Karina Gutierrez

California State University, Los Angeles

Karina Gutierrez is a proud California native from the Inland Empire region. She is currently a History major with a minor in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She is also in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at her school. As a first-generation Mexican American college student, she has a passion in understanding how immigration law and policies between the U.S. – Mexico impact communities. In her current research, she hopes to find out how organizations have advocated for immigrant rights in the Inland Empire. In the future, she hopes to become a professor to not only mentor other Latinx students, but to also combine academic work with organizing to give back to her community. On her free time, she helps out people within her community on their path to citizenship by providing resources and guidance.