Ellis Eckles

Ellis Eckles is a rising fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Public Affairs. Ellis has worked with organizations like Olive Crest to support foster families and vulnerable youth. At the Pritzker Center, she hopes to grow her understanding of child welfare policy in America and ways to improve

Claudia Martinez

Claudia Martinez is a third-year dual degree graduate student. She is currently pursuing her master in social welfare concentrating in mental health across the life; and public health specializing in community health sciences. During the summer she completed 400 field studies hours at Venice Family Clinic as a Behavioral Health Intern. Currently, she is gaining

Cristopher Espino

Cristopher Espino is a rising second year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, double majoring in Political Science and Education & Social Transformation Studies. On campus, Cristopher works as the Chief of Senate in the Academic Affairs commission and the UCLA Political Science Council. Cristopher also works as a Stakeholder for the

Tae Thompson

Tae Thompson is a doctoral candidate in UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies, Urban Schooling Division. His research explores how educational institutions can facilitate success for marginalized students, particularly those who have had interactions with the child welfare and justice system. Tae is a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow and aims to counter the master

Isabella Reina

Isabella Reina is a third year undergraduate student at University of California, Los Angeles, double majoring in Public Affairs and Communications. Isabella is a member of the AVENUE initiative and a research assistant on the TAY HUB FYI Housing Choice Voucher Study. Aside from research efforts, Isabella is a communications assistant for the Pritzker Center.

Kahlila Williams

Kahlila Williams is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, double majoring in Sociology and African American Studies with a minor in Community Engagement and Social Change. She worked as a liaison for the Bruin Guardian Scholars Program and has been an advocate for students through the Black Student Achievement

Keara Williams

Keara Williams is a doctoral student in UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies, Urban Schooling Division. She is a high school English teacher committed to social justice and giving back to her community. She believes in teaching a curriculum that centers students of color experiences and values students’ assets. Keara received her BA in

Maya Melnick

Maya Melnick is a third-year Cognitive Science major (B.S.) pursuing a specialization degree in Computer Programming with a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media. As the Operations Assistant at the UCLA Pritzker Center, Maya assists with grant acquisition, event, and field trip planning, as well as work in communications. After she graduates from UCLA,

Mia Meza

Mia Meza is a rising fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Nursing. At the Pritzker Center, Mia works on the AVENUE, DV, and TIES projects. Mia hopes to become a Nurse practitioner that provides quality and accessible trauma informed care to all patients and their families while addressing

Olivia Gilchrist

Olivia Gilchrist is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, double majoring in Psychology and Public Affairs. Olivia is a head counselor with UCLA Unicamp and volunteers for Mentorship at UCLA. She looks forward to supporting research and education around the child welfare system.