Program Staff


Karissa Sorenson

Karissa Sorenson, Director

Karissa joined the School of Social Sciences as the Director FGFQ as part of the Social Sciences Academic Resources Center in April 2019. Previously, she served as an Honors Advisor for the UCI Campuswide Honors Collegium. Karissa is the first in her family to attend university. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a minor in public relations from Cal Poly Pomona and her master’s degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University.


Patrick Del Rosario

Patrick Del Rosario, Program Coordinator

Patrick Del Rosario started working with FGFQ at SSARC in June 2017, straight out of his undergraduate career holding a bachelor’s in psychology & social behavior and social ecology. He has dedicated the past few years contributing to the values of our center and continues to brainstorm new ways to improve our services. One thing that he encourages is defining professionalism by your passion rather than how much you make and your accolades.


Faculty in Residence


Anita Casavantes Bradford

Anita Casavantes Bradford, Faculty

Anita Casavantes Bradford is UCI Associate Professor of Chicano Latino Studies, and her research focuses on the history of immigration, the history of childhood, and transnational and comparative Latina/o history. She was the first in her family to attend university and the first woman in her family to graduate from high school. In her free time, Anita loves to travel, dance salsa, and cook Cuban food for her family.



Davin Phoenix

Davin L. Phoenix, Faculty

Davin Phoenix is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UCI, specializing in African American politics, mass media and politics, public opinion and city politics. Davin, who was the first in his family to attend university, earned his Ph.D. in political science and public policy from the University of Michigan in 2015. In his spare time, Davin enjoys reading, taking walks with his dog and watching basketball.



Faculty Allies

Faculty Allies support first-gen Social Science students and their families; validating their experiences, celebrating their resilience, tenacity, and achievements. FGFQ Faculty Allies build upon the university’s existing First-Generation Faculty (FGF) Initiative efforts to cultivate a vibrant first-generation support network for undergraduates. Please note that all interactions for fall 2020 will remain virtual

This is a year-long commitment ranging from 3-6 hours, 1-2 hours quarterly. In this role, you will serve as a resource for FGFQ participants, and can be invited to participate in FGFQ events including:

    • Webinars & Meetings
    • Research Panels
    • One-on-One Meetings

If you would like to become more interactive with our first-gen student population, please fill out this form: Faculty Ally Form.

Mailing Address:
University of California, Irvine
School of Social Sciences Development Office
3151 Social Science Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697-5100


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