International Relations Team
The International Relations (IR) Team extends FISH's outreach in Mexico by fostering cross-cultural interaction between FISH and the community. FISH achieves this goal by bridging the language barrier between both parties; FISH associates are taught Spanish, and English lessons are offered for the community. In addition, community events are organized to interact with the community and familiarize themselves with our organization.
Erika Liliana Gonzalez
Jessica De Anda
Not pictured: Alex Nechaev, Daisy Andres
Co-Director of International Relations
Lili is a first year Political Science major. She joined FISH in the Fall of 2018 because of her love of service work and her interest in Global health. Originating to a rural village in Mexico, she has first hand witnessed the hardships caused by the lack of equity in health care and lack of access to opportunities as a whole. Through FISH, Lili has been able to exercise that drive to serve meanwhile working to bridge the opportunity gap in other communities. FISH has also given her more knowledge on global health and has sparked an interest in health reform law. FISH has been an invaluable experience to her on an educational and personal level. As director of International Relations, Lili hopes to better understand Maclovio's needs, and assist FISH in better serving the community. Outside of the organization, Lili is a dancer in Grupo Folklorico de UCLA, and enjoys to paint and explore Los Angeles.
Miguel Velasco, Co-Director of International Relations
Miguel is a second year Biology major and Global Health minor. Having grown up in Los Angeles, he joined FISH fall 2018 to gain an understanding and appreciation of different cultures. The teaching and volunteering he has done through FISH has been a humbling experience that has allowed him to reconnect with his Hispanic heritage. It has unveiled his passion for learning about the struggles facing other communities and encouraged him to pursue his minor. Miguel is looking forward to strengthening FISH’s bond and outreach with Maclovio Rojas to better serve the community. His favorite memories in FISH come from meeting new people and learning their unique stories. Aside from FISH, Miguel works as a lifeguard in Northridge, California and is on the UCLA Club Swim Team. On his free time, he likes to explore new hiking trails, new food, and parts of Los Angeles he has never been to before.