Johana is serving as our President for the 2020-21 school year. She is a 4th-year Criminology, Law, and Society Major at UCI. To her, PEP is a chance for real change and provides opportunities to give people in prison the treatment they deserve. Due to her experience, Johana is now pursuing a career as a lawyer to fight for the innocent. (Pronouns: she/hers)
Natalie is our Vice President for the 2021-2022 Academic year. She is a fourth-year studying Evolutionary Biology with the hope of becoming a forensic pathologist. To her, the best part of PEP is getting to encourage students while witnessing their confidence and self-assurance grow. Natalie joined PEP because it encapsulates her interests in promoting education and social justice, specifically getting the opportunity to play a role in students realizing their educational goals! (Pronouns: she/hers)
Kevin is serving as our Communications Liasion for the 2021-2022 academic year. He is a fourth-year studying Criminology, Law and Society and Psychological Sciences with the career goal of becoming a field agent. The best part of PEP for Kevin is meeting the students and helping them in their future endeavors. He chose to be a part of PEP because of the work he gets to do and because of the importance of PEP's mission of helping students re-integrate into society. (Pronouns: he/him)
DR. DAVIN L. PHOENIX
Professor Phoenix specializes and teaches courses in African American politics, political participation, public opinion, and local politics. Davin earned his Ph.D. in political science and public policy from the University of Michigan in 2015. His research broadly focuses on how race interacts with various spheres of U.S. politics to shape the attitudes, emotions and behavior of both everyday people and elites. He has authored and co-authored papers and manuscripts examining issues such as: how race influences individuals’ emotional responses to cues of policy threat and opportunity; how minority mayors build coalition strategies, and their impact on minority participation; and the intersection of race and religious views on individuals’ social welfare policy preferences.