Born in the Philippines, Diana was raised by parents who continuously emphasized the value and function of education. While Diana enjoyed learning during the school day, she found that some of her most fruitful educational experiences took place during her participation in out-of-school time programs—ranging from afterschool programs in elementary school that helped facilitate her experience immigrating to the United States, to a high school summer college enrichment program, which broadened her understanding and critical awareness of the inequities and disparities in access and experience that exist within the educational system.
Prior to joining the CalSAC team, Diana worked with non-profits aimed at increasing access and retention in education, which helped deepen her engagement to initiatives aimed at equity and justice. During her time at CalSAC, Diana hopes to continue the legacy of community and support that were integral to her experience with education, and, through her work with out-of-school time programs, to contribute to the efforts geared toward bridging inequity in education for underrepresented communities.
Diana is currently in her fourth year at UC Berkeley, pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education. In her free time, Diana can be found exploring new food spots, exercising at the gym, or spending quality time with her dog and her loved ones.