Regemralph L. Corpuz graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a transfer student with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science (Race and Ethnic Politics Concentration) and Labor and Workplace Studies. During his undergraduate education, Regemralph had direct involvement in immigration organizing and policy advocacy. During community college, he established an undocumented youth organization at Pierce College known as We B.U.I.L.D. (Bringing Unity to Immigrants and Life to their Dreams). Currently, the organization continues to ensure the success of undocumented youth in higher education, and to advocate for policies that empower the immigrant community. He was also known for being part of the 2011 California Dream Act campaign, where he testified to the California Senate in behalf of AB130 and AB131 (2 bills that make up the California Dream Act), and ultimately had the opportunity to stand next to Governor Jerry Brown as he signed AB130 into law. At UCLA, he took an active role in the immigration reform push in 2013, working with his fellow peers to build a coalition of student, labor, and community organizations to ensure a humane and comprehensive legislation which effectively addresses the consequences of a “broken immigration system”. In his final year, Regemralph worked with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) to address issues around immigration, labor, and health.
Throughout that journey, Regemralph took a strong interest in working around issues where immigration, labor, and health all intersect and are impacted by policy. This ultimately led him to pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Health. Prior to entering his graduate program, he served as an intern in the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP), hosted by UCLA LOSH, to research the impact of domestic caregivers’ work on their health and overall wellbeing. His past experiences motivate him to pursue a career where he can apply a “health-in-all” policies approach to labor issues on both the local and global context.