Celia Sanchez Zelaya

MIT Department: Urban Studies
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego
Faculty Mentor: Miho Mazereeuw
Research Supervisor: Dr. Larisa Ovalles
Website: LinkedIn


I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador but raised in El Monte, California. Currently, I’m a rising senior at the University of California, San Diego where I double major in Urban Studies and Planning – Design/Built Environment and Political Science – American Politics. The research that I associate with is in the interdisciplinary field of urban planning and policy. My goal is to bring comprehensive and sustainable solutions to public transportation, housing, and infrastructure. Through obtaining a Ph.D., I want to diversify the field of city planning by communicating and elevating the voices of the most marginalized. My hobbies include exploring new music, reading, and drinking coffee.