STEM Counselors

    Jessica Macias

  • Jessica Macias

    EOP STEM Counselor / (She/Her/Hers)

    B.A., Chemistry, UC Santa Cruz

    EOP STEM Transfer Program

    I am a UCSC Alum with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. I decided to take on the position as an EOP STEM Counselor because as a Latina, first-generation, foster youth, EOP Bridgee and UCSC Alumni, I feel that I am an excellent proponent of sharing resources that are available on campus and provide enough guidance to help students in STEM achieve their educational and career goals. And if there is something I am unaware of, I actively work with the students to find out more information. I do my best to implement a growth mindset environment, instill self-efficacy, and provide a sense of belonging with all the students that I meet. Fun facts about me are that I bike to work every day, except on rainy days, and I occasionally go on 40-mile bike rides and slowly working my way up to 75-miles. My absolute favorite holiday is Halloween, and I’m a huge Disney fan. My hobbies include watching horror movies, dancing, cooking, traveling, watching baseball & football games, and spending time with my cat named Tiger.

    (831) 459-1003

    J.Baskin School of Engineering RM 145

    Liaison: Crown College & Merrill College

  • Leydi Cortes

  • Leydi Cortes

    EOP STEM Counselor / (She/Her/Hers)

    My name is Leydi Cortes, and I am one of the EOP STEM Counselors. As an undergraduate, I attended Santa Barbara City College and transferred to UC Santa Barbara, where I graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics. I am currently finishing my M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

    My experiences navigating higher education as a first-generation, low-income, DACA-mented college student fuels my motivation to serve, empower, and advocate for students.

    As a counselor, I aim to establish a relationship based on trust and respect with all my students. I strive to create an environment where students feel comfortable and safe to share about themselves and their experiences. My goal is to create a partnership with my students to work together to ensure they feel supported, confident, and are connected to the appropriate resources as they navigate their personal and educational goals.

    I value having quiet time and implementing self-care through reading, walks, or putting together a puzzle. I also enjoy watching a good show and learning to cook new recipes.

    I am excited to connect with you!


    Baskin Engineering Building 1 room 143

    Liaison: Oakes & Rachel Carson

  • Anum Qadir

  • Anum Qadir

    EOP STEM Counselor / (She/Her/Hers)

    Hi! I'm Anum - serving as an EOP STEM Counselor at UC Santa Cruz. I was a first generation, transfer student at UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Sociology and Environmental Studies, having started my work in EOP as a peer coach back in the day

    Working with students based on intersectional identity development and my own curiosity & engagement in a field focused on student retention is what drives my work with fellow first-gen banana slugs. I believe in helping students build their agency throughout their journey at UC Santa Cruz. Outside of work, I love hiking, community engagement, and art! Independent films, bookstores, and a solid coffee shop are some of my favorite things.

    By continuing to center our undergraduates' lived experience(s) and educational equity, my role as an EOP STEM Counselor is always growing.


    Baskin Engineering Building 1 room 141

    Liaison: Stevenson & Cowell