Office: JEF 102
Monica Valencia is the Administrative Assistant at the Program for Environmental ad Regional Equity at USC. Previously, she spent six years serving in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer where she was given station appointments in North Dakota, South Korea and Germany. Upon her return, she enrolled at Oxnard College where she received three A.A’s in Sociology, Anthropology and Liberal Arts. Monica recently graduated with Honors from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Sociology, minoring in Human Rights and a concentration in Social Inequality. She is the recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Scholar award, the USC Discovery Scholar award and she is the first veteran to be distinguished as an Andrew W. Mellon Mays Fellow. These awards allowed her to receive funding as an undergraduate to conduct her own independent research, which she designed and completed. The thesis she authored is: Ethnic Supremacy: The Effects of Transnational Prejudice on Incorporation and Identity Formation of Oaxacans in the U.S., and it focuses on the Oaxacan immigrant experience in the United States. Specifically, her study explores processes of transnational prejudice experienced by Oaxacans in Mexico and in the United States, tracing how this prejudice shapes their pathways of incorporation and racial identity in the United States in both social and labor sectors. As a new staff member at PERE, Monica brings with her legal and community advocacy experience, having interned for JusticeCorps at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles and teaching at the Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project.
Areas of interest:
Social Inequality/Social Justice Activism
Gender Inequality Advocacy