Mario Alberto Viveros Espinoza, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CA)

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Major: Ethnic Studies
Minor: Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources and the Environment
Graduation Date: June 12, 2016
Not Counted Because: Transferred

After high school, I took a few courses at my local community college in Modesto, CA and then took a short break from school. In 2011, I relocated to the central coast and enrolled at Cuesta College a few years later. I worked incredibly hard averaging about 18 units per semester. I found inspiration from my dad, who taught me to work hard and find a purpose in my studies. At Cal Poly, I worked tirelessly to change the campus and engaged in rigorous studies on race, sexuality, class, and HIV status.

I was accepted into the M.A./Ph.D. program in sociology at UC Santa Barbara and will start in the fall of 2016. My commitment to racial equality is evident in the way I work to inspire other students, mentor my peers, and develop insightful research projects around issues of race. In fact, I recently presented at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies in Denver, on the intersections between being an undocumented immigrant and having access to sexual health care in Guadalupe, CA.

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