José Yobani López, who serves under the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, was proudly born and raised in Downtown Los Angeles, California. His work as a Woodbridge Fellow, which focuses on academic programming for first-generation low-income (FGLI) students, stems from his ongoing engagement with this community of students. This engagement started with his own involvement in the First-Year Scholars at Yale program the summer of 2014 and continued with his participation as a counselor for the program in 2017 and his research into the social experiences of FGLI students as part of his Education Studies capstone. Reflected in his scholarship, mentorship, and now his work, he is passionate about issues centered around underrepresented students in education, and more specifically those considered disadvantaged by their race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and legal status. José graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry and culminated his participation in the Education Studies program in 2018.