events & Workshops


Financial Aid Empowerment Workshop


Our guest speaker, Silvia Marquez currently serves as an Associate Director in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and as the HSI Implementation Manager for the University of California, Berkeley. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who were low-income and worked el tomate in the Central Valley; Silvia was raised in Stockton and is a 1st gen college student. She holds a bachelor’s in Social Welfare from Berkeley, a Masters in Public Administration from CSU East Bay and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership at UC Davis - she is 100% a product of public education. Silvia has over 20 years of student service experience in higher education including director roles in both financial aid and admissions. Her current role allows her to advance DEIB initiatives on the Berkeley campus and within the UC system.

Past Events

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College Application & Personal Statement Virtual Workshop


Our guest speaker, David Melena. A College Prep Counselor, David Melena has over 8 years of experience in higher education access as a former director of college readiness at both College Track and The Foundation for Hispanic Education. He is also a former assistant director of undergraduate admissions at UC Berkeley where he read and evaluated both freshman and transfer admissions application. Currently, David is a college counselor at Bellarmine College Prep a Jesuit high school in San Jose. David cites his experience as a first generation college bound student and son of immigrants from Mexico as a foundation for his pursuit to be a resource to future generations of BIPOC and first generation college bound students.


Roadmap To PHD


Join us for a conversation with Vanessa and Carlos, two first gen, latinx students in pursuit of their Doctorate in Social Work at Fordham University in The Bronx, NY. They will be discussing the different stages of their journey, from precontemplation, application process, to once admitted. While everyone's journey to a PhD is different, their stories are sure to inspire your journey to any program.


Cover Letters 101


Building VAGA Dreams professional development series: Cover Letters 101 This webinar will be hosted by Gustavo Orellana, Residential College Coordinator from the University of Southern California. The event is completely FREE and OPEN to anyone with the motivation to succeed.


Virtual Resume Workshop


This workshop is a part of our Career and Development virtual series: Building Vagas Dreams. Part of our mission is to empower and equip women with the necessary tools to succeed professionally, and having an amazing resume is KEY!