About us



The UCRC opened in 2018 of March to help Undocumented students and other Immigrant students to navigate through college. The Center is committed to helping students find the resources they need to meet their academic and career goals. Community is important to us so we want everyone to feel welcome here at the UCRC.

The Center focuses on Academic Counseling, Mental Health advocacy and Legal Services Referrals. As well as resources for students like partnering with organizations such as:

View our Partnerships on our resource page click here


Meet The UCRC Team 


Carolina Martinez

Carolina Martinez is one of the founders of the Undocumented Community Resource Center (U.C.R.Center) Carolina Martinez was born and raised in Mazatlán, Mexico. Ms. Martinez moved to the United States 14 years ago with the dream of securing a better future for herself and her family. Supporting her family economically and emotionally is what motivates her to get up every day, while studying hard and working for her Undocumented Community. Ms. Martinez was granted five years ago with a U-visa and currently has her Permanent Resident (Green Card). Ms. Martinez thinks that every person has the right to the same opportunities. She expresses her Mexican roots through Mexican folk dancing and is proud to say that dance is her most powerful form of expression.

  Pronouns: She/Her/Ella


Angelica Peña

Angelica was born and raised in the East Bay and is a proud transfer student from Ohlone College. She transferred to UCLA where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Chicana/o Studies and was the first in her family to receive a college degree. She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and has over three years of experience working with diverse populations, including undocumented, low-income, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, English language learners, first-generation, and historically underrepresented college students of all ages and abilities. Her passion for counseling stems from her personal journey as a first-gen. She is committed to providing compassionate, carino, open door, holistic care as an advisor.

Pronouns: She/Her/ELLA

B.A. in Sociology & Chicana/O Studies

M.S. College & Career Counseling -San Francisco State University


Anthony Zelaya-Umanzor

Born in San Francisco to Salvadoran Immigrants who fled the civil war in the ’80s. He attended City College of San Francisco. At CCSF, he discovered a new family, the Latino Service Network and City Dream, who took him under their wing and guided him, helping him find his passion and transfer, obtaining his B.A in Psychology and later his Masters in Guidance and Counseling. He has worked as a program coordinator at City College of San

Pronouns: He/Him/El

B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California & M.A in Counseling and Guidance from San Jose State University





Bryan Marroquin

My name is Bryan Marroquin. I’m currently majoring in Arts and Animation and will be transferring in 2024. I was born in Guatemala and immigrated to Berkeley CA .I’m volunteering at U.C.R.C. Because it lets me support students who have been through similar struggles, I hope to provide support and resources for those in need .


U.C.R.C.  Communications Design

Pronouns: He/Him

Berkeley City College Transfer Student

AA-T Arts & Animation


Sonja Garcia

My name is Sonja Garcia and I was born and raised in Berkeley, Ca. I am a first-generation college student at Berkeley City College and am majoring in psychology. Working at the UCRC provides me with the opportunity to support and provide resources to students who seek and need it.


U.C.R.C. Logistics Advisor

Pronouns: She/Her

Berkeley City College Transfer Student

AA-T Psychology


Grecia Barajas

My name is Grecia Barajas, I speak Spanish and English. I was born and raised in Mexico but immigrated to Berkeley Ca in 2016. I’m currently majoring in Real estate but I’m also interested in contractors. Working at UCRC inspires me to help other people to continue their education goals by bringing forth information and resources that they may need.


U.C.R.C Dream Act Specialist  

Pronouns: She/Her

Berkeley City College Student

AA-Real Estate



Britani Barajas 

My name is Britani Barajas. I’m 21 years old and was born and raised in Mexico, but I emigrated to Berkeley CA in 2016. My current major is Real Estate but I’m interested in businesses too. Working at the UCRC program helps me to help others that are in the same place as me. I also love to be very social and inform other people about the resources that the program offers. 


U.C.R.C Volunteer 

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Berkeley City College Student

AA-Real Estate



Alvaro Ruiz Figueroa

My name is Alvaro Ruiz Figueroa. Born and raised in Uruapan-Michoacan, Mexico I ended up immigrating when I was 17 years old seeking for higher education as I’m available to help my family and others. My major is still undecided. The UCRC gives me the opportunity to support other students as I learn from them and from the amazing staff this one has.


U.C.R.C Outreach Advisor

Pronouns: he/him

Berkeley City College Student



Juliana Baptista

I am Juliana Baptista, this is my first year at BCC and my major is General Business. I am from Brazil and immigrated to California 5 years ago to learn English. Working in UCRC program inspired me to learn about my rights, and help the students by showing that is possible to follow their academic dreams giving them information about our resources and programs that they can engage in.  

U.C.R.C Student Worker
Pronouns: she/her
Berkely City College transfer student
AAT General Business



Maria Citlaly Ibarra

My name is Maria Citlaly. I was born in Mexico and I immigrated to California when I was two years old. I took a break from school after I graduated high school and this is my second semester at BCC. I am a first-generation college student and working at the UCRC inspires me to inform others about the resources that are provided at BCC, in addition to helping build a community where we all feel safe and included.

Statistics Tutor

Pronouns: she/her

Berkeley City College transfer student






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