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REACH Postbaccalaureate Program Racial Equity to Advance a Community of Health

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Julio Sagastume

Julio, a native of Pasadena, California, spent his upbringing in the vibrant city. His parents hail from Guatemala, with his mother originating from Baja Verapaz and his father from Morales Izabal, near the Caribbean Coast. Julio’s research interests lie in the field of immunology. Recently, he received a diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disease that necessitates periodic surgical grafts. Through delving into autoimmune and alloimmune published research, Julio found empowerment in gaining a deeper understanding of his own condition. Coinciding with his diagnosis, Julio became aware of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and recognized that his community is particularly susceptible to chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases. Consequently, Julio’s ultimate life goal is to become an advocate for marginalized communities, especially those prone to developing chronic illnesses. In life, Julio finds joy in the little things. The simple act of waking up and witnessing the radiant beams of sunlight streaming through his window brings him immense happiness. When Julio finds himself alone, he takes solace in going on long jogs while immersing himself in his favorite music. Although his recent surgeries have temporarily hindered his ability to engage in physical workouts, his passion for reading has been reignited. Recently, he completed “Circe” by Madeline Miller. Exploring new cuisines and immersing himself in different cultures alongside friends and family are experiences that Julio truly cherishes.