Student

Agustin Guerrero

NavCal Fellow

Agustin Guerrero is a political science transfer from Diablo Valley College. He is the son of working-class Latinx immigrants and is himself a first-generation college student. After obtaining his B.A., he plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. Agustin has spent his time at Berkeley engaging in hands-on experience with social science research as a Racial Equity Fellow at the Othering & Belonging Institute. He has also immersed himself in the organizing world as an intern at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. More recently, Agustin has earned himself a paid Research...

Alex Diaz

NavCal Mentor

Alex Diaz is a first-generation college/low-income transfer student from Berkeley City College. Alex earned his AA with the highest honors, received the president's medallion, received the chancellor's trophy, and was the first formerly-incarcerated student accepted into UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He chooses to pursue a degree in business with the intent to develop/create his own organization that would benefit underrepresented and underserved minorities. He works for a non-profit that is the only program in the history of Alameda County to work in the maximum security units....

Alexsander Rojas

Nav2Cal Mentor, NavCal Fellow

Alexsander Rojas or "Rojas" (He/Him/El) is a 4th year, first-generation, Latinx student studying Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is originally from Richmond, California, the city which he believes showed him resiliency and work ethic (as he started working at the young age of 13 to help his family financially). Growing up in a low-income household, Rojas learned how to effectively utilize his resources both at home and at school for his success. He is able to relate to various communities at Cal and therefore, he decided to give back to the NavCal community by...

Alishba Sardar

NavCal Femtor, Nav2Cal Femtor, Nav2Cal Research Coordinator

Alishba Sardar identifies herself as Queer and Muslim. She immigrated from Pakistan to Richmond, Ca, at the age of ten. She is a former foster youth and first-generation college student. At UC Berkeley, Alishba is an Ethnic studies major and is involved in many communities such as Berkeley Hope Scholars, EOP, DSP, and the South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African Initiative (SSWANA). She is a recipient of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP), Cal Alumni Leadership award, Richmond Promise Scholarship, Student Rising Above, and the James Storer Scholarship. In addition to her...

Ashley Santos

NavCal Femtor, NavCal Media Coordinator
Bio coming soon~

De Spencer

Nav2Cal Mentor, NavCal Mentor
Bio:

DeAnte Spencer is a a third-year DSP junior transfer at University of California, Berkeley. He is majoring in African American Studies and is passionate about supporting people and helping them succeed at their highest level. Coming in as a re-entry student, he felt as if he didn’t have any guidance, or resources available to him, but NavCal has provided him with the resources and sense of community in order to succeed at UC Berkeley. As a NavCal and Nav2Cal Mentor, De intends to help educate incoming students that do not come from tradition nor...

Jacky Zhao Chen

Nav2Cal Fellow, NavCal Fellow

Jacky Zhao Chen (he/him/his) is a first-year, first-generation, low-income immigrant student studying computer science at Cal. Jacky was born and raised in Honduras (Central America) by Chinese parents making Spanish and Cantonese his first languages. He moved to the United States 8 years ago at the age of 10 and continued school here. In high school, Jacky was the president of Key Club and Captain of the Badminton Team. At Cal, he is a part of many communities on campus such as EOP, NavCal, Nav2Cal, Richmond Promise, DSP, CalNerds, and PiE. Jacky is still in the process of figuring out...

Jacqueline Salguera

Nav2Cal Femtor, NavCal Femtor
Public Health

Jacqueline "Jackie" Salguera (she/her/ella) is a rising senior majoring in Public Health at Cal. Jackie is a first-generation student, Latinx daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants from Richmond, CA— a community systemized by oppression. Aside from academics, she is a Fiat Lux Scholar, EOP, DSP, NavCal/Nav2Cal, and BSP fellow. Jackie has worked with Contra Costa County Public Health Solutions to help prevent substance addiction as well as environmental injustice in her community. After graduating from undergrad. at Cal, Jackie plans on pursuing a master’s in public...

Jessi Fernandez

NavCal Mentor

As an undergraduate student researcher majoring in Sociology at UC Berkeley, Jessi Fernandez (he/his) is a proud leader amongst his formerly incarcerated comrades. Growing up, he experienced trauma and lacked social support; his positionality negatively impacted the way he learned to navigate life. Jessi has witnessed family and friends meet early demise through the violence of others; bullets missed him as he watched friends die.

Mr. Fernandez currently advocates for marginalized people of color on campus, focusing on mental health services...

Jessica Allen

NavCal Femtor

Jessica Allen is a transfer student from City College of San Francisco double majoring in African-American Studies and Social Welfare. She first joined NavCal as a student fellow in Spring 2020 and hasn't missed a beat since. She is on an educational path that leads to a Juris Doctorate in Civil Rights law, with the specific intent to serve her communities. As a first-generation, transfer, student parent, Berkeley Hope Scholar & DSP student, Jessica's mission is to pioneer initiatives and policy changes for marginalized pregnant and parenting families. When she became a mother at...