Montse Reyes from Merced, California is a 22-year-old sociology student at UC Santa Cruz, where she serves as co-editor in chief of the student-run newspaper City on a Hill Press. The child of Mexican immigrants, Montse has been writing for publications based in the Central Valley since the age of 16. Her passion for journalism stems from her desire to work toward social change and make responsible, conscientious media. She hopes her journalism will serve as a platform to amplify the voices of traditionally marginalized communities. As a fellow, Montse plans to explore issues of food insecurity, housing insecurity, and immigration in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.