Ashley D. Guerrero is a geography Master of Arts candidate, Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar, and a first-generation college student. She also works at the University Writing Center, where she is dedicated to serving the diverse CSULB student body to grasp academic writing. As an economic geographer, her research interests include spatial inequalities and their link to health disparities; macroeconomic patterns of housing and labor markets and their connection to place-based policies; and macro patterns of spatial demographics. Her master’s thesis examines the social and economic change and the uneven development in the northern Parisian suburbs in Seine Saint Dennis. Upon completing her master’s, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and ultimately become a professor concentrating on urban economics and inequities. In her free time, she enjoys film photography, spending time with her family, and hanging out with her dog, Pancake.
Gabriel Velazquez is a first-year graduate student and LINK Scholar in the Master in Public Health (MPH) program at CSULB. Gabriel aspires to become a health promotion program manager, assisting marginalized communities through involvement in the creation of culturally tailored health programs for the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys playing video games, strength training and traveling.