Program Staff


Jasmine Esquivias

Jasmine Esquivias

Profile coming soon. 




Karissa Sorenson

Karissa Sorenson

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.



Faculty in Residence


Anita Casavantes Bradford

Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford | Faculty Profile

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

Dr. Davin L. Phoenix | Faculty Profile

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 hybrid options will be considered for all interactions during fall 2021.


2021-2022 Faculty Allies


Become a Faculty Ally! Social Sciences faculty, are you interested in becoming an integral part of our FGFQ student's journey? Participate in this year-long commitment ranging from 3-6 hours, 1-2 hours quarterly. As an ally, you will serve as a resource for FGFQ participants, and may be invited to participate in FGFQ events including:

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

Please complete the following form to become more interactive with our first-gen student population: Faculty Ally Form.

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School of Social Sciences Development Office
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