In 1989, I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) low-income immigrant student from El Salvador at Belmont High School in downtown Los Angeles.  I was invited to attend a program (for a few Saturdays), sponsored by the Riordan Foundation at the UCLA school of business. It was the first time I ever walked into a college campus. Geographically, UCLA is only a few miles from the inner-city in Los Angeles, but culturally it is worlds apart. I took away two things from that program.  One, a t-shirt with a license plate in the back saying "1MBA2B" - none of my friends could figure out what it meant. Two, a conviction that I would go back to UCLA, one day, as a student. I received my JD from UCLA in 1997.     Thank you so much to the Riordan Programs, and everyone associated with the program, for planting the invaluable seed way back in 1989, that allowed me to view college as a potential destination, and  ultimately a reality – not just as a dream. In 1989, I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) low-income immigrant student from El Salvador at Belmont High School in downtown Los Angeles.  I was invited to attend a program (for a few Saturdays), sponsored by the Riordan Foundation at the UCLA school of business. It was the first time I ever walked into a college campus. Geographically, UCLA is only a few miles from the inner-city in Los Angeles, but culturally it is worlds apart. I took away two things from that program.  One, a t-shirt with a license plate in the back saying "1MBA2B" - none of my friends could figure out what it meant. Two, a conviction that I would go back to UCLA, one day, as a student. I received my JD from UCLA in 1997.     Thank you so much to the Riordan Programs, and everyone associated with the program, for planting the invaluable seed way back in 1989, that allowed me to view college as a potential destination, and  ultimately a reality – not just as a dream.

Cesar Alvarado

CURRENT TITLE
Partner

CURRENT EMPLOYER
Archer Norris

UNDERGRADUATE UNIVERSITY
University of California Berkeley

GRADUATE UNIVERSITY
UCLA School of Law, J.D

riordan program
Scholar 1989