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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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Fonzy Toro

Alfonso "Fonzy" Toro Jr is a senior at Yale University currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. He was born and raised in the city of Bell Gardens, CA (southeast of Los Angeles) to immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico. At Yale, he has been very involved with the Latino Cultural Center through various student organizations like the Peer Liaison Program- an organization that pairs him up with around 25 incoming Latino freshman in order to mentor and help them with the transition from high school to college. This year he became an Hermano (Brother) of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated in hopes of getting more involved with community service in New Haven. He also works as a Recruitment Coordinator at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a Trumbull College Master’s Aide and has served on the executive board of De Colores, an LGBTQ organization that focuses on LGBTQ Latin@ issues. 

He is interested in researching the divisions between West Hollywood and East Los Angeles and exploring the resources that LGBTQ people have in the predominantly Latin@ neighborhoods of East Los Angeles. After graduation, he hopes to work in California before continuing his higher education. He would like to one day work in public policy. His hobbies include running with his iPod, exploring new restaurants, listening to people’s life stories and photography. He may be reached through his Linkedin Profile. 

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