Recent ISF Graduates

Catrina Gotuaco

Education and Human Development

 After graduating from UC Berkeley in May 2013, Catrina pursued her interest in mental health research, and secured an internship as a research assistant for Dr. Nolan Zane at the Asian American Center for Disparities Research (AACDR). She contributed to a publication on cultural adaptations to psychotherapy, and participated in the planning and piloting stages of a study on the construct of face concern, which is known to impact mental health treatment processes among persons of Asian/Asian-American ethnicity. Catrina writes: “Coursework in my ISF area of concentration of Education and... Read More

Rachel Greenfield

Corporations and Society

After graduating in Spring of 2013, Rachel moved to San Francisco and began working as a Campaign Coordinator at a marketing consulting firm that supports leading technology clients throughout the US. During her time at UC Berkeley Rachel also minored in Global Poverty and Practice. She writes: “My experience as an ISF major profoundly shaped my time at UC Berkeley. I was able to take my education into my own hands and immerse myself in multiple questions surrounding the intersection of business and social impact. I studied abroad in England and was able to see how another country... Read More

Rosa Hernandez

Transnational Workers' Rights

Rosa Hernandez graduated in Spring 2015. She double majored in ISF and Rhetoric. Rosa’s passion for worker justice led to her thesis on transnational workers’ rights movements across the NAFTA countries and Brazil. During her time at Cal she was a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union and worked on the leadership development team at the UC Berkeley Center for Research on Labor and Employment. (IRLE)

She received the Cal Alumni Association Achievement Award and was a Public Policy and International Affairs Law Fellow at the Goldman School of Public Policy.... Read More

Christine Ho

Language and Power

Christine’s area of concentration was Language and Power in Education; she remembers the inspiration that ISF Advisory Board member Claire Kramsch provided her. Christine’s thesis investigated how teachers can use language to empower students to learn, rather than to dis-empower and alienate them. Christine writes: “This was inspired by my experiences at Cal, taking classes from professors who used language as a tool to help me learn and introduce me to their discipline.... as well as others whose language was so confusing and lofty that I felt disconnected and shut out from the discipline... Read More

Grace Hwang

Comparative Health Care Systems

Since graduating in May 2012, Grace has been a part of the IT Strategic Services/CIO Chief of Staff Office team at Kaiser Permanente as a Business Analyst. Grace plays a key role in assisting the team deliver on top priority strategic projects on behalf of the CIO, assessing the competitive landscape and trends, and tracks performance management measures for the entire IT organization. One of her favorite projects has been implementing and coordinating a pilot to use an innovative technology solution across six pediatric weight management programs at four Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers... Read More

Imani Ivery

Globalization and Cultural Identity

After graduating in Spring 2016, Imani interned in Beijing, China for the bookstore and Buzz Feed-style multimedia company, One Way Space. She was featured on the company’s pop culture podcast where she contributed her thoughts on the controversial Chinese laundry detergent commercial which sparked international outrage for its racial implications toward Black people. The podcast was in Mandarin and heard by over 10,000 listeners in Mainland China.
During her time at UC Berkeley, Imani centered her interests on Globalization and Cultural Identity... Read More

Kamyar Jarazadeh

Migration and Refugee Studies

Kamyar was awarded the Department Citation in 2014 and the prestigious Clarendon Fellowship given to only the most distinguished graduate students across the disciplines at Oxford. He writes: “ISF has been a springboard for all of my past and ongoing projects. I've had the great opportunity to be be a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) scholar, allowing me to travel to Turkey to complete my ethnographic fieldwork and publish in the Berkeley Undergraduate Journal. I will be attending Oxford in Fall 2014, and undertaking the MSc program in Migration Studies. In my spare time, I... Read More

Shana Johnson

Public Policy and Public Health

After graduating in 2012, Shana went on to New York University to pursue her Master's in Public Health. During her time at NYU she has studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. There she was able to see firsthand the obesity crisis and understand the development of the crisis in a clearer sense. In May of 2014 Shana graduated with her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Nutrition from the  Global Institute of Public Health. This summer she will be traveling to Peru to work with a nonprofit organization to focus on child health and development. Shana writes... Read More

Hannah Jones

The Psychology and Rhetoric of Leadership

Hannah titled her Fall 2013 thesis: “Expanding the Mind: Leadership for the 21st Century” and provides us with this abstract:Advances in the fields of neural science and cognitive psychology have changed the way leadership development can be conceived of and implemented. The research on adult cognitive psychological development provides extensive evidence for the benefits of brain-based training as the solution to our current leadership crisis. Complex challenges of the postmodern world call for much more than technical capacities and skills, they demand that... Read More

Katherine Karmen Trujillo

Human Rights

Born in South Central Los Angeles, Katherine is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Honduras. Katherine’s mother, a refugee from El Salvador, and her father, an economic migrant, sacrificed to no end to provide her with an education. Their tireless work ethic inspires her commitment to advancing educational opportunities for others.
Growing up in a community rich in diversity yet marred by violence, Katherine learned to navigate contentious spaces with empathy and diplomacy. At UC Berkeley, she grew fascinated by shared experiences of... Read More