Marissa is a third year student at UC Riverside pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. Within this last academic year, she found her voice in student advocacy and discovered a true passion for speaking up for herself and uplifting often-forgotten narratives. Although her experience in advocacy is relatively new, the passion she has for advocacy, specifically in regard to mental health, is something she hopes to translate into her professional life. As a first generation college student, navigating this stage of her life is anything but easy, in part because she also has a chronic mental illness. However, she chooses to look at it as a strength and hopes that in spreading her narrative, others will also be empowered to share theirs, too. She hopes to advocate and uplift the community in the Inland Empire of Southern California, specifically with those of marginalized communities.
2019 - 2020 Member of MHA's CMHIC