Angelica Castellon

Job title: 
Class of 2025
2024 Democracy Camp in Berkeley

Angelica Castellon (she/her)

As an undocumented individual, growing up I faced a lot of struggles. I came to this country as a child, not knowing the obstacles that being undocumented would create for my future. After high school, there were not many options for me as I faced a new life as a single, undocumented mom at the age of 17 years old. Since then, I worked various jobs in which I often saw people of my community get taken advantage of due to their undocumented status by the employers, as well as by our criminal and immigration systems. I often felt frustration more so due to the fact that I was undocumented myself, and felt that there was not much that I could do. I quickly got tired of seeing people victimized just because of their immigration status or race. I made it my life goal to always be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Since then, I have been involved in many matters where I have been able to help others raise their voice and accomplish their goals.

Two years ago, I received the opportunity of a lifetime and was able to obtain a work permit. I decided, instead of getting a better job, that I would go back to school and obtain a degree that would equip me to continue to be the voice of marginalized individuals, and pursue a career that would empower me to make a difference— not just in my community, but in all communities who face the same struggles as mine. With the support of my three kids and wife, I took the biggest step of my life, one that I know will help me accomplish my goal of fighting for equality and justice for all.

Research interests: 

Major(s): Political Science

Minor(s): Administration of Justice, Behavioral Science and Social Science.