Gabriela is a first generation student from Queens, NY. Growing up in the most ethnically and linguistically diverse borough of New York City instilled an appreciation for cross-cultural communication and a curiosity for collective human behavior, which inspired her pursuit of Sociology and Linguistics at Occidental. Gabriela studied abroad in Khon Kaen, Thailand where she practiced Thai and studied human rights issues related to Development and Globalization. On campus, Gabriela serves on the executive board of Pulse Dance Group, which offers free weekly dance classes to the Oxy community. She has also worked with Admissions as a tour guide and volunteered with Upward Bound as a mentor to first-gen students preparing for the college process. In her free time, she enjoys photography, visiting museums and exploring LA’s rich food scene.
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