Nuestras Historias Participants

Nuestras Historias:  CLRC Archive Project Apprentices, 2015-16

Esteban Adame headshotEsteban Adame


Sociology, with a minor in Latin American & Latino Studies

Before arriving at UC Santa Cruz, Esteban attended San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, CA.  Once he began his undergraduate journey, he got involved in several research projects, most notably Working for Dignity.  He was part of the cohort of CLRC apprentices to survey low-wage workers in the city of Santa Cruz in the winter of 2014 under the leadership of Professor Steve McKay and Sociology PhD candidate Ruben Espinoza.  He continued to participate in the Working for Dignity project by taking Work and Society (Sociology 176A), in which he learned to conduct in-depth interviews.  Doing hands-on research in Working for Dignity sparked his interest in how language matters in the workplace.  In the fall of 2015, he began writing his senior thesis, "Why the Linguistic Division of Labor Matters in the Santa Cruz Workplace."


Vicente Lovelace headshotVicente Lovelace

Latin American & Latino Studies and Politics

Vicente is a first-year Cowell College affiliate who plans to pursue a combined major in Latin American and Latino Studies and Politics.  His research interests include transnational political discourse, Latino representation in higher education, and the rights of undocumented people.  In addition to watching Tarantino films and campaigning for Democrats, his greatest passion is having conversations with his tightly knit family over hearty meals.


Cinthya Murillo headshotCinthya Rosario Murillo

Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies

Cinthya is passionate about educating immigrants about their civil and human rights and encouraging youth to pursue a higher education.  Inspired by her experience as president of We B.U.I.L.D (Bringing Unity to Immigrants and Life to their Dreams), she interned with Neighborhood Legal Services in Los Angeles County, where she conducted research on immigration law and the legal rights of immigrant victims of domestic violence.  She holds an Associate Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Los Angeles Pierce College, aspires to do more research on immigration law, undocumented worker rights, and Latino/a youth civic and political engagement, and is considering a career in law.  


Alma Villa headshotAlma Villa

Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies

Before arriving at UC Santa Cruz in the fall of 2015, Alma attended El Camino College Compton Center, where she received her Associate Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Winner of the 2016 Blum Scholar Grant, Joel Frankel Award, STARS Re-entry Scholarship, and Weiss Family Scholarship, she is researching precarious housing among Latinos in Southern California, with a focus on the impact of the current housing crisis on low-income Latinos in Los Angeles.  In addition to participating in Nuestras Historias, she is the CLRC's Professional Career Development Program Intern.