Textbook Lending Library Staff


    Ilda Lara Aguilar

  • Ilda Lara Aguilar

    EOP TLL Student Apprentice / AGPM and Film & Digital Media / Senior / She, Her, Hers

    I like to think animated tv shows made me who I am. When I was young I struggled to communicate with my mother and watching shows like Scooby-Doo or the Pink Panther were like a universal cartoon language that we both were able to understand. I never realized how big of an impact these types of tv shows made on my life until I realized why my mother and I enjoyed watching them. The reason was that we didn't have to struggle with any language, age, socio-economical, or accessibility barriers which meant we were able to focus on the one thing that mattered most, time with one another. 
    This passion for equality is what motivates me at my job here at the Textbook Lending Library. I've worked for this program for more than 3 years and have learned firsthand how universities disproportionately set students up for failure by profiting from student exploitation. For this reason, I seek every opportunity to remove the barriers that prevent first-generation students like myself encounter when they experience financial issues that directly impact their ability to purchase essential class materials needed to succeed.

  • Chyna Ellis

  • Chyna Ellis

    Co-Lead Senior Intern / Music / Sophomore / She, Her, Hers

    My name is Chyna Ellis and I’m a rising junior majoring in Music with a minor in Electronic Music. As a child, I’ve always enjoyed expressing my creativity through the arts specifically drumming and eventually producing music of my own. When I arrived at UC Santa Cruz, my intial major was Technology and Information Management (something that I had no interest in and stressed me out to the max).

    One day, I finally made the choice to follow my passion and switched my major to Music, something I was actually invested in learning. Working for EOP has allowed me to connect with students and urge them to take the leap to follow their passion and let them know it is possible. As a low- income, first-gen student, working for EOP has also granted me the chance to give back to the community that has helped me excel in more ways than one here at UCSC.

  • Thaddaeus Mammo

  • Thaddaeus Mammo

    3rd Year / Agroecology / Transition Mentor / (He/Him)

    Greetings folks, I'm at your service for your needs as a student. I am a first generation student who understands the tricky and sometimes uncomfortable transiton into college but that's why I'm here to support students in making sure they feel comfortable and productive.

  • Seeyade Gizachew

  • Seeyade Gizachew

    4th Year / Community Studies & Psychology / Textbook Lending Library Assistant / Transition Mentor / (She/her)

    Hello! My name is Seeyade and I was born and raised in the Bay Area by my wonder family. Within my past 3 years attending UCSC, I have had several leadership roles within SHOP, AARCC, and EOP. Mentoring and supporting my peers is something I love to do! Please feel free to reach out and connect. sgizache@ucsc.edu :)