Desiree Hernandez, M.A.
Desiree Hernandez (she/her) is the coordinator of the Dream Resource Center at Pasadena City College. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, her unwavering dedication for supporting marginalized communities is rooted in her personal experiences as a first-generation, system-impacted individual with a mixed-status family. Desiree proudly credits the California Community College system for her educational journey, which began at Cerritos College, where she earned an associate's degree in Sociology before transferring to Cal State Long Beach. There, she obtained a bachelor's degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies while actively engaging in Students for Quality Education (SQE), a student club dedicated to advocating for quality education and equitable opportunities for all students. Desiree also holds a master's degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. During her graduate program, she served undocumented students at LACC's Dream Resource Center, organizing advocacy events, developing academic success activities, and providing advising services. Now, her mission at PCC is to cultivate an inclusive and empowering environment where all students can achieve their dreams, regardless of their immigration status. Alongside her dedication to supporting undocumented students, Desiree is deeply passionate about championing the rights and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals, formerly incarcerated students, and parenting students.
Fun Fact: Desiree is an avid reader who immerses herself in 1-2 books per week, enjoying the convenience of her Kindle for digital reading and embracing Audible during her commutes for a listening experience.
Laura Anaya Jurado (she, ella) is an Undocu-Scholar and a proud DACA recipient. She is a proud daughter of immigrant parents and in a mixed-status home. She was born in Mexico City and raised in El Monte, CA. She attended Rio Hondo College right after graduating from Mountain View High School. She was proud EOP&S alumni and earned by ADT in Sociology. She transferred to Cal State Los Angeles to earn her bachelor’s in Social Work while working at her high alma mater at the College and Career Center for the Cal-SOAP program. After taking a gap year to explore graduate programs, she started her Masters in Social Work at Cal State Long Beach. She returned to work at Rio Hondo College as a graduate student to support undocumented students through navigating various campus policies at the Student Success and Dream Center. She is a former International Completion Success Coach at PCC and worked in various community colleges. Laura values providing students with mentorship, community building, and discussing the importance of mental health to immigration-impacted families.
Fun fact: Laura has traveled to New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland. She enjoys traveling to new places and visiting new restaurants.
Jennifer Hernandez Delgado
Jennifer Hernandez (she/her) is a resource advocate at the Dream Resource Center at Pasadena City College. She was born in Guatemala and moved to the US when she was 15. She attended Santa Monica Community College where she majored in mathematics. After taking a few years off, she transferred to Fresno Pacific University where she completed her BA in 2012. The same year, Jennifer started her graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. It was during grad school that she embarked on her higher education career as an academic advisor. As a first-generation and undocumented student navigating community college, four-year university, and graduate school, she understands the many obstacles undocumented students face in higher education. That’s one of the reasons she’s passionate about supporting students and empowering them with the necessary resources to successfully achieve their educational goals. She’s very excited to be working at the DCR and is looking forward to getting to know students and supporting them during their time at PCC and beyond.
Fun fact: Jennifer enjoys watching tv-shows and movies. She’s currently obsessed with Star Wars but her ultimate favorite show is Reservation Dogs. She also enjoys hiking and visiting national parks.
Raul Gomez (He/Him/His/El) is a first-generation, non-traditional, transfer, low-income,
and undocumented student who grew up in the Coachella Valley. After graduating high
school Raul decided to enter the workforce and it wasn't until 2017 that he decided
to back to school and enroll in College of the Desert. At College of the Desert, Raul
was part of Alas Con Futuro a student organization that advocates for undocumented
students. Raul holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Chicano/a Studies
and Education from UCLA. At UCLA, Raul was part of IDEAS, a student-run organization
that supports the undocumented community, at UCLA he found his passion for working
in higher education in a role that will support undocumented and marginalized student
populations. Raul comes from an immigrant family and knows the sacrifice his family
made in order to give him a better opportunity in this country. Therefore, he hopes
to work in higher education in a role where he can support undocumented students.
Raul for these reasons inspires to work in higher education and is pursuing his Master's
degree in Educational Counseling at the University of Southern California (USC). He
is stoked to be part of the Dream Resource Center and hopes to contribute to the team
and keep supporting the students in any way possible.
Fun Fact: Raul enjoys eating food! He is always exploring new foods to try!
Emily Mojica (she/her) is a resource advocate for Pasadena City College's Dream Resource Center. Driven by her personal background of being a mixed-race woman of color and a first-generation college student, Emily's passion for equity motivates her to continuously advocate for marginalized communities within every sphere. After graduating high school, Emily attended Citrus College before transferring and continuing her educational journey at UCLA. Here, she earned her B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Education studies, whilst also completing an internship for UCLA's First To Go office -- a program dedicated to providing resources and community for UCLA's first-gen students. From a young age, Emily's parents have cultivated an earnest drive for education within her. Through this motivation, Emily hopes to continue to address disparities within higher education to promote equitable experiences for students. She is beyond excited, grateful, and inspired to continue this framework with the PCC community!
Fun Fact: Emily is a foodie and spends her free time watching mukbangs, trying new restaurants, and following recipes from YouTube or TikTok.