UCI Immersive Field Study Students

Samantha Willis



Samantha Willis is an intern at the University of Mississippi’s William Winters Institute on Racial Reconciliation. She is a 4th year graduating Criminology, Law and Society major in the School of Social Ecology. Samantha’s interest in criminology was handed down to her from her father an Air Force Veteran, who instilled in her a sense of civic responsibility. Her focus in Criminology grew from an interest in U.S inequality in the areas of Race, Gender, and Nationality. Samantha plans to attend Grad School and eventually work combating hate crimes in America.


Courtney King



Courtney King is a senior majoring in Criminology, Law, & Society, Psychology & Social Behavior, and Social Ecology. While in Mississippi, Courtney is interning at the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and she will also be looking at racial violence in Louisiana that needs to be remedied. Specifically, she will be focusing on the larger context of racial violence surrounding the Angola region and how we might think about it in terms of transitional justice.


Negar Fatahi

Negar Fatahi


Negar Fatahi is a third year Psychology and Social Behavior major as well as the student representative for the school of Social Ecology. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Developmental Psychology in order to work on implementing mental health services for low wealth mothers and communities of color in primary care settings. Negar will be traveling to St. Louise, Missouri to work with M-SLICE, Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion and Equity. She will work with the coalition to address and overcome institutional and systemic barriers that affect the community, specifically working on community organizing to increase resiliency toward environmental justice issues.


Crystal Torres


Crystal did not have to go far from UCI to have a transformative Field Study experience at the Orange County Family Justice Center. The Center provides direct services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual assault, many of whom are immigrants. Crystal had the opportunity to work directly with their clients to break the cycle of violence. Her site supervisor said that the Center received very positive feedback from clients and that Crystal “…didn’t miss a beat and provided the world class customer service expected at OCFJC.” Through her work, Crystal experienced first-hand the psychological distress of victims and helped to facilitate their access to community resources in the justice system, social services, mental health, and housing.