A native of Inglewood, California, Armando Lizarraga is a fourth-year transfer student at UCLA studying Chicana/o Studies and Sociology with a minor in Education. He transferred from El Camino College and currently works there as a Peer Mentor for UCLA’s Center for Community College Partnerships. In his capacity as a peer mentor, Mr. Lizarraga provides academic support to first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students by assisting them in course planning, the UC and CSU application process.
His passion for diversity and inclusion for transfer students is what fuels his activism and academic goals. Armando believes that students cannot be what they cannot see; therefore, he commits to making himself visible throughout campus. He has participated on several student panels and conducted research on the narratives of the resiliency of non-traditional Latino males in higher education. This allowed him the opportunity to have a dialogue with Chancellor Gene Block about campus climate in regards to diversity and inclusion of transfer students.
Armando’s attendance to STOMP in 2015 exposed him to scholars who come from communities like his. Armando is confident that through STOMP he will continue to be a bridge between underrepresented student populations and UCLA. Armando foresees himself being a professor of Ethnic Studies or Sociology at a community college. In addition to becoming a professor, Armando wishes to start a non-profit organization focusing on increasing the matriculation and educational attainment of Black and Latina/o students from four-year institutions.