Posted inRepresentation

Alfred Fraijo Jr., East LA native and lawyer, launches BIPOC-led firm, The Somos Group

In March, Fraijo Jr. launched his own firm, The Somos Group, an entirely BIPOC-led multidisciplinary group committed to broadening “equity goals and advancing the value and expertise of people and communities that have been historically underserved and undervalued.” Fraijo Jr. exudes confidence and control, with healthy dashes of humility and curiosity as he sits and readies himself for questioning. There is a stark difference between the accomplished man today and the 18-year-old senior whose high grades and acceptance to an Ivy League were featured in a 1995 LA Times article.

Posted inHealth

ARIANNA CHAVEZ, on Basta Disparidad in San Diego and helping underserved Latinos

For a year, Chavez solely ran her San Diego Free Resources Instagram account named Basta Disparidad. She would identify and research a public health problem and promote it on the page. Free STI testing, food distributions, free flu shots, and counseling services for families in need have been resources Chavez has posted on Basta Disparidad. In the midst of 2020, Chavez decided to launch a volunteer based internship program in order to help students whose internships had been ruined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.