Rodrigo Dorador immigrated to Arizona in 2000 with his mother and sister to reunite with his father, who had begun their family’s journey to the U.S. three years earlier. He started school in the U.S. in the fourth grade and failed miserably in his first semester due to his limited English skills. By the end of 5th grade, however, Rodrigo had become one of the top students in his class. In 2008, Rodrigo was accepted at Santa Clara University, where he received a full scholarship. In the summer before his senior year, Rodrigo received the Donovan Fellowship to work with E4FC’s Outreach Team. He enjoyed the experience and community immensely, and continued the following year. In June 2012, Rodrigo graduated from SCU with a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics, and received the Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award for “exemplifying the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being a whole person of solidarity in the real world and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world.” Rodrigo hopes to obtain a PhD in systems theory in the future.
Ju Hong is a current research assistant at Harvard University, working on National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP), a national research study that seeks to understand the effects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on the everyday lives of young undocumented immigrants receiving or wishing to receive its benefits.
Ju came to the United States from South Korea at the age of 11 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Laney College in Oakland, where he was elected as the first Asian American and youngest student body president. Ju graduated from Laney College and transferred to University of California, Berkeley, where he became the first undocumented student government Senator in UC Berkeley history.
In 2013, Ju challenged the President Obama on a record number of deportations during his speech at the Betty Ong Center in San Francisco. His courageous action was appeared on national and international media, including CNN, New York Times, NPR, and BBC News.
Ju graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, and he is currently pursuing Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University. After he graduates from the program, he hopes to continue to support underprivileged immigrant communities through public service.
Ju enjoys traveling, dancing, reading, networking, and playing basketball. You can follow Ju on Twitter and Instagram at @JuHong89. To learn more about Ju, please visit his personal website: joinjuhong.com
Krsna Avila is a Juris Doctor Candidate at Cornell Law School and a graduate of the University of California, Davis where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology. Having immigrated to the United States when he was only four months old, Krsna grew up feeling like he belonged in this country, despite his legal status. Growing up in East Oakland, he was a victim of four gun violence incidents. Early on, education became Krsna’s tool for freedom and self-advancement. Since Krsna joined E4FC in 2009, he helped develop and advance E4FC’s Legal Services program, gained in-depth knowledge of U.S. immigration law and has been able to use his knowledge to pursue and gain lawful permanent residency for himself and help others in similar situations.
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