Student to Student Support
Three UCLA undergraduate students—Christina Springer, Jeylee Quiroz, and Kevin Riambon—present their engaged research projects, and provide in-depth information about their research process. This student to student space demonstrates exemplary student research projects and provides you with the support to actualize your own engaged research. Note the way in which the students affirm their own research identities in the process, the methodologies they selected to examine research data, and how these projects informed their current (and future) professional opportunities. To further strengthen your research abilities and provide you with additional writing support, the students have generously provided a copy of their final research reports that you can utilize as examples of a completed research project.
Christina Springer is a senior Political Science transfer student from the sunny beachside city of Ventura, California. As the President of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students, Christina advocates for the recognition of academic excellence within the transfer community. She is pursuing both College and Departmental Honors and is involved in cross-departmental research on Congressional primary elections and social mobilization, both interests she developed during her experiences in independent research, campaign work, and social activism both on and off the UCLA campus.
Christina’s research project titled, “One Industry, One Union, One Contract: How Justice for Janitors Organized the the Invisible,” explores the Justice for Janitors movement. This is a union success story set in Century City during the 1990s, the campaign is a prime example of grassroots organizing in the face of institutionalized obstacles. Though placed at a great disadvantage, the Justice for Janitors movement triumphed because workers, community members, and organizers united to create a better future for exploited service workers.
Jeylee Quiroz is a UCLA Political Science and Labor and Workplace Studies graduate. Her interests lie in advocacy for worker justice, immigrant rights, social movements, and the law. Jeylee is currently a ReWork Project Coordinator at the UCLA Labor Center working on the I am a #YOUNGWORKER project. The project is a multimedia research project that combines data, stories, and images by and about young people. It is the culmination of participatory student-led research over the past year that analyzed over 550 surveys of young workers across Los Angeles county and gets to the core of what young workers in Los Angeles County are facing today. As a project coordinator and a young worker, Jeylee advocates for young workers’ rights and disseminates the report to labor audiences to educate the community about the everyday struggles, hopes, and demands of young workers.
Kevin Riambon is a fourth undergraduate student majoring in Asian American Studies and double minoring in Labor & Workplace Studies and Public Affairs. He currently serves as Vice Chairperson for Anakbayan Los Angeles, working to educate, organize, and mobilize our community to address issues affecting Filipinos in the United States and Philippines. Kevin is also currently involved in research on the mental health of the Filipino community, an interest they developed reflecting on their own life experience and observing the the lack of discussion of this topic they community organized both on and off the UCLA campus. Kevin wants to pursue a career in serving the mental health needs of Asian American youth.
Click here to download the UCLA IRLE policy brief titled, “The Spatial Politics of Street Vending in Los Angeles.”
More Student to Student Support
Justice for Janitors: Narrating and Exhibiting the Struggle
Students utilized the Justice for Janitors History Project web page to narrate diverse aspects of the Justice for Janitors campaign. In addition to contributing to the historical archives for the Justice for Janitors campaign, the students also documented their archival analysis and demonstrated their own research process.
Justice for Janitors: Out of Darkness into Light
Prominent Tactics Used in the 2005 Aerospace Janitor Strike
USC Tough Journey to Unionism
Mobilizing for Social Justice and Resistance: The Justice for Janitors Campaign
Justice for Janitors: Partner Coalitions