Who We Are

The InSight Magazine team is composed of dedicated students guided by a board of advisors and other field experts.

Leadership

Aditi Mayer

Founder

Aditi Mayer is the founder and of InSight Magazine. As a Literary Journalism and International Studies double major with a minor in Digital Filmmaking, she is passionate about the intersections of media and social action. Through her work reporting issues in the local context, from human trafficking, labor exploitation, to homelessness, she felt as though face-to-face confrontations with poverty led to negotiations of identity, privilege, personal responsibility, and political allegiance. Beyond working on InSight Magazine, she can be found on her sustainable fashion blog or serving as a board member of the Asian American Journalist Association.

She is also a Student Ambassador for the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation. 

Helena Carlson

Editor-in-Chief

Helena Carlson is the editor-in-chief of InSight Magazine and a UC Irvine student studying literary journalism and software engineering. She hopes that in the years to come, InSight will continue to grow and engage its readers so that the issue of local poverty will have its place among Californian concerns.

Shantrell Lumpkin

Managing Editor

Shantrell Lumpkin is the managing editor of InSight Magazine and an English major with an emphasis in creative writing. Shantrell has been with InSight since its inception, adding to the team with her skills in creative writing and determination in bringing awareness and a change  to poverty.

Editorial

Patricia Estrada

Editorial & Events

Patricia Estrada is one of the two event leads and an editor of InSight Magazine who has also been with the team since the beginning. As an English major, Patricia has proved a successful creative writer by being published multiple times. By being a strong advocate for not only social justice but social action, she knows that InSight Magazine will provide a reason for individuals to reach out and help those in need.

Summer Sharma

Editorial

Summer Sharma is a member of the editorial team at InSight. She studies literary journalism and criminology at UC Irvine with a minor in Psychology and Social Behavior. Apart from her studies, she works at the UCI Police Department.

Mariel Baconawa

Editorial

Mariel Baconawa is one of the editors for InSight Magazine and a Public Health Science major at UCI. She values service to others and hopes that InSight gives a voice to the marginalized and highlight possible solutions while engaging with the readers. By telling the stories of people’s lives Mariel also values the service that InSight does to the readers who will know how to better contribute to society.

Digital Media

Norbert Tsi

Digital Media

Norbert Tsi is one of the photographers and digital media contributors for InSight Magazine. As a photographer, he values the opportunity to document history both on the UCI campus and social activity throughout Southern California. Norbert’s passion is to capture the everyday power in everyday people by their words and actions through InSight’s stories.

Monica Vargas

Digital Media

As an Art major at UCI, Monica Vargas gives a different perspective to the digital media team as a Psychology and Social Behavior minor. The mission of Insight Magazine aligns with her principles as an artist; to shed light to the invisible and the dark. Having the opportunity to create visibility of social injustices through InSight Magazine as an artist and student of social behavior.

Jocelyn Contreras

Digital Media

Jocelyn Contreras has a literary journalism major and is currently a digital media team intern. She is proud to have gotten an article published in the Voice of OC and worked in a start-up company known as YOUNGRY as Editor’s Assistant for 9 months. She shares the goal of InSight magazine of making knowledge actionable, and she aims to achieve her aspiration through writing impactful contents as well as producing films and images outlining the issue of poverty.

Marketing

Lily Lucas

Marketing

Lily Lucas, a double major in Business Economics and Literary Journalism, is a marketing team member as well as a content writer in InSight. Her sophisticated outlook and fluency in 3 languages come from having studied abroad in Paris and London. Having witnessed firsthand the gentrification of Los Angeles and the increasing rate of homelessness in a place near and dear to her, she is motivated to uncover and confront these issues head-on.

Dylan Wright

Marketing

Dylan Wright is a Sociology major with an emphasis in Business, Economy and Organizations. As a marketing coordinator of the team with a two years service and religious mission in Texas, he is greatly passionate about poverty alleviation and promoting awareness in the realm. Aside from that, his accomplishments include being an Eagle Scout and apart of the Dean’s Honor list.

Chelsea Vue

Marketing

Chelsea Vue, a member of the marketing team with a business economics major, is proud to have acquired her position in InSight as her career focus is in the marketing analysis realm. Having come from a low middle class family background, she wishes to help others who in similar conditions, and reach out to the impoverished community.

Ariel Hong Chan

Marketing

Ariel Chan is a marketing coordinator of the InSight team. She deems awareness to have the utmost power in alleviating poverty, which cascades from a global scale to any individual near us. With a fluency in four different languages and a fascination by the increasingly globalized world, she hopes to connect with diverse cultures and engage interesting dialogues on poverty across the globe.    

Amber Leikam

Marketing

Amber Leikam is a first generation Literary Journalism student. However, she ventures beyond her major emphasis on the InSight team and dips her feet into the social media realm. Having seen the effects poverty has had in her life and the communities around her, she has come to view that the greatest power in that fight is knowledge- and InSight provides the empowerment which she seeks.

Events

Patricia Estrada

Editorial & Events

Patricia Estrada is one of the two event leads and an editor of InSight Magazine who has also been with the team since the beginning. As an English major, Patricia has proved a successful creative writer by being published multiple times. By being a strong advocate for not only social justice but social action, she knows that InSight Magazine will provide a reason for individuals to reach out and help those in need.

Sarah Lee

Events
Logistics

Michelle Wan

Logistics

Michelle Wan plays an integral role in both the Logistics and the Events team. Aside from double majoring in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society, she was also the 2017 winner of Humanities Core UROP research paper. Her passion about giving the homeless community a platform has motivated her to use InSight as a medium to shift society’s perspective on poverty and humanize the poor.

Orbelin Blancas

Logistics

A former student representative on the Garden Grove Board of Education, Orbelin Portillo Blancas brought his expertise along to the Logistics team. Behind his motive of joining our magazine was a first-hand experience with poverty. His effort on the team is focused on creating a platform that can call actions against poverty.

Content Writing

Mi Tran

Content Writing & Copy Editing

Alexander Cardona

Content Writing

Alexander Cardona is an English Major pursuing an emphasis in creative writing, and his role in InSight as a content writer brings originality to our magazine. With his aptitude with words, he is driven to make a difference in our community and change others’ perception of the issue of poverty.