Mario Rivera received his bachelor’s degree in Health Education from San Francisco State University. He is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Social Welfare at UCLA. His background in Health Education sparked his interest in social work. Learning how social and economic issues affect people’s mental and physical wellbeing resonated with him. He has dedicated his career to assisting underrepresented groups in overcoming the social issues and barriers that affect their health with the intention to find solutions and improve their overall quality of life. He is excited to be a Tarjan Trainee as he is eager to learn and increase his awareness regarding developmental disabilities. He will practice his newfound knowledge and skills in his role as a medical social work intern at UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy.