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.
Diana joined the CalSAC team as an intern in 2018, with prior experiences with non-profits aimed at increasing access and retention in education that helped deepen her engagement with initiatives aimed at equity and justice. During her internship at CalSAC, Diana strengthened her understanding of the out-of-school time field and learned more about the value of agency collaboration in supporting initiatives for equity in the field. In 2019, Diana joined the team full-time; moving forward, she 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 a recent graduate from UC Berkeley, with a B.A. in Psychology and 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.