Jasmine Perales, she/her, Claremont McKenna College, Aliso Viejo, California

Tell us about your experience in the CLS department. Why Chicanx Latinx Studies?

The CLS department has been very welcoming and felt like a family from the beginning. Each professor has been supportive and each class challenging but intriguing. I chose CLS because it allowed me to learn about parts of my culture and continue to expand this knowledge.

What has been your favorite class in the CLS department?

Chican@ Gender and Pop Culture

Tell us about your thesis research, or any research interests you have had within the major.

My thesis is focused on the multidirectional relationship between US immigration policies and the experiences of Mexican migrant women crossing the southern border. It sets a foundation for how perceptions of race, ethnicity, gender, and legality impact immigration policy. It also gives a brief history of immigration policies. It integrates testimonies of Mexican migrant women to centers their voices.

What are your post-grad plans?

I'm going to be attending Stanford Law!

What is some advice you can offer to future CLS majors or students thinking of pursuing CLS?

Take advantage of as many courses as possible and get to know the professors!