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Basic Needs Intern


How can I help?   
Academically, I can help with changing majors, or leading you to the resources that can better inform your decision. I can help with finding the best study spots outside of campus, mainly which coffee shops to visit outside of Isla Vista. My role centers around assessing and advocating for the Basic Needs of undocumented students. If you have any concerns or ideas on how  I can better assist you please reach out to me!

About Me  
Daian is a fourth-year Comparative Literature major. She wants to continue her academic journey at graduate school and one day she aspires to be an author of stories that encourage and comfort others. She was previously a Pre-Pair Mentor for the USS, which broadened her knowledge of the different undocumented experiences and burdened her with a need to be a part of its support system. She comes from a small immigrant family with big dreams, which has encouraged her to move forward despite the world pushing back (granted she takes pit stops along the way). In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, playing sports (namely tennis and volleyball) and drawing.  

Where are you and/or your family from? 
Daian and her family are from El Salvador, La Paz.

What words of wisdom do you have for undocumented students? 
Daian understands how difficult transitioning to college is, especially when it feels like you’re doing it alone, and even more so when you have a unique identity. She found a welcoming community through USS, where she met staff and other students who could relate with her, and understand her needs. Daian encourages any undocumented students to find that niche spot where you feel at home.

What is one thing off your bucket list? 
Standing under a waterfall!