.
Vice Chair of Programming: Daisy Villa
Vice Chair of Communications: 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.
Vice Chair of Media: Lisenia Collazo
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.