Democracy Camp in DC

Ariana Berumen

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2022

Ariana Berumen is a first generation Latinx student at UC Berkeley. Ariana grew up in San Martin, CA, but now lives in Gilroy, CA. Ariana is a senior double majoring in Sociology and Spanish with an Education Minor who is ambitious to continue to learn in order to better understand how to make a difference in the world. Growing up, she faced educational injustices of only knowing Eurocentric knowledge that oftentimes made her feel like people of color do not have the capability of succeeding and attaining a college education....

Jocelin Robles

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2022

Jocelin Robles is a first-generation Latina from East Oakland majoring in Ethnic Studies and minoring in Education. As someone from a low-income immigrant family in the Bay, Jocelin has first-hand witnessed how local and federal governments inflict economic, social, and political injustices within her community. Her upbringing as someone who struggled due to intersectional identities has driven her to pursue opportunities that allow an in-depth understanding of education, immigration, and basic needs policies. More so, Jocelin believes in...

Yessica Mox

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2022

Yessica Mox is a Political Science major from Riverside, CA. She comes from a low-income community and has lived experiences that have shaped the type of work she would like to do in the future. She hopes to work in the public service sector and would like to one day attend law school. In the past, she has interned for a local nonprofit, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. She was part of the board of directors for Inside the Living Room, a student-led organization that helps students connect with internships at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC). In...

Karen Esparza Lopez

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2023

Karen Esparza Lopez is first-generation Mexican Immigrant and former foster youth studying Political Science. During her time in foster care, she witnessed extreme injustices that many foster youth face in the child welfare system. She has seen the ways in which local and federal governments have both failed at meeting the needs of their underrepresented community members in the foster care system. She hopes to resolve these issues through a career in public service. She is most passionate about resolving issues regarding child welfare, social welfare,...

Ibrahim Mohyuddin

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2022

Ibrahim Abdul-Aziz Mohyuddin is a college senior studying Legal Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He grew up in a very tight-knit immigrant Muslim community in Tennessee where he had gotten to experience first hand the ways that ethnic immigrants and Muslims were treated in a southern, conservative state post-9/11. He has seen first hand how the government can be used to target minority communities; the Tennessee State Legislature being one of the few legislative bodies in the United States to not only introduce, but also pass an “Anti-Sharia...

Tatiana Butte

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow & 2023 Democracy Camp DC Student Director
Class of 2023

Tatiana Butte is a first-generation Afro-Latina studying Human Geography. She grew up with a single mother in Southeast San Diego, where she was exposed to drugs and violence. She recognizes low-income communities of color like her suffer the strain of being unheard of for basic needs concerning areas of healthcare and environmental health crises. She acknowledged the importance of awareness around neglected issues within marginalized communities of color which led to her involvement in community activism and public speaking. Her passion is resolving...

John Lam

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow & 2023 Democracy Camp DC Student Director
Class of 2023

John Lam is a first-generation transfer/reentry student at the University of California, Berkeley studying political science. He was born and raised in South Sacramento, CA to Vietnamese political refugees. Growing up in an under-resourced and underprivileged neighborhood made it difficult for him to imagine life out of poverty.

At the age of 17 he experienced the school-to-prison pipeline first hand. He found his political consciousness and passion rooted in the story and lives of those who are incarcerated and want to work toward criminal justice
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Bianca Torres Murray

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2024

Bianca is a proud Mexican-American from Echo Park, Los Angeles. Her ancestors’ grit and determination greatly inspire her. Also, Bianca is a second-year Ethnic Studies major who’s passionate about social justice and community engagement. Specifically, she’s interested in the intersections between race and public policy and how policy impacts peoples’ lives. Bianca has had many experiences working to change policies for the better. As a high schooler, after being denied the opportunity to run for a board seat on her local neighborhood council due to her...

Daniel Munoz

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2023

Danny is a transfer student who identifies as re-entry, first-generation, and formerly incarcerated, among other marginalized populations. Raised in Oakland and San Leandro, California, a disadvantaged family dynamic has caused him a great deal of adversity. After decades of going back and forth to jail and a violent lifestyle, in 2016, Danny was shot five times. In 2018, Danny made the decision to pursue higher education, with goals of giving back to his community.

Now, as a Sociology Major and Public Policy Minor at UC Berkeley, Danny aspires to not
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Alexander Rodriguez

2022 Democracy Camp DC Fellow
Class of 2022

Alex Rodriguez is a Latinx, first-generation student majoring in Legal Studies and double-minoring in Education and Global Poverty and Practice. He grew up in a lower working class community in South Central Los Angeles in his immigrant household. Considering his background, Alex is interested in becoming a civil rights attorney to make strides within the legal system to help undocumented, poor, and non-English communities through legal advoacy and activism. Alex has interned with the ACLU of Northern California, ACLU California Action, UC Berkeley...