Thank You

Thank You!

Friday April 4th, 2014, the College Republicans at UC Merced were able to bring Mayor Julian Castro and Ruben Navarrette to UC Merced. This is a shining example of the kind of opportunities available to UC Merced and what the future of politics should look like. Thank you for your support!



Meet The Speakers

Learn more about our honorable guests for Opportunity in Action 2014

Julian Castro

A 39-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. First elected on May 9, 2009, Mayor Castro was handily re-elected to a third term in 2013.

Ruben Navarrette

Ruben Navarrette is the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, and the 16th most popular columnist in America according to Media Matters.

Our Summit

The Opportunity in Action Inaugural Summit will feature San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the first Latino to ever deliver the keynote at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, and syndicated writer Ruben Navarrette, Jr.

Navarrette will interview Castro on trending topics and his personal life. Castro will get the chance to question Navarrette on his journalistic career and political views. Afterwards, the audience will have a chance to ask questions to Castro and Navarrette in a Q&A session.

About Opportunity in Action

What is Opportunity in Action?


Actions are ideas put into motion. Through Opportunity in Action, we strive to put great ideas into action by orchestrating passionate individuals into a community of action.


Achieving goals requires collaboration. With Opportunity in Action, we want to catalyze a process of collaboration by bringing people and groups together to take action and make change.


Technology empowers action and coordination. Therefore, Opportunity in Action hopes to promote technology as a tool of action, collaboration, and social mobility.

Meet The Organizers

Who are we? Meet the main organizers of Opportunity in Action

  • Martin Chavez

    External Vice President

    A small town kid with big dreams. #visionary

  • Maurice Lewis

    Creative Director

    Graphic Designer, Marketer and Starter at UC Merced

  • Michael Briggs

    Internal Vice President

    Student, Explorer, Organizer

  • Join Opportunity in Action


    In the coming weeks, we will have opportunities for energetic and creative individuals at UC Merced to help us with our Opportunity in Action Inaugural Summit. If you are interested in helping out, then feel free to use the contact form below.

Get in Touch

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Feel free to contact us.

If you are interested in contacting the Opportunity in Action team, then please fill out contact form or call the number below. We look forward to receiving any of your questions or comments.

5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
(209) 410-9691

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