Christian Aleman joined the Bazelon Center in 2022 as a Strategic Communications Intern through the UC Washington Program Presidential Public Service Fellowship. He is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Psychology.
Using his background rooted in lived experience, he advocates for former foster youth and young adults experiencing homelessness as well as the intersectionalities that are intertwined with mental health and education systems across the United States.
Before joining the Bazelon Center, Christian was a member of the flagship cohort for Alameda County Behavioral Care Service’s Peer Mental Health Navigator Program. He was also a researcher at the UC Berkeley Latinx Research Center where he worked on researching what political formation and activism looks like for families who don’t have the right to vote in school board elections during a time when the schools that serve them are being closed or consolidated. His experience as a mental health navigator helped him understand the importance of peer-led respite for those experiencing crisis.
Using culturally sensitive academic and lived-experience frameworks, Christian is poised to uplift and inform the social changes needed in decision-making spaces tackling the complex and intercultural response.