Alejandra Tinoco Bonilla

2020 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Alejandra Tinoco Bonilla is an activist born and raised in San Jose, CA. She is currently a junior at Brandeis University and a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow, triple majoring in Anthropology, International Global Studies, and Latin American and Latino Studies, as well as minoring in Legal Studies. During her time at Brandeis, Alejandra has been active in clubs such as Brandeis Labor Coalition, The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII), and Brandeis Pro-Choice, and has held a job at the Campus Card Office. In her free time, she has volunteered with both the Waltham WATCH Housing Clinic and TRII. During the summer of 2018, Alejandra gained knowledge and awareness of the immigration movement through an internship at the TRII clinic, where she studied immigration law and assisted with asylum cases by conducting interviews with clients and researching country conditions. She also became involved in the Boston chapter of the grassroots organization Movimiento Cosecha that fights for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for all immigrants. During winter break 2019, Alejandra, along with two comrades from Brandeis and Movimiento Cosecha, led a fundraiser to support caravaners arriving at the US/Mexico border. Most recently, Alejandra studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, during the fall of 2019. There she witnessed the social uprising of the pueblo against the oppressive neo-liberal state. These experiences, along with her identity as a Chicana, low-income, first-generation college student, inform what she aspires to do in the future: advocate for marginalized folks in and out of her community and engage in harm reduction and rapid response work to assist those in urgent situations. Alejandra aspires to attend law school and receive a JD and MPP dual degree to fight alongside her community for social justice. In the spring of 2020, she will be studying abroad in Merida, Mexico, where she hopes to learn more about her roots and Mexican politics. Through her Segal summer internship, she hopes to focus on issues related to housing, immigration, gentrification, or the minimum wage.