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Ethnic Studies Alumni Career Panel

ES Alumni Panelists

The Ethnic Studies Department, in collaboration with the Career Services Center, hosted a career panel featuring four amazing Ethnic Studies alumni. 

Ethnic Studies students had the opportunity to hear from alumni working in the fields of education, journalism, non-profit, and labor. It was an inspirational panel where alumni shared how their Ethnic Studies degree prepared them for their career, personal stories on their career journeys and their experiences in graduate school. The event ended with words of advice for our current students and a networking reception. A special thank you to our panelists and all those who attended the event!

The panelists' biographies can be found below.



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Alumni Panelists

Mohan Kanungo (B.A. '07)

Director of Programs & Engagement, Mission Asset Fund

Mohan Kanungo first joined Mission Asset Fund at the beginning of 2013 to lead programs that financially empower youth. Since then, his role has expanded as the Director of Programs & Engagement to lead local social-loan programs and explore potential partnership with other nonprofits across the country. Mohan is a board member with Social Justice Collaborative, a non-profit legal service provider in Oakland and is a Network Steering Committee Member with CFED's Assets and Opportunities Network. Mohan graduated from the University of California, San Diego with degrees in International Studies and Ethnic Studies and is also an alum of UCSD's Mexican Migration and Field Research Training Program.

Jessica Lopez Page (B.A. '12)

Claims Assistant/Medical Only Claims Specialist, CorVel Corporation

My career path has gone like this: Student Activist for 4 years to Non Profit community organizer for 2 years to Labor Union organizer and manager for 10 years to big career change to the Workers Compensation Insurance Industry for 1.5 years. My current job title is Claims Assistant / Medical Only Claims Specialist at CorVel Corporation. I provide assistance for two accounts and I manage a caseload of 30-40 Medical Only claims.

Brisa Romero Singh

Director of Outreach for the San Diego Region Fusion Academy and Learning Center

Brisa Romero Singh is the Director of Outreach for the San Diego Region at Fusion Academy and Learning Center, an alternative one-to-one private middle and high school. She has been in this role for a year but has been with the company for 8 years including her years as the Director of Student Development at various Fusion campuses. Brisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California in San Diego and Masters in Counseling with School specialization at the University of San Diego.

Jennifer Velez (B.A. '13)

Digital Journalist

Jennifer Velez is a multimedia journalist with a specialization in arts reporting. Her career in journalism began when she interned for National Public Radio's "Weekend All Things Considered." Since then Jennifer has worked on the digital team for NPR affiliate station 89.3 KPCC in Los Angeles and has had bylines in arts and culture media including Remezcla and London's Wonderland Magazine. Jennifer graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Communication and Ethnic Studies before completing her Master in Specialized Journalism at the University of Southern California. Jennifer is a current member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ.)