Alumni Spotlights feature outstanding UC Santa Barbara alumni succeeding in their careers, proud of their Gaucho heritage.

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Alfredo Del Cid ‘11 promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion for organizations across the country. As the Head of Learning and Development for Collective, they help make the workplace a better place for all.
American geographer and oceanographer Dr. Dawn Wright Ph.D. '94 (Physical Geography and Marine Geology) has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the US National Academy of Sciences.
Dance has always been the way Jessica Chen understood her place in society. Through her work as a dancer and choreographer, Jessica Chen ‘06 shifts painful reality into greater social awareness through the art of dance.
Lorena Garcia Ph.D. '06 is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of "Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Latina Girls and Sexual Identity."
Julie Fleshman ‘97 has dedicated her life to global pancreatic cancer research. Cancer directly impacted Fleshman’s life but she uses her experience to give hope to hundreds of thousands of people struggling with the same.
DJ Darla Bea ‘03 knows how to get a party started. Dubbed the Best DJ in Santa Barbara numerous times, she doesn’t abide by the rules but instead uses her creativity and nostalgic touch to make magic happen.