Sharon Villigran

Graduate Student, Princeton University
Los Angeles, California

HIA Program:

United-states United States 2015


A rising senior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sharon Villagran is majoring in Sociology, with a double minor in Latin American Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies. Pursuing a career as a researcher of international migration, Sharon is currently working on her senior thesis for a Sociology Honors Seminar. As an open-ended ethnography, she is spending time on the two busiest Metro bus lines in Los Angeles, looking to better understand how public transportation serves as a vehicle for social mobility and socialization in the lives of immigrant workers. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Sharon has also volunteered extensively for organizations within her community, which together, share a commitment to diversity and community solidarity. Understanding that there are many barriers to higher education in her community, through her volunteer work, Sharon hopes to aid in dismantling these barriers for future generations.