Major(s): Sociology (Law and Society Emphasis) & a U.S History Minor
"Throughout my freshman year of college I became really interested in law, and wanted to pursue a career within that field. However, I was completely lost on that journey and La Raza offered me the resources to help guide me on that path, all while offering a support system where I got to build incredible new friendships!"
Daisy Baez, Co-Chair
Hometown: Concord, CA
Major(s): Political Science (Public Service)
'When I transferred to UC Davis, I had difficulty adapting. I no longer had my support system with me, therefore I had to get out of my comfort zone and find an organization that aligned with my values. After attending different clubs, my cousin advised me to join La Raza Pre-Law Student Association. This organization became my support system at a time in my life when I felt alone. I joined this organization to reach out to students who felt just like I did."
Vanessa Carreno, Secretary
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Major(s): Political Science & History
"Since entering college, I've always known that I wanted a career in law and I was so lucky to find an organization possessing students with similar interests. La Raza has given me very useful information and resources that have helped me understand the process of achieving my dream of attending law school. I'm so thankful for La Raza and the strong lifelong friendships I have made. I'm so excited to be a part of board this upcoming school year!"
Iris Diaz, Treasurer
Hometown: Escondido, CA
Major(s): International Relations & an Italian minor
"I am the treasurer for this wonderful organization this year. I decided to join and become more involved in LRPLSA because of its mission goals and amazing community. Together we can continue to move La Raza forward and create social equity!"
Jasmin Pena, Academic Chair
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Major(s): Sociology, History, & a Minor in Chicanx studies.
"I decided to join LRPLSA because I knew I wanted to go into law but had so many questions. The first time I walked in I saw people who looked like me and shared the same background. It was an awesome feeling! The more I got to know other members the more I knew I had made the right decision. LRPLSA has become my family and they have taught me a lot! 💓 I believe in its mission to reach out to first generation low-income students and expose them to resources first."
Cassandra Rodriguez, Fundraising Chair
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Major(s): Sociology (Law and Society) & Chicanx Studies (Social Policy)
"I joined La Raza Pre-Law because I knew this organization was going to help me contribute to my personal and professional growth, leading me in the right direction and path into Law School. It has become one step closer for me, granting the realization of what kind of lawyer I want to be and what success I would like to pursue. LRPL has provided me many resources and opportunities that have created a sense of awareness and self-identity in myself and my advocacies."
Diana Cruz, Marketing Chair
Hometown: Manteca, CA
Major(s): Political Science & English
"Before joining La Raza, I had been lost and had lacked confidence in my abilities. After some time involved with this organization, I have come to realize that although I am a first generation minority, I possess the power within myself to achieve my dream of becoming a lawyer. With the help, support, and guidance of La Raza, I have now become a confident student. Words cannot express my gratitude."
Serena Droguett, Social Chair
David Minai, Political Chair
Arely Valencia, External Affairs
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major(s): Political Science & Philosophy
"I was introduced to La Raza Pre-Law Association my first year of college and I was automatically motivated by their empowerment to the Latinx community. As a first generation university student, I did not have any guidance on the next steps to pursue an intricate career in law. After attending the first few meetings, it reinforced me to pursue my goal of becoming an attorney and to create a welcoming ambient for students of color who aim for a similar placement in the legal field."
Diana Mendoza, External Affairs
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major(s): International Relations & Philosophy
"I decided to join La Raza because I was curious about the law field and wanted to learn more. Coming from a brown and low-income community, I never really knew that law was a possible career choice I could choose. This club was able to provide me with priceless resources and new friendships that gave me the confidence to pursue my goal of becoming a lawyer one day."