Omar González is a rising Junior majoring in History and Critical Race &Ethnic Studies from Santa Ana. Omar aims to graduate with the highest honors in Spring 2020. Omar began his first research project in January of 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Mario Sifuentez. The project details the effectiveness of labor organizations in preventing irrigation water from illegally benefiting excess landholders in the West Fresno area. In connection with this project, Omar will participate in UROC-H and the History Honors Program, allowing him to continue his research up until the Spring of 2019. He plans to present his work at the 2019 meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Philadelphia and write a 50-100 page thesis.
Omar has not kept the secrets of success to himself; he shares his expertise and experiences with others. He is the incoming chief editor for the Undergraduate Historical Journal, and peer instructor for USTU 10. USTU 10 is a course focused on assisting first year students make the transition from high school to college. As a peer instructor Omar has successfully inspired many students to aspire for greatness and passed down effective strategies for excelling in college. Omar joined the Undergraduate Historical Journal as an editor in the spring semester of 2018 and has been named as the next chief editor for the journal, a position he intends to hold for two years as he continues the Journal’s successful run.