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Student and visiting scholar profiles:
(in alphabetical order, by last name)
Professor of Sociology
(listed alphabetically by last name)
Summer 2014 - present
Robert Chlala is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Prior to graduate school, he spent over 10 years working in organizing, legal advocacy and educational services with youth and immigrant communities. He also conducted independent research for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, the California Fund for Youth Organizing and the California Endowment on issues affecting young people of color in California. Upon entering graduate school, he worked with Prof. Veronica Terriquez to conduct quantitative analysis tracing the impact punitive discipline has on young men’s educational and economic trajectories.
Robert's current qualitative research sits at the intersection of urban studies, labor, race/migration and social movements, investigating how workers mobilize to transform city policy around policing in Los Angeles.
He is excited to continue engaged research that can make lasting ties between universities and community and labor organizations, and can speak to the everyday concerns of people working hard to build lives of dignity, happiness and equality. Robert is inspired in this work by his family and friends’ struggles and victories, and his practice of Nichiren Buddhism with the Soka Gakkai International, a constant reminder of the vast potential that all life possesses.
Víctor George Sánchez Jr. is a first year Master of Public Policy student at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Víctor is the son of immigrant parents from Costa Rica and México. A proud first-generation Chicano/Latino, he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with dual majors in Sociology and Latin American & Latino studies.
Prior to grad school, Víctor was the Community Engagement Development Coordinator for the Northeast region with the AFL-CIO. There, he helped build relationships with community groups around a shared agenda that included access to good jobs, health care, quality public education, affordable housing, and immigrant rights. As president of the UC Student Association during his undergraduate years, he helped lead the development and implementation of statewide campaigns advocating for greater access and affordability within the state's public higher education system. Upon graduation, his passion for empowering marginalized communities led him to Washington, D.C., where he was elected as vice president and then president of the US Student Association. There, he managed and implemented grassroots campaigns around national issues like student debt reform, the federal DREAM Act, and the preservation of educational access and financial aid programs for low-income students.
Víctor hopes to leverage his social justice organizing background to acquire the skills needed to further empower--through policy--low income and historically marginalized communities. He hopes to further focus on issues at the intersection of income inequality, anti-displacement/sustainable community and economic development as well as race and migration.
(listed alphabetically by last name)
Fall 2014 - present
Paxton is a Junior at the University of Southern California majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Digital Studies. His professional interests involve global business, finance, and digital media. One day he hopes that he can start a company where these interests can intersect and provide a positive impact on underprivileged communities.
On campus he works as a member of the executive board for ALPFA, an undergraduate finance and accounting club that strives to bring internships, jobs, and other opportunities to students of color at USC interested in the field of finance. As he finishes his remaining years at USC, Paxton hopes to take advantage of the various professional and social opportunities that USC provides, and looks forward to a fulfilling career after graduation.
2014 - Present
Felicitas Reyes is in her third year at USC as an American Studies and Ethnicity major. She began working for PERE/CSII in November 2014 and has helped assist in outreach events and other administrative duties. She is also the undergraduate research assistant for Vice Dean George Sanchez in his office of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives. She has also worked with the Roots Foundation as the administrative director. She is also involved with Chicanos for Progressive Education as the executive assistant and as a member of the Latino Fellowship. Felicitas has also worked on a community engagement project known as History in Box that works to collect certain items that depict historical themes which will be utilized in Boyle Heights’ classrooms. She hopes to start her own research project with undocumented youth and Freedom University in Georgia as an extension of her previous immigrant research in Japan.