Hillary Peregrina is a 2nd year graduate student from Los Angeles who is pursuing her M.A in Asian American Studies. Her research focuses on the potential of social systems and communities of care to provide social support, and promote mental health management among adolescent Pinays. She is actively involved in her community through her research on Asian American family support of Type 2 Diabetes, and as a PEP educator at Burton High School. She hopes to later pursue a Ph. D in Medical Sociology. When she is not reading or conducting research, she is an aspiring Powerlifter and Filipino teleserye aficionado.