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Our Latinx Athletes: Gabriela Jaquez

A McDonald’s All-American, a Nike EYBL Peach Jam champion, and now a Division 1 athlete at the number one public university in the nation, Gabriela Jaquez’s reputation precedes her as she enters the world of college basketball.    The Camarillo native, who has been playing basketball since the third grade, joined the UCLA Women’s Basketball […]

Our Latinx Student-Athletes: Maricarmen Reyes

Our Latinx Student-Athletes: Maricarmen Reyes  Maricarmen Reyes has been playing soccer since she was four years old. Since then, she’s played all over the world. Not only has she represented the United States in major tournaments, but the Adidas athlete has also represented Mexico as a player on the women’s national team.    After the […]

Our Latinx Student-Athletes: Alyssa Garcia

Courtesy of the UCLA Softball Media Team – Vinny Lavalsiti Representing her community on the field reminds Alyssa Garcia about how her visibility on the field garners admiration from other young Latinas, especially when Garcia herself didn’t grow up seeing many Latina athletes. “It’s just so powerful how you can reach so many little girls […]

Navigating Year One: Relearning and Resilience

I always knew attending college came with a new lifestyle to conquer like learning to live away from home, creating my own class schedule, and meeting new people. However, I did not anticipate being unprepared for my new academic milestone as a first-generation, Latinx college student.  My journey to UCLA was completely unexpected. I first […]