Andrés Arias is a first-generation college student, born in Michoacán, Mexico, and raised in San Jose, Calif. He completed his B.A. in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to attending UC Merced, he worked in broad-based organizing on issues related to immigration, housing and healthcare. As a Ph.D. student his research interests include immigration, race and ethnicity, and informal labor.