I was born and raised in California and hail from a big Salvadoran family. My research interests include social movement theory, democratization, citizenship and immigration especially as they pertain to Latin America and the Middle East. I recently graduated from California State University, Fresno where I majored in political science and mass communication and journalism. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to gain experience as a researcher, intern for a California congressman and serve as a media correspondent for a number of local newspapers. I also volunteered at a local community church where I served as a teacher and mentor to children and youth. I am driven by the belief that one of the the greatest goals in life is to actively work toward bettering society, whether through education, volunteer work, research or other nonviolent means. I feel extremely blessed to have been chosen as a 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholar and look forward to embarking on this new journey.