Diana was born and raised in the heart of East Los Angeles, California. Both of her parents and brother migrated from Mexico City in the early-1980s in search for better economic opportunities. As a first-generation US born, Diana realized the privileges and opportunities that came with her citizenship status. Unlike many of her family members, who were undocumented, she had access to resources that were not available to her family members. Aware of her privilege, she used these experiences as motivational factors to not only advance her education, but shaped her personal and career goals- to serve the needs of the Latino community in the United States by providing them with the tools and knowledge to excel in this country.
As a result, Diana has obtained a strong passion for working with marginalized and undocumented communities in the United States and abroad. One of her key interest lies in raising the concerns of underrepresented communities. In the past years, she has been actively involved in various community ventures, putting her efforts in serving the needs of Latino-immigrant communities in the US. She has worked and volunteered in various Non-Profit organizations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC. Diana has also performed academic research in Mexico and Cuba, where she has worked directly with community leaders, government officials, and NGOs, addressing topics of Educación Popular (Critical Pedagogy), Immigration Policy, International Law, Foreign Policy, US-Latin American Relations, and Grassroots/Community organizing in developing countries. Being involved in such capacity has allowed her to become more critically aware of the conditions and disparities within marginalized communities and understand the importance of providing access to these communities.
Diana is also a founder of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. where she has served as a leader in institutions of higher education by promoting the advancement of Latinas and serving as a role model for Latina/Minority women.
Despite facing the hardships of her family’s limitations, Diana became the first one in her family to graduate from college. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and her Master’s degree in Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies from the University at Albany where, grounding most of her academic work in US-Immigration Policy.