Beto is Mexican-Californian: born in Mexico, yet raised in California. He is currently an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he's majoring in Sociology and minoring in Gender & Women's Studies. As an activist-scholar and an aspiring phD student, he seeks to ground his original academic work on his experiences and on-going engagement with social justice activism particularly pertaining to migrant rights and educational justice for undocumented students. He has advocated for undocumented students on the Berkeley campus through student groups, such as Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education, as well as through close collaborations with staff and faculty. He is currently developing his undergraduate research work which looks at how undocumented youth navigate intimate relationships of love, kinship, and companionship.