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National First-Generation College Celebration

As we approach the National First-Generation College Celebration (NFGCC) on November 8th, which is just around the corner, we want to ensure that we shine a spotlight on our First-Generati8on students and staff and the remarkable journeys they have embarked upon.

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First Generation Staff & Faculty

  • Arbaz Ali, CAPS: Masters, Counseling, Bachelors, Psychology
  • Celina Dugas, Veteran’s Services: Doctorate, Higher Education Leadership, Masters, Social Work. Bachelors, Social Work 
  • Cheyenne Peer, A.D. Bruce Religion Center, Human Services, AS, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management
  • Chris Dawe, Student Affairs: Masters, Physical Education in Athletic Administration, Bachelors, Physical Education
  • Dr. Holly Alexander, SHRL: PhD, Educational Planning, Policy, and Leadership, Masters, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Bachelors, Social Work & Counseling 
  • Dr. Monica Thompson, Office of the VPSA: Ed.D Ethical Leadership, Masters, Educational Administration and Human Resources Development, Bachelors, Management, Minor Accounting 
  • Dr. Toshio Asai, CAPS: Doctorate, Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, Masters, Counseling Psychology, Bachelors, Psychology, Bachelors, Sociology 
  • Dr. Vanessa Henley, CAPS: PhD/Ed.D, Counseling Psychology 
  • Gabriel Jackson, Associate of Arts degree in Business Management, Bachelors in General Studies 
  • Germaine Washington, Office of the VPSA: Masters, Business Administration, Bachelors, Political Science 
  • Gil Lizalde, Business Operations: Masters, Higher Education, Bachelors in Communications 
  • Griselda Quezada, SHRL: Bachelors, Masters 
  • Ja’Nelle King, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Bachelors, Health Administration, Masters, Education
  • Katy Kaesebier, CSI: Masters, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Bachelors, Psychology and Spanish
  • Kayleen Lam, CSI: Masters, Social Work, Bachelors, Sociology and Social Work, Minor Criminal Justice and Sexuality Studies 
  • Kenny Mauk, SHRL: Masters, Public Administration, Bachelors, Public Relations 
  • Kevin Nguyen, CSAC: Masters, College Counseling & Student Development, Bachelors, Psychology, Bachelors, Health Education 
  • Kim Clark, Campus Recreation: Masters, Sports Administration, Bachelors, Recreation Administration
  • Laura Zavala-Membreno, WGRC: PhD, Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, M.Ed., Counseling, Bachelors, Psychology 
  • Leanica Adams, SHRL:  Masters, Bachelors 
  • Moises Medina, ISSSO: Bachelors, Supply Chain 
  • T’Juana Derbigney-Hampton, Student Health Center: Bachelors, Psychology, AS, Nursing 
  • Torrence Douglas, UCS: Masters in Higher Education Administration, Bachelors Communication Studies.