Undergraduate Research & Scholarships


Marisol Sanchez

Hello everyone! My name is Marisol. I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. I am a first-generation Latina from Los Angeles. I enjoy weightlifting, reading, and eating food. I was part of the Fall 2022 cohort of UC students. This past fall I had the privilege of interning for Congressman Tony Cardenas. Through the UCDC program I discovered new places, networked with fellow interns and congressional staff/representatives, and made new memories. My favorite internship memory had to be the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Gala, where I got to hear President Joe Biden speak on the importance of the next generation of Latino leaders. My favorite memory outside of school and work was visiting new places like New York for a weekend or spending time discovering free DC museums. Feel free to contact me to speak anything about UCDC via calendly. I look forward to helping all of you with this next step!


Cyn Gomez

Profile Cyn Gomez

Cyn Gomez (also goes by Daniel) is a nineteen-year-old, first-generation student at UC Berkeley, majoring in Social Welfare with minors in Race and the Law and Spanish. Cyn’s pronouns are he/him and they/them and identify as nonbinary and transmasculine. Cyn is an election poll worker, Berkeley Student Cooperative Board Representative, a student worker at UC Berkeley, ASUC EAVP State Government Relation Director, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for the non-profit organization for the Tangible Movement. He participated in UCDC in Spring 2022 and held an internship with the University of California Federal Government Relations segment of the UC Office of the President. Cyn enjoys reading and public speaking, is enthusiastic about advocating for the importance of mental health, human rights, and social justice. Cyn is a very social person and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and learning more about others. They hope to be a lawyer and congressperson in the future. His main goal in life is to impact lives through politics, reforming systems that have caused historic traumas, and ensuring the rights of others. The best way to reach me is via email or adding a meeting time to my bCal! 



Devyn Lopez

Profile of Devyn Lopez

Hi everyone! My name is Devyn Lopez! I am a third-year student at Cal, majoring in Social Welfare and minoring in Spanish. I am committed to assisting communities of color and under-served populations through direct legal, educational, or social services that aim to help individuals build a sense of agency without compromising their autonomy. I am genuinely passionate about ending gender-based violence and one of my ultimate aspirations is to advocate on behalf of survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. As a participant in the UCDC program during the Spring of 2022, I had the opportunity to intern at Becky’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence through advocacy, education, and service work. There, I was able to educate others about domestic and sexual violence in a way that promoted healthy relationships while also uplifting survivors’ difficult experiences. I truly love DC and its platform for those who seek to turn our passions into professions. I am so excited for all of you to apply and participate in the UCDC program! If you have ANY questions at all, please do not hesitate to set up a meeting with me!

You can find my
Calendly (https://calendly.com/devynalopez/devyn-s-ucdc-office-hours)  or you can shoot me a quick email at devynlopez@berkeley.edu

Andrés Larios

Profile of Andrés Larios

What is up?! My name is Andrés Javier Jimenez Larios (he/him) and I am a twenty one-year-old student proudly from the Inland Empire. I am in my last year at Cal studying Political Science and Latin American languages. A bit more about the identities I hold, I am a first-generation college student, a gay latino man, and my family comes from Mexico, Nayarit and Jalisco to be precise. I work as a campus ambassador and writing tutor this year, but I was also a Resident Assistant and Research Apprentice before I went to UCDC. I am currently working on my honors thesis in political science on the topic of US externalization of immigration policy and enforcement in Latin American countries, so wish me luck! A few hobbies I participate in are photography, active exercising (running, hiking, weightlifting), and exploring cities on public transportation. I was a part of UCDC in Spring 2022 and I worked for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) as a program intern for three programs: Venezuela, Mexico, and Border Security. Through my time with WOLA I became dedicated to working on advancing human rights in Latin America and also working to highlight all the good and bad occurring in the region. I hope that after my time at Cal is done I find another avenue to continue my work in advancing human rights, whether that be an organization or in a PhD program. The best way to contact me is by emailing me at andresamx@berkeley.edu and including the word UCDC in the subject line. Suerte amigxs.