Karina Citlaly Alvarez was born and raised in Baldwin Park, CA and received her B.A in Chicano/Chicana Studies with two minors in Education and Social and Ethnic Relations from UC Davis. She has experience with youth in various educational settings such as teacher’s assistant, a summer camp counselor, Registered Behavioral Instructor, a Cultural Programmer in UC Davis' CASA Cuauhtémoc resident hall and even a youth campus intern for at-risk youth in Sydney, Australia. She found her passion for college access and educational equity while she was a student outreach advisor for UC Davis’ Early Academic Outreach Program for two years. Karina continuously strives for a greater access pool for all students and families. She is a big advocate for any collaborative work effort for college access and post-secondary plans within communities. Karina LOVES to travel the world and encourages everyone to “Seek Discomfort” to live a fulfilling life.