FOUNDER AND EDITOR
After graduating in June 2014, Lauren promptly moved to Seattle, where she served as an AmeriCorps member at a community garden and continues to involve herself in food justice work. Eventually, she hopes to go back to school to earn a master’s degree in landscape architecture. Though her current reality diverges greatly from her research endeavors at UCLA, she credits those experiences with giving her the tools to look at the world through a critical lens. She is thrilled that The URJP still exists as an accessible platform for students to publish their work.
Melissa Avila, an editor during her fifth year, graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Chicano/a Studies and double minors in political science and Labor/workplace studies. Currently, she is applying to graduate school and is close to finishing her 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant fellowship in Costa Rica where she teaches English to low-income children, adolescents, and adults while aiding in therapy sessions and support groups for women in recovery from drug addiction. In the future, she hopes to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology and continue her work in Latino mental health, substance abuse, and acculturation processes.
Fabian Alvarez was part of URJP the first year it was an official organization on campus and was involved in the submissions team. Currently, he is working as a lab manager for Dr. Shapiro’s lab called the Social Interaction and Social Stigma Lab as well as Dr. Brannon’s lab called the Culture and Contact Lab. He plans on applying to a PhD program in social psychology next year.
Kate Beall was on the submissions team for the 2013-2014 academic school year (the journal’s first year). Currently, she lives in New York City and is a Junior Research Scientist at NYU. Specifically, she works at The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH), which is a research center at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.