Marissa Vasquez, Co-Chair
Dr. Marissa Vasquez graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.A. in English. Marissa is an Assistant Professor in the Ed.D. Community College Leadership Program at San Diego State University.
A Chula Vista native, Marissa earned an associate degree from Southwestern College, a master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development from the University of San Diego, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.
Arcelia Magaña, Co-Chair
Arcelia (Arcy) Magaña is a first generation college graduate, graduating from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in Legal Studies and a B.A. in Classical Civilizations. Arcy was heavily involved in the Ch(x)icanx/ Latinx community at Cal through her participation in Latinx focused student organizations and her various leadership roles within the Chicana/Latino Student Development Office.
Arcy was born to Mexican immigrant parents and raised in Escondido, California. She earned her law degree from California Western School of Law in Spring 2016 and passed the July 2016 California Bar Exam. Arcy is currently an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas M. Diachenko, APC, where she practices employment law.
She loves dancing, hiking, and curling up with a good book. She is passionate about the academic advancement of Ch(x)icanxs/ Latinxs and is excited to connect with more San Diego Ch(x)icanx/ Latinx Cal alum who share that passion.
Letty Fierro, Community Co-Chair
Leticia Fierro graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a B.A. in Social Work and Ethnic Studies, with a minor in Education. While at Cal, she was involved with the RAZA Recruitment and Retention Center as the Outreach Coordinator, and worked as a College Advisor in East Oakland. It was while at Cal that she discovered her passion for motivating and working with youth. She moved back to San Diego upon graduation, worked for a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. She applied was accepted into the School Counseling program at the University of San Diego. For the last 3 years she has worked as a School Counselor at Del Dios Middle School.
She loves spending time with her Spiderman obsessed son, Emiliano. Enjoys traveling and has traveled to Japan, Africa, Mexico and Barbados. She hopes to continue to work with youth and in the near future return to school and receive her Ph.D. The value in education was something she inherited from her parents, her father would always say, “they can rob your material things but no one can ever take your education from you.” She hopes to continue to be a life learner and try to make this world a better place.
Gabriel Urias, Co-Community Chair
Gabriel Urias was born and raised in the rural, San Joaquin Valley, farm community of Shafter, California. His parents are campesinos who taught him the importance of hard work, family, and community involvement. He attended Cal from 2000-2004 where he began his studies as a Civil Engineer before transitioning to Philosophy. During his time at Cal, Gabriel was the President of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity (2002-2004) and was heavily involved in the Latino community.
Gabriel is an Associate Attorney at Jan Joseph Bejar Law Corporation where he practices immigration law and removal defense. Prior to this, Gabriel worked at the ACLU on the implementation of the landmark class action lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Lopez-Venegas v. Johnson. Throughout his legal career, Gabriel has committed himself to serving immigrant communities with the care, compassion, and dignity they deserve.
Gabriel earned his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 2013 and passed the February 2014 California Bar Exam. He currently works in the field of Immigration Law where he helps good/hardworking people, just like his parents, remain in the United States everyday. He hopes to continue expanding his knowledge in immigration law and eventually write policy that will positively affect immigrant communities for decades to come.
Nicole Cázares Enriquez, Advisor and Past Co-Chair
Nicole Cázares Enriquez graduated with honors from Cal in 1997 with a B.A. in American Studies. Currently, she is the Principal at Sherman Academy in Sherman Heights. She is honored to work in a community dedicated to Dual Language Immersion and successfully closing the achievement gap.
Prior to this role, Nicole worked as a teacher (for 15 years) at Chula Vista Learning Community Charter (CVLCC) School and as the Dean of Students in its middle school.
Nicole is committed to fostering innovative and critically autonomous thinkers who are dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities, both locally and globally. However, her most important job is raising her two spirited and loving young boys.