Bryonn Bain
Director

bryonnbain@pep.ucla.edu


Claudia Pena
Faculty in Residence 


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Armando Tellez
Associate Director
ArmandoTellez@pep.ucla.edu

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Aishah Abdala Lopez
Graduate Student Researcher 

Aishah Abdala López (her/them) is a first year in the dual Masters program for Social Welfare and Public Policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and a recipient of the Luskin Fellowship. While receiving her B.A. in Public Health with a minor in Public Policy at UC Berkeley, they played rugby and served as the Environmental Justice Alternative Break Leader. They were border town raised with the privilege of growing up across borders between Tijuana, B.C. and San Ysidro, CA. Since then Aishah has dedicated her time and service in understanding health as a social effect, health as an institution and uplifting community-led systems-change for health and justice. Aishah has served capacity building efforts among community organizing networks, consulted public health departments and philanthropic efforts on best practices for conscious community engagement and health equity communications, advised a tech company of inclusive practices for non-english and undocumented workers, and facilitated workshops on LGBTQIA+ issues for Latinx friends and families with loved ones within the LGBTQIA+ community. Aishah joins the PEP team with great excitement and passion for reimagining restorative forms of health, care and justice.


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Rebecca S. Redmond
Graduate Student Researcher 

Rebecca Redmond (pronouns she/her/hers) is a parenting student of three and a first-year Master of Social Welfare student, with an emphasis in social and economic justice, at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Rebecca has bachelor’s degrees in sociology and African American studies from UCLA and has worked in education with ‘nontraditional’ students for the last five years. She is an Alfrey Blue and Gold scholar, Bernard Osher scholar, University of California Office of the President Black Staff and Faculty Scholar, Graduate Opportunity Fellowship recipient and the 2019-2020 UCLA Center for the Study of Women Renaissance Award recipient.


Siyue (Lena) Wang
Graduate Student Researcher

Siyue (Lena) Wang is a doctoral student in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research examines the role of immigration status and race in shaping undocumented experiences in higher education. Specifically, she is interested in the social construction of illegality, and how it intersects with other systems of oppression to marginalized communities of color. Prior to graduate school, Lena earned her bachelor’s in Linguistics and Psychology with a Labor Studies minor at UCLA. As a scholar-activist, Lena is committed to improve the conditions of underrepresented communities by serving as a research assistant, an immigration advocate, a community college mentor, and after-school instructor.


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Bunny Saaverda

Staff 

 

Bunny Bunny Saavedra is a Los Angeles native.  Shortly after earning a BFA in Theater Arts, she became a company member at The Actors’ Gang. Here she would gain experience as a professional teaching artist in the Education program and Prison Project, which lead to a new passion for Art Therapy   Currently, Bunny is a graduate clinical counseling candidate at Loyola Marymount University and working towards a Master’s in Counseling with an LPCC, PPS and CWA.


Nathaniel Whitfield 
Graduate Student Researcher

Nathaniel Whitfield is an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Studio here at UCLA. He is an artist, writer, teaching fellow, curator as well as a researcher for the UCLA Prison Education Program. Working across performance, video, installation and text his artistic practice engages in examination of conditions of labor, class and site-reflexivity. He is a firm believer that the contours of history are produced by the struggle of working and oppressed people in resisting power


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Jingqiu Guan

Graduate Student Researcher

 

Originally from Chengdu, China, Jingqiu Guan is currently a PhD candidate in Culture and Performance at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. As a filmmaker and choreographer, Jingqiu has presented her dance films and documentaries in a number of film festivals in the US, the UK, Norway, Spain, Austria, Mexico, mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Her works center the voices and expressions of people of color, women, immigrants, and people of disabilities.


Savannah Ramirez
Graduate Student Researcher

Savannah Ramirez is a Master’s student in Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is a Lead Graduate Student Researcher with UCLA Prison Education Program. Savannah is also a Bunche Fellow with UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. Her work focuses on leveraging geospatial analysis, regulatory compliance review, and community engagement to pursue intersectional research to develop a report assessing the intersection of mass incarceration environmental injustice in California. Savannah’s interests include transformative justice, abolition, and education reform to empower at-promise communities. Savannah is also involved in advocacy work for Underground Scholars Initiative at UCLA and Policy Professionals for Diversity and Equity.
Before joining the Public Policy program, Savannah lead community organizing for youth sports and education in Los Angeles, specifically East Los Angeles, CA. She began her career as a K-12 educator upon graduating from the University of California, San Diego. Savannah will be facilitating a student-led course in Spring 2021 with the Department of Public Policy.

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Alba Nunez
Undergraduate Researcher 

Repping South Central LA, Alba Faviola Nuñez is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience. She excelled in the Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program (BISEP) the summer of 2019 which introduced her to science research. She is currently a part of the Kumar Lab in the Department of Anesthesiology studying volumetric differences in the hippocampus of patients diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, as well as other cardiovascular diseases. Over the summer of 2020, Alba was awarded the Dean’s Life Science Award as well as the Queen Road Foundation Scholarship to conduct her research as a part of the CARE SEM Summer Program. As a result of being directly and indirectly affected by the system, she is passionate about studying the effects of childhood adversity and toxic stress in adult health, and specifically wants to focus post-graduate studies researching biomarkers of toxic stress as a means of preventing adulthood disease and creating a mechanism for neuron regeneration. Additionally, Alba is a Bruin Guardian Scholar and a sibling of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. In her free time, she enjoys learning new coding languages, perfecting skills in cosmetology, advocating for mental health awareness, and spending time with her overachieving sisters.


Annalea Forrest
Graduate Student Researcher

Annalea Forrest is an indigenous graduate student at UCLA pursuing dual masters degrees in public health and social welfare (MPH/MSW). She is a Built-Environment student researcher at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a research associate with the UCLA Prison Education Program. Her special interests surround comprehensive prevention in the field of violence prevention and equitable access to education for marginalized communities. Additionally, she is a multidisciplinary artist who uses spoken word, visual arts, and songwriting for community resilience and therapeutic services in Los Angeles, CA.


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Brisa Smith Flores

Research Associate

Brisa Smith Flores completed her undergraduate career at The Pennsylvania State University. There she worked to earn three degrees, Art History, History, And Global and International Studies, along with three minors in African American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Latino/a Studies. During her time at Penn State, Brisa was a part of the first class of students to participate in the DC Social Justice Fellowship where she gained pedagogical training to engage high school age students in topics of social justice, empowerment, and resiliency. She participated in social justice training through the Paul Roberson Cultural Center and facilitated workshops on race and self-empowerment. She was nominated for the Social Justice Award by the Penn State Chapter of the NAACP. She also spent her time as a peer mentor through the BLUEprint program, a mentorship program to increase matriculation for marginalized undergraduate students.


Danielle Dupuy

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Vikram Tamboli

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A New Way Of Life

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Anti-Recidivism Coalition 

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Rosie Rios

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Donna Malmud

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Matthew Mizel

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Ryan Lo

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Leigh Harris

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Amber West

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Mary Frances Corey

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David Goldman

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Liz Galvin Lew

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Paul Von Blum

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Lauri Mattenson

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Alex Spokoyny

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Dana Cairns Watson

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