Dulce Walton Molina

2017
Placement:
City of Vacaville Community Development Office
Placement Location:
Vacaville

Dulce was born in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. At the age of 11, she came to the United States with her family and settled in Fairfield, CA. She graduated in 2015 from Solano Community College with an A.A in Social Science, an A.A in Liberal Studies Elementary Teacher Preparation, and an A.A in Communication Studies. She transferred in Spring 2016 to UC Berkeley and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Her experience as a first-generation, low-income, undocumented student has encourage her to serve and be a voice for underrepresented communities. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Dulce was an intern through the Cal-in-Local Government program at the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. As an intern, part of her role was to increase awareness of the resources provided by the Rent Board as well as investigate the current housing crisis affecting the most vulnerable communities. This experience allowed Dulce to further comprehend the dynamics of social structures that perpetuate economic and social inequalities. She wants to work towards improving accessibility to resources to marginalized communities. This summer, as a Matsui Local Government Fellow, Dulce will be an intern at the City of Vacaville Community Development Office, where she hopes to study in depth the concept of 'built environment' for disadvantaged communities and how that creates the unequal access to opportunities that people of such communities. With this understanding, she hopes to develop programs that promote community participation in urban development, as a way to counter the negative impacts in these communities.

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