Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond
Spotlighting Latino culture and contributions as UCI celebrates five years as a Hispanic Serving Institution
As an undergraduate at UCI majoring in biological sciences and working towards a preliminary teaching credential, Valeria Zavala’s career goal was simple: to become a science teacher. But the journey to get there – which involved certification fees amounting up to $1,000 and working more than 500 student-teaching hours without pay – was anything but easy.
Zavala had immigrated to the U.S. in middle school and worked hard to become the first in her family to attend college. Adversity was not new to her, but the hour-and-a-half long bike rides to the elementary school she observed multiple times a week, on top of working part-time to support herself and her family, began to take a toll on her academics. …
Scholarship recipient plans to pay it forward through building a stronger public health infrastructure
First-generation public health policy student Gabriel Loza aspires to earn post-grad degree and working for the WHO
From an early age, sisters Gabriela and Cecilia Perez grasped the importance of good communication with healthcare professionals to ensure information did not get lost in translation. A 2019 graduate of UCI with a degree in chemistry, Gabriela is now pursuing her doctorate from UCI’s School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her younger sister Cecilia is a student at the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing and aspires to be a pediatric nurse.
ICS senior talks about his motivation, competing as an NCAA Division I student athlete and shares advice for prospective students