Cynthia Carvajal is currently a Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Arizona. she was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and immigrated to East Los Angeles, CA when she was 5 years old. For the next 14 years of her life she remained in the U.S as an undocumented immigrant with her father and older sister. Upon receiving permanent residency she was able to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She continued her education by obtaining a Masters in Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. During her time in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. she worked with teachers and counselors to develop and further advocate for undocumented and DACAmented students.