Democracy Camp Berkeley

2021 Democracy Camp Journal

March 31, 2021
Monday, March 22nd, 2021 Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies & Dean of the Graduate Division

Dr. Garcia Bedolla’s background and knowledge about career paths for public service were incredibly inspiring. Garcia Bedolla grew up in Los Angeles, as the daughter of Cuban immigrants. Even though her dad wanted her to be a lawyer, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Latin American History from Yale University. She was especially motivated to pursue a Ph.D. because there were very few people of Latin American descent teaching Latin American History. Garcia Bedolla has...

Amelia Rose Monsour

Class of 2026
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento
2023 Democracy Camp Berkeley Fellow

Amelia Monsour is a sophomore majoring in political science and sociology with a minor in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. A proud graduate of K-12 public schools in Los Angeles, Amelia is passionate about addressing inequities in education and supporting California’s public school system. She is also passionate about addressing economic inequality and hopes to pursue a career in public service and law to advocate for economic justice and educational equity.

Throughout her time at UC Berkeley, Amelia has continued to develop her interest in public service and...

Angel Tlachi

Class of 2025
2024 Democracy Camp in Berkeley

Angel Tlachi (they/them)

Angel Tlachi is majoring in political science and Spanish, and is on the Pre-Law track, with an interest in immigration reform. Born in Oakland, and raised in an immigrant household, Angel was aware of the extensive and difficult process their mother and sister had to go through when gaining citizenship. The barriers Angel's mother and sister had to go through then captured their interest in immigration reform.

Angel is the first in their family to attend UC Berkeley, striving to learn more about political systems in Latin...

Christian Dieguez

Class of 2026
2024 Democracy Camp in Berkeley Student Director
2024 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley

Christian Dieguez is an ambitious first-generation sophomore intending to major in Political Science and minor in Public Policy. Being raised in Los Angeles, California, Christian has become passionate about creating solutions to immigration challenges, primarily in obtaining citizenship and keeping families together, and custodial issues in family law. At a young age, Christian experienced the long-lasting effect that divorce had in his low-income immigrant household. While experiencing financial, social, and mental strain, he became aware of the intersection between immigration and...

Angelo Raga

Class of 2025
2024 Democracy Camp in Berkeley

Angelo is a third-year student majoring in political science. Growing up surrounded by talk of such increasingly prominent political issues as a rising cost of living, political polarization, and climate change, he has long sought an entrance into public service to learn how he can do his part to fight these issues. In the past, he has been involved in his community through his high school student council and his time volunteering to tutor and mentor at-risk elementary children at The Leaven. Being a commuter to Berkeley, however, he has struggled to find the connections and...

Ariana Kretz

Class of 2024
2024 John Gardner Fellowship
2023 Schaeffer Fellowship
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley

As a queer and disabled woman, Ariana Kretz hopes that by pursuing a placement in environmental justice, she can create systems that better uplift those of marginalized identities while protecting the planet. Her particular policy interests include public transit and the intersection between Indigenous sovereignty and environmental issues.

At UC Berkeley, she majored in History with double minors in Public Policy and Conservation and Resource Studies. Her honor’s thesis focused on how Native American parents advocated for their children who...

Daira Rivera

Class of 2024
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley Student Director
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
2022 Schaeffer Fellowship
2022 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
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Daira grew up in Hayward California and her parents are from Nayarit Mexico. She is currently a senior attending UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a minor in public policy. Her career is geared towards being a civil rights attorney and one day working in public policy. Throughout her upbringing, she became aware of the systematic failures that affect low-income POC and wants to dedicate her career to aid the effort in changing them. She ultimately wants a career in public service that will fulfill her...