Bridge Mentors


    Nyereath Nhial

  • Nyereath Nhial

    Neuroscience & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    As a former bridgee I've witnessed first hand the amazing support system and solid foundation that the EOP community has provided me with and I truly don't think I would be as successful as I am at this university had it not been for EOP. I enjoy working at EOP because I can encourage, challenge, and believe in students the same way that my mentor and academic counselor did. This program is crucial to the success and retention of underserved students so being a part of this community gives me a sense of added purpose and allows me to do what I love.

  • Emily Maciel

  • Emily Maciel

    Sociology and LALS / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    To give an advantage to the disadvantage. As minorities in an educational institution such as UCSC we are constantly targeted and looked down upon. Being that support system through EOP will help motivate students to break those stereotypes set upon disadvantaged students and give them the resources to succeed in a college environment therefore furthering their career.

  • Eduardo Rodriguez

  • Eduardo Rodriguez

    Human Biology / Junior / He, Him, His

    I enjoy working with EOP because I have the chance to make a positive impact in the community around me. It helps create a healthy support system not only for all students but for faculty alike. I look forward to experiencing personal growth while working with my peers.

  • Yatziri Arias Torres

  • Yatziri Arias Torres

    Politics and Latin America and Latino Studies / Sophomore / She, Her, Hers

    EOP Bridge helped validate my experience as a first year at UCSC and provided me with a community that is crucial to students' sense of belonging at a university. I knew I wanted to come back and be part of a program that continually supports underrepresented students navigate the hidden curriculum of this university. I look forward to working with the Bridgees and witnessing their growth throughout the year.

  • Victoria Camacho

  • Victoria Camacho

    Psychology and CRES / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    EOP has helped me so much throughout my college career, especially the Bridge program. I hope to give to the students what my mentors gave to me. It helped me build a foundation that allowed me to succeed and thrive in a completely new environment.

  • Jennifer Huerta Morelos

  • Jennifer Huerta Morelos

    Psychology / Sophomore / She, Her, Hers

    I want to reassure underrepresented students that just because they don’t look the same as others doesn’t mean that they don’t belong in this predominately white institution. Through EOP Bridge I learned how to validate my own experiences and I want to help others learn how to validate theirs. EOP has motivated, encouraged and guided me through the toughest times and I’m glad to be part of this team that helps students holistically, not just academically.

  • Verenise Martinez

  • Verenise Martinez

    Astrophysics / Sophomore / She, Her, Hers

    Coming in a bridgee myself, I know how important a program like this is for students of color and first generation students. I want to be able help students navigate through college smoothly while allowing them to find their own path and celebrating their successes. EOP has given me a strong and empowering community that I hope to be able to give to many incoming students.

  • Carlos Martinez

  • Carlos Martinez

    Cognitive Science/ Sophomore/ He, Him, His

    I enjoy working with EOP because of the faith, hope, and nurture we give all students to succeed. EOP creates a positive and successful image of students and faculty of color that redefines many narratives. I’m proud to be a part of EOP here UC Santa Cruz to continue the great work that’s already been done.

  • Brenda Perez Macedo

  • Brenda Perez Macedo

    Psychology and Sociology / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    As a former Bridgee I experienced first hand the importance of having a support system. Im extremely exited to be working with EOP Bridge because it will allow me to give other students the support that this program gave me and I’m exited to see them grow and succeed in their college career.

  • Paola Leon

  • Paola Leon

    Major(s): Legal Studies, Environmental Studies / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    As a first generation college student, coming from a supportive family and being a hispanic woman on a predominantly white institution are key factors of who I identify with and why I have chosen to become an EOP Bridge Mentor. As a former Bridgee, i’ve experienced the various skills, support and building that sense of community amongst staff and students with similar goals and identities. The EOP Bridge program continues to prevail the success of first generation/low income students entering college through academic and personal guidance and support. I believe my role as a mentor is my way of giving back to the community that’s given me the tools and sense of belonging to succeed at this university.