Ana Navarrete, Program Director
Ana was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico and migrated with her family to the U.S. when she was 9 months old. As a child she lived in San Jose for many years until she moved to Stockton, CA where she attended high school and community college. As a first generation student and also undocumented, navigating higher ed was a very difficult, but through her involvement in the Puente Program and the California Dream Network, Ana was empowered to advocate for institutional support for undocumented students in higher ed. In 2013 Ana obtained a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies from UC, Santa Cruz, and since graduating she has continued her work in developing best practices and resources to support the success and graduation of undocumented students in higher ed. During her free time Ana enjoys roller-skating alongside her dog, Tin Tan.
Evelyn Perez, Student Assistant
Evelyn was born in Hidalgo, Mexico and came to the U.S at the age of 4. She was raised in a small town in Northern California named Vacaville where she has lived for the majority of her life. In 2018 Evelyn became the first in her family to graduate from high school and pursue a college education at a 4-year University. At San Jose State she is majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. She has been involved with the center since her first year as a freshman. She began volunteering and learning more about the work of the center. Now this Fall marks 3-years she has been working at the UndocuSpartan Student Resource Center as an intern helping students.
Perla Prado Lopez, Student Assistant
Perla was born in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico and she arrived in the United States when she was only 4 years old. Her family settled in Sunnyvale CA, where she was raised most of her life. She is the first in her family to attend a 4-year university. At San Jose State, She is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. This is Perla’s first year working in the USRC. She is passionate about helping others and would like to be a resource for first-generation and low-income college students. During her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys listening to music and going on hikes.
Eliana Olivas, Student Assistant
Eliana was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She is a first-generation college student at San Jose State University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology. She is the oldest amongst her siblings and moving away from home was hard to transition to at first, but she is learning to take advantage of everything college has to offer. She hopes to one day give back to her community by working in legislation with a concentration on immigration reform. She is passionate about increasing representation for underrepresented communities. In her free time, she enjoys going out with her friends and family, going to concerts, and listening to true crime podcasts.