USS Mentors


    Xinia-Marlene Salas Godoy

  • Xinia-Marlene Salas Godoy

    Legal Studies & Literature / Senior / She, Her, Hers

    Working with EOP means working side by side with marginalized members of the community in order to help them achieve success. As a fellow peer, student of color, women of color, and student leader I hope to bring diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and promote resilience and perseverance to all who have been silenced. May we all work to together to drive our communities forward in academia and beyond.

  • Bernarda Martinez Martinez

  • Bernarda Martinez Martinez

    Cognitive Science & Sociology / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    I wanted to work with EOP because I am passionate about helping students within my community. During my first year at UCSC, EOP provided me with resources and a community that made me feel more at home. I want to provide that same support for other students who might be struggling and now I have that opportunity.

  • Juan Cortes

  • Juan Cortes

    Graduate Student Mentor

    Juan Ruiz  transferred from De Anza College as a Karl S. Pister Scholar and double-majored in Philosophy and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies from UC Santa Cruz in Spring of 2017. He is an MIT PIKSI Boston Allain Locke Fellow that has maintained active engagement in the Philosophy Department and Undocumented Student Services at EOP, through the duration of his undergraduate education. Involvement in extracurricular activities at UCSC include serving as a High School Ethics Bowl Coach for schools in Watsonville, San Jose, and Santa Cruz, CA; and co-authoring the AB540 Emergency Fund for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. In the Spring of 2017, Ruiz was invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society and began serving as a Graduate Student Mentor for EOP the summer of the same year. Ruiz will begin his Masters in Philosophy at UCSC in the Fall of 2017. His work will focus on expanding the conversation dealing with issues of diversity and inclusiveness particularly with public philosophy. Juan Ruiz has ambitions of pursuing a doctoral program upon the completion of this master's.

  • Lleymi Jessica Martinez Arango

  • Lleymi Jessica Martinez Arango

    Neuroscience & Psychology / Sophomore / They, Them, Theirs

    EOP has been like a home to me since I arrived on campus. I have met great mentors and interns that have facilitated my transition to a UC, have made me feel welcomed, and have provided me skills to grow as a person. I now have a family and a larger community than before that I'd like to give back to. I am really excited to begin working at EOP this year and I can't wait to see our community thrive.

  • Paolo Louise Marasigan Rein

  • Paolo Louise Marasigan Rein

    Film & Digital Media / Business / Junior / He, Him, His

    I enjoy working at the Undocumented Student Services Office because it has allowed me to work with students whose shoes I was once in. Through EOP and USS I was able to not only connect with a community but also find a place that has allowed me to grow as an individual. For me personally, I hope that I can inspire and lay a foundation for change for my students and for future students to come. I hope to pay the kindness forward that EOP and USS have provided for me and provide a safe space for both students and interns. USS and EOP have provided me with the resources to succeed and I hope to empower those who come through the office seeking assistance.

  • Luis Cubas

  • Luis Cubas

    Latin American and Latinx Studies / Psychology / Senior / He, Him, His

    I love working at EOP because it has allowed me to work with other students and support them to achieve their academic and personal goals. I’m really passionate about giving back to the undocumented community and working at EOP has allowed me to do just that. For me, knowing that our office is creating and making a change for undocumented students is the reason why I walk into our office with a smile on my face every single day.

  • Maria Gonzalez-Andrade

  • Maria Gonzalez-Andrade

    Human Biology / Latin American and Latino Studies Minor / Senior / She, Her, Hers

    I decided to work at EOP, specifically at the Undocumented Student Services because I was provided a sense of community and support system my first year at UCSC. I think that it is always vital to give back to others whom might be going thru the struggle that you once did. Additionally, my end goal in life is to go back to my home town and provide them with similar services but thru the medical field. I believe that EOP truly is a space to obtain help as a student and growth as a student staff.

  • Rebeca Najarro

  • Rebeca Najarro

    Psychology and Sociology Double Major / Junior / She, Her, Hers

    As first generation students, college is a journey that, due to many different circumstances, our family members have not embarked on. It is easy to feel alone, but with a resource such as EOP, we have the opportunity to find a community where we can grow and learn together. Nevertheless, working at EOP is simply an abundance of joy. I get the chance to interact with my fellow peers and support them through their educational journey, just as EOP has provided a foundation of motivation and encouragement for me. There is nothing more that I look forward to than seeing us accomplish our goals, dreams, and aspirations together!

  • Deyci Carrillo Lopez

  • Deyci Carrillo Lopez

    Politics & LALS / Senior / She, Her, Hers

    I want to be able to help incoming students find their community at UCSC. This is a beautiful space to grow as an individual and a student.

  • Zulma Galdamez

  • Zulma Galdamez

    Psychology / Legal Studies / Senior / She, Her, Hers

    Before coming to UCSC, I participated in the 540% Extended Orientation and I benefited a lot from the workshops and presentations offered at this program. The interns were so friendly and knowledgeable and I decided that I wanted to be that for other students too. I applied to the USS office because I like the safe environment it provides to students and I want to make students feel welcome at UCSC and help them out in any way I can.