Hometown: Delano, California
School: University of California, Berkeley
Placement: The Office of Sen. Alex Padilla
Oscar was born and raised in the small agricultural town of Delano in California’s San Joaquin Valley by his family who immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Being a first-generation, low-income college student, he is very passionate about education and began studying at Bakersfield College, his local community college, before eventually transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently studying Sociology. After graduating, he plans to gain experience in the non-profit or government sector and eventually further his education by pursuing a graduate degree in public policy, public administration, or law.
While at UC Berkeley, he is currently a Health and Technology Fellow at The Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, where he is merging his interests in social justice, public health, and technology to learn more about human-centered design and how it can be utilized to create solutions that directly uplift marginalized communities like his hometown. He is also currently a Public Relations Intern for ELEVEN: The Undergraduate Journal of Sociology. Outside of campus, he holds leadership positions at some local organizations that he co-founded in his hometown, including Delano Democrats and the Delano LGBTQ+ Alliance.
As a CHCI Intern, Oscar hopes to expand his knowledge about government, advocacy, and opportunities in public service to better understand the ways can uplift and support his community through policy in the future.