Meet the Dream Team
Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola
Caffeine-dependent Alonso (coffee sip) searches for inspiration and enlightenment in cat imagery ranging from magnets to calendars. When Alonso is not in the office working with students, you can find him, well, working some more in the community, editing papers at local coffee shops, or playing with his cats, Gabo and Kiwi, and re-watching Parks and Recreation for probably the fifteenth time. NO KIDDING. Alonso is passionate about working with undocumented students and families and seeks to share all his knowledge and experiences with the undocumented community as well as the community at large. In 2013, Alonso graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors B.S. in Sociology and in 2016 with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy with an emphasis in higher education administration. In his spare time, Alonso is working on a Ph.D. in Sociology. (coffee sip)
graduate assistant | prospective students
Dayan is one of our graduate assistants and is currently a student in the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Program at the University of Utah. When she is not in school or babysitting her two younger brothers, you can usually find her watching her favorite beauty vloggers or looking online for deals to travel somewhere. She is a huge food lover, so share your favorite restaurants with her! Dayan gained the passion for working with the undocumented community through her experience as a former undocumented student, then later as a Utah College Access Advisor. In 2017, she graduated with her Bachelors in Sociology and through her professional career she hopes to continue working with students to help them fulfill their goals and aspirations.
graduate assistant | transfer students
Brenda is one of our graduate assistants and a student in the Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) Program. She is an alumna from Salt Lake Community College and Utah State University. She recently graduated from USU with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Brenda has been at the forefront of advocating and providing resources for undocumented students. Brenda has helped implement the Bruin Dreams scholarship, and the UndocuAlly training as an active member of the Undocumented Student Resource Committee at SLCC. She is eager to continue her work at the University of Utah's Dream Center. When she is not in school or at work, she enjoys traveling for music festivals like EDC, exercising her creativity, and spending time with her family and three dogs: Duke, Chispa, and Bandit.
PEER MENTOR | outreach
Luis Trejo *drag queen enthusiast and expert* is an undergraduate student at The University of Utah majoring in Health Promotion and Education. He was raised in Utah, but born in Mexico. You can usually find Luis at his house or at the Del Taco drive thru buying 5 fiesta packs for himself. He likes to get the best of life. He wants to be able to help people achieve their goals in life as well. Luis' own personal life goal is to meet his role model and savior, Bianca Del Rio, while saving the world from rats and spiders. His hobbies are sleeping, eating, complaining, and bothering people!