Textbook Lending Library Staff


    Ami Gonzalez

  • Ami Gonzalez

    EOP Specialist / B.S. Environmental Studies / She, Her, Hers

    Growing up as half-Japanese and half-Mexican, I have the opportunity to live in Japan for six years, in Mexico for eight years, and in the United States (current). The transitions were challenging, but I had the honor to connect to my roots by living in three countries, learning the languages, and understanding the cultures. From Japanese being my primary language, I had to learn Spanish at the age of seven and learn English at the age of sixteen. Upon arriving in the United States at the age of sixteen, some people did not believe I will be graduating from high school because I was already behind in classes due to my language barriers. However, I was determined. I am now proud to say that I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies.

    As a first generation college graduate, I am passionate in supporting students succeed in their academic, personal, and professional journey. Please know that EOP is here to root for you and grow with you!

    Lastly, two fun fact about me, I love indoor plants and have 100+ plants in my house. I also love creating illustrations! You can check them out @artbyamig on IG.

    Feel free to reach out (agonza82@ucsc.edu) if you are interested in connecting or learning more! I am looking forward to connecting with you.

  • Ilda Lara Aguilar

  • Ilda Lara Aguilar

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

    I like to think Scooby Doo made me who I am. When I was young I struggled to communicate with my mother and Scooby Doo was like a universal language between my mothers tounge and my broken speech. It has since inspired me to pursue a degree within the creative industries as a double Major in Art Design for Games & Playable Media (AGPM) and Film & Digital Media (FDM) to be able to tell stories through cartoons.

    When I first arrived to UCSC, I immediately noticed the huge gap in material accessibility for first-gen low-income students. The literal concept of students being put at a disadvantage simply because they cannot afford to purchase the necessary class materials required to succeed didn't sit right with me. I excitedly joined TLL and have made it my mission since then to support students' academic endeavors and provide an equitable college experience to first-generation students like me.

  • 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

    Assisting Intern / Business Management Economics / Sophomore / He, Him, His

    I’m from Los Angeles and I never got to experience an organization like the EOP here at Santa Cruz. They have helped me so much with m adjustment process and made it smoother than I could have imagined.

    I believe every kid should be able to share my experience so I’m here at EOP to help outreach to those that need a little push to come and reap EOP’s benefits like I did. You must give before you can receive and I believe that’s what EOP’s all about.

  • Seeyade Gizachew

  • Seeyade Gizachew

    Assisting Intern / Community Studies and Psychology / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    My name is Seeyade and I am a third year Community Studies and Psychology double major affiliated with Stevenson College. Some campus organizations I am affiliated with are the AARCC and SHOP.

    I was born and raised in the Bay Area, specifically Richmond. Some of my hobbies include dancing and watching tv shows. I chose to work for EOP because it is a community committed to supporting students who look like me and go through the same experiences as me. EOP has contributed to my success as a student so I want to be a part of that community that gives back!

  • Stephanie Gonzalez

  • Stephanie Gonzalez

    Assisting Intern / MCD Biology and Psychology / Senior / He, Him, His

    My name is Stephanie Gonzalez and I'm a 4th year MCD Bio and Psychology double major. I wanted to work for EOP to become a resource for other students and give back to a program that has aided me tremendously throughout my time here at UCSC.

  • Roberto Camarena

  • Roberto Camarena

    Assisting Intern / Business Management Economics / Senior / He, Him, His

    My name is Roberto Camarena and I am a senior majoring in Business Management of Economics. I am from Oakland, CA, and some of my hobbies include playing soccer and videogames. Ever since I started school at UCSC in the Fall of 2017, I have utilized EOP's services to help me get through this college journey. I decided to join the Textbook Lending Library because it is one of the first EOP services that I used when I was a freshman, and I want to help other students be able to get their books/class materials.