Students and Interns

The Digital Mural Lab is always on the search for undergraduate and graduate students to work with as well as lab Interns

View a selection of our current and past interns and students

Students

Carlos Rogel
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies University of California, Los Angeles
Carlos Rogel

Carlos is an emerging interdisciplinary media artist. His works include video installation, painting and digital media. His work as Project Manager at the Social and Public Art Resource Center focuses on the creation of new public artworks through the UCLA@SPARCDigital/Mural Lab, mural advocacy, preservation and expanding the role of collaborative visual art in interdisciplinary education. A first-generation born of Salvadoran immigrant parents who arrived in Los Angeles at the beginning of the civil war, his work is often concerned with the representation of post civil war iconography and its effect on transnational identities. He has worked extensively assisting world-renowned artist & Distinguished UCLA Professor Judith F. Baca on signature works such as the mural restoration of the Great Wall of Los Angeles, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Arches at the LAUSD RFK Community Schools-Paul Schrade Library, La Gente del Maiz digital mural at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, the Ataco Mural Project in Ataco, El Salvador on behalf of the State Department/US Embassy, and the Richmond Digital Mural Project for the Richmond Arts Center in Richmond, CA.

Silvia Rodríguez Vega
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies University of California, Los Angeles
Silvia Rodríguez Vega

Silvia was born in Chihuahua Mexico and raised in Phoenix Arizona. Currently she is a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. Her primary research interest focus on the effect of immigration raids on children’s education, physical, and emotional wellbeing.  In addition to how these children perceive both immigration policy and authority figures like law enforcement.  She is also interested in studying the resilience with which immigrant children and young adults pursue higher education in spite of the obstacles youth of color face. She is also concerned about immigration policy, mixed status families, poverty and inequality, undocumented students and college access, and arts for social justice and human rights.

Carissa Garcia
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies University of California, Los Angeles
Carissa Garcia

Carissa is an interdisciplinary artist who approaches her work as a storyteller and poet, engaging in thoughtful oral histories and intimate visual ethnographies. Her focus as a Cota-Robles Fellow is on community cultural development and the collective memory of Chicana artists in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where she was born and raised. Her research interests include: visual ethnography, oral history, and the archive; oral traditions and “other ways of knowing”; performing identity and cultural transmission; memory and place; collective memory; Chicana artivism; Chicana feminism; community cultural development; social justice driven art education; creative writing.

Kaelyn Rodriguez
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies University of California, Los Angeles
Kaelyn Rodriguez

Kaelyn was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Growing up, she loved to observe graffiti and other forms of public expression. As an undergraduate, she was interested in looking at how gender and age informed makers of graffiti, street art and public culture. While studying abroad in London, England, she wrote an ethnographic report on her observations of the South Bank Skate Park. Since then, she has written about and presented on graffiti that is germane to London, England and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests include: public art, visual culture, artivism, Chicana feminism, third world feminism, multiculturalism, public space, site and memory, alternative forms of knowledge, and social justice. 

Juan Pablo Mercado
Ph.D. Student in the Department of History - University of California, Los Angeles
Juan Pablo Mercado

California & WWIILabor historyOral historyPublic Art

Subfield: Twentieth-Century United States; Chicana/o History

Interns

Christine Girod
Digital Lab Intern - World Arts and Cultures Undergraduate Student
Christine Girod

2015-2016

Gabriela Romero
Digital Lab Intern - Art History
Gabriela Romero

2015-2016

Zoe Leroy-Antaki
Digital Lab Intern - World Arts and Cultures
Zoe Leroy-Antaki

2015-2016

Alex Gonzales
Digital Lab Intern - Alex Gonzales
Alex Gonzales

2015-2016

Melody Wang
Digital Lab Intern - Applied Linguistics
Melody Wang

2015-2016

Minh Ngo
Digital Lab Intern -Applied Linguistics
Minh Ngo

2015-2016

Robert Penna
Digital Lab Intern - English (American Literature)
Robert Penna

2013-2014

Miranda Rivera
Digital Lab Intern - Art History
Miranda Rivera

2013-2014

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