Meet Our Mentors

 
 
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Justin Marsden

MAJOR: Communications & Media Studies

SCHOOL: USC

Justin Marsden grew up and currently lives in Downey, CA. After barely graduating from high school in 2008, his son was born, and he entered the work force. He held jobs as a driver, an office assistant, and bussed tables. He started at Fullerton College for the first time in 2012 with no idea what he wanted to study. He took some interesting classes in communication, and with guidance of STOMP founder Daphne, he decided to declare communication as his major. At Fullerton, he got involved on campus with student organizations like STOMP and was a senator in student government. Marsden transferred to the USC Annenberg School for Communication where he developed a passion for studying mass communication and graduated in 2016 with a B.A in Communication.

His current research interests are the effects of media portrayals of minority populations on viewer perceptions and more specifically analyzing the presence, portrayal, and participation of disability in popular media and subsequent effects on viewers.

 
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Itzel Mercado

MAJOR: English & Pre Law

SCHOOL: Cal State Fullerton

Itzel Mercado is a community organizer from Santa Ana and an English major at Cal State Fullerton. While at Fullerton Community College, she devoted herself to the immigrant rights movement through being the Inter-Club Council Representative of the Dream Team Club, an on-campus advocacy group for undocumented people. Itzel is an artist who is also specializing in fine arts and creates commissioned art pieces. As an English major, Itzel's concentration is in British literature. She is pursuing a Juris Doctorate Degree and will one day become an immigration lawyer.

 

FIRAS SHANTI

MAJOR: Political Science

SCHOOL: UCLA

Bio coming soon!

 

Karina Gomez

MAJOR: Sociology

SCHOOL: UCLA

Karina Gomez is a filmmaker and sociology enthusiast from Whittier, CA. Gomez graduated from Fullerton College with two degrees in Sociology and Film/Television Production. She transferred to UCLA in the fall of 2015 as a Sociology major and a Film minor. Gomez runs a lifestyle Youtube channel where she documents her college and post-grad life.She even answers questions for her subscribers.