Meet Your PALs


    Sophie Kennedy

  • Sophie Kennedy

    Psychology and Sociology / Senior / She, Her, Hers

    I’m Sophie and I’m a fourth year double-major in Psychology and Sociology. I’m from LA, and during my free time I love to cook, paint, and read!

    I was inspired to finish my last year at UCSC by working for EOP, because EOP played such a central role in helping me discover and fulfill my interests when I first came to the university. I hope to use this position to help others explore and develop their own passions and interests—no matter what they may be, and I hope to use what I learned along the way to make this experience all the easier, all the more productive, and all the more rewarding for everyone else!


  • Lorena Hernandez-Rivera

  • Lorena Hernandez-Rivera

    Latin American and Latinx Studies Combined Sociology / Junior / She, Hers, Ella

    I am a third year first-generation Latin American and Latino Studies/ Combined Sociology major and I am passionate about facilitating support for first generation students and working with programs that provide assistance to this student demographic. My hometown is Seaside, CA and I love to paint, draw, and do creative projects. I am drawn to EOP's mission to vitalize UCSC’s first generation student demographic, as well as making a positive contribution towards strengthening the retention of UCSC’s first generation, underrepresented students at this campus.

  • Thais Morales

  • Thais Morales

    Politics and Sociology Major; Latin American and Latino Studies Minor / Sophomore / She, Her, Hers

    My name is Thais Morales and I am a second-year double-majoring in Politics and Sociology with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. My hometown is East Los Angeles, a historically marginalized community, and it is the first place I started to take part in non-profit organizations. Since then, uplifting communities has been a moral value of mine and is one of the main reasons why I decided to join the EOP student staff team. As an EOP student myself, I wanted to give back by helping out other underrepresented students strive for success throughout their college careers.

  • Yesenia Vega

  • Yesenia Vega

    Psychology and Sociology, Latin American and Latinx Studies / Senior / She, They

    My name is Yesenia Vega and I am a fourth year majoring in Psychology and Sociology/Latin American and Latinx Studies. I identify as a queer Latinx woman and I am from Sacramento, CA. I began working at EOP my third year and I am continuing because I am passionate about helping underrepresented students navigate institutional barriers. From the start of my undergraduate career, the community at EOP has guided and supported me. I was provided with resources to help thrive academically during my first year as an EOP Bridge participant. Since my participation in Bridge, I knew I wanted to work in an environment where I could help students like myself who are first-generation, low-income, and from communities of color. I decided to work for EOP to help create an inclusive space in which students feel welcome, seen, and validated.