Boris is a UCLA graduate with a B.A. in Political Science. Boris became interested in the unique opportunity TOLA afforded to foster a greater understanding of grassroots organizing and the logistics of political campaigns. Boris is interested in legal career in the field of civil rights and public interest litigation, he aims to learn more about the public policy cycle and strategies for reforming California’s initiative process.
Christina Castaneda-Hull grew up in Montebello, CA. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Humboldt State. As a young child with severe Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis she was told she may never walk. As a young adult she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Yet she has survived to not only enjoy walking but has been cancer-free for 6 years. In the future she hopes to continue to lead alife of service, helping people and society with her various skills and life lessons learned.
Angela has proven her passion for community and fellowship, as manifested during her role as Child Life Specialist Volunteer at UC Irvine Medical Center, as a Peace Corps volunteer in the former USSR, and as a Project Leader in a Romanian orphanage and an English camp. Angela hopes to transmute her international experience into domestic success and is confident that TOLA can equip her to do just that.
Awndrea was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Political science and a Minor in Business Administration. She has worked with various non-profit organizations in advocating for youth, administrative work, and program planning and development. She looks forward to a career in public policy and law. As a TOLA fellow she will have a hands-on experience and gain the necessary skills needed to execute her future goals.
Melquis has been involved in different forms of organizing since 2008. During this time, he has found himself involved in different types of social justice movements, and a hybrid of community building and organizing. Born in Lawrnece, MA, (home to some of our nations early labor struggles) Melquis grew up in an environment that has compelled him to continue working with people to ensure that they participate in the decision making processes that effect their lives. Melquis views TOLA as an opportunity to further himself in the journey of ensuring that people are civilly engaged in matters of benefit to them and their community.
Lolis Ramirez is the oldest of five children. Raised in Pittsburg, CA, she is the first in her family to graduate from college. She attended CSU Chico and graduated with a B.A. in Nutrition and a minor in Spanish. She recently had the opportunity of doing an internship with the Dolores Huerta Foundation in Bakersfield, CA and completed an internship related with Nutrition Education in Chico. Throughout her collegiate experience she was deeply involved in various student body and cultural organizations. She hopes TOLA will further equip her with the skills necessary to engage and mobilize the community at large.
Rohit graduated from UCSD in 2010 with a degree in International Studies – Political Science. Throughout his college career Rohit has worked with multiple NGOs that are involved in the international community such as the International Rescue Committee. Post-graduation he has been volunteering with the American Red Cross in Disaster Relief Operations and International services. He has traveled around the United States to assist people who have been struck by disaster. He hopes TOLA will give him the hyper-local organizing education that will make him successful organizing on the international stage.