Denea Joseph was a student of African-American Studies and Public Affairs Minor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Denea was born in Belize, Central America and immigrated to the United States at the age of seven years old. Denea aspires to be an attorney, seeking to advocate on behalf of the rights of those who have been largely marginalized and oppressed. At UCLA, Denea has been active in the Undergraduate Student Association (USAC) where she’s been a Presidential Intern and a staff member in the External Vice President’s office. Denea is a large proponent of educational equity and believes that education has the ability to bridge the disparities that continue to persist in the world. As a result, Denea has worked on campaigns such as Fund the UC, IGNITE (Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education), and Prop 13 reform to address issues of affordability and accessibility in higher education. Denea has taken her activism outside the UCLA campus by attending conferences such as the Student of Color Conference (SOCC), Student Lobby Conference (SLC), National Grassroots Legislative Conference (LegCon), and the “May Lobby” conference where she’s lobbied elected officials and met with UC Regents to voice the needs of students.”