Stephanie Gonzalez Alonso
Stephanie Gonzalez is an Undocumented and Queer scholar from San Francisco, California. Originally from Puebla, Mexico before she migrated to the United States with her family at five years old. As a child, she witnessed the effects that colonialism had caused in Mexico: poverty, violence, and displacement. Raised by a single mother, Stephanie learned to be hard-working, creative, resilient, and determined to tear down all obstacles.
Stephanie was five years old when she first set foot in Queens, New York, which is where she realized that immigration is a global issue. She will always be grateful for the cultural diversity that she was able to experience there. Stephanie moved to San Francisco when she was fourteen years old. In San Francisco, her experiences shaped her to be a strong independent woman and to value her community. She quickly became a support system for her mixed-status family, which is where she gained her passion of supporting the greater Undocumented community.
As a senior at San Francisco State University, Stephanie is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Race and Resistance Studies, with a minor in Mathematics. She has learned about critical race theory, queer/gender theory, the truth about colonialism, intersectionality, and gained a global perspective on racist systems of oppression. During her time at SFSU, Stephanie interned at the Dream Resource Center, where she was able to advocate for the needs of undocumented students on campus, lead events/workshops, and collaborate with other undocu-students. She has been a part of SEO Scholars since 2012, a program that offers 720 extra academic hours outside of school and counseling through college. As a result of her efforts, Stephanie became a Maisin and Dream.US national scholar.
For her DreamSF fellowship, Stephanie has been placed at Community United Against Violence (CUAV), where she is working to transform violence and oppression for the LGBTQ+ community through healing and creation of safe spaces. As an immigrant, Stephanie acknowledges that it is important to learn counter-narrative histories in order to gain collective liberation of all people.
In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry, dancing, exercising, and drawing. Art is a form of self-expression for her, she will always value art because it is the one thing that capitalism will never take away from her. She is passionate about helping her community and is trying to discover where she best fits as her graduation approaches.