UEP Student Leaders

Who are the UEP Student Leaders?

Our Student Leaders are a group of students dedicated to the mission of the Urban Experience Program and serving as a resource for their peers that are looking for more support. They are trained to:

  • Conduct initial interviews for students seeking UEP membership
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring to students who are looking to get more involved with UEP
  • Help students find resources on campus that support their holistic success
  • Facilitate workshops for members
  • Offer direction in the areas of UEP, university, and community resources as well as best student practices
  • Plan, promote and facilitate programs and events that are sponsored by The Urban Experience Program
  • Represent the Urban Experience Program at community events and present on the plethora of support resources we provide.

Meet the Student Leaders

Jose Abraham Garcia


Jose Abraham Garcia was born in Salamanca, Gto, Mexico and has been in Houston, Texas since the age of four. He graduated from YES Prep Southwest in 2015. Jose is currently a junior studying Mathematics Finance, with plans to minor in Accounting. As a DACA and first generation college student, Jose wanted to become a cougar since he could remember and is the first in his family to attend a four-year university. During his freshman year he developed a compassion for helping others which lead him to the Urban Experience Program.

Nubia Reyes


Nubia Reyes was born in Michoacan, Mexico but at the age of two moved to Houston, Texas. She is a junior in Bauer College of Business and is marjoing in Management Information Systems (MIS). As a DACA and first-generation college student, Nubia plans to give back to her community in the future by starting her own non-profit organization that will be centered on providing financial education to low-income communities.

Ty-Rinetta Sanders-Washington


Ty-Rinetta Sanders-Washington is a Houston Native. She graduated top ten percent frm Booker T. Washington Senior High School. She is currently a sophomore studying Education. Although she is first-generation college student, she has huge plans of attaing her Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning, Master's in Administration and Supervision,a nd Ph.D or Ed.D in Higher Education. One of her favorites quotes is, "It's not about what you go but what you make of what you got."

Katherine Balderrama Najera


Katherine Balderrama Najera was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico, and she moved to Houston, TX at the age of 3. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Mathematical Biology at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Katherine is a DACA, first-generation Latina who plans to go to medical school and one day set up surgical clinics at low-income neighborhoods.