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.
Spring 2020 Student Leader Profiles
Layla Yarezi Mayorga was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and she moved to Houston, TX at the age of one. She is currently a senior majoring in Philosophy with a dual degree program with the Hobby School of Public Affairs for a Masters of Public Policy. Layla is a DACA, first-generation Latina who plans to become a Philosophy professor and researcher of Language, Religion, and Immigration.
Archie was born and raised in Conroe, TX. He joined UEP in the fall of 2017. Archie is grateful for the direction and structure that UEP has given him and he wants to help bring that to students just like him. He is a junior studying Public Health with a minor in Biology. He plans on becoming a health care professional and returning to Conroe to give back. He is energetic and eager to serve students with the Urban Experience Program.
Uchechi was born in Livingston, New Jersey, moved to Dallas area at the age of 7, and has been in Houston since Fall 2017. She graduated from Little Elm High School in 2017. She is majoring in Human Nutrition and Foods the Nutrition and Fitness track. The Urban Experience Program guided her through her freshmen year, and she would like to continue to do the same for other students.
Dylan Roy is a freshman who is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. Dylan loves reading books, gaming, and movies. He is also a member of the Diamond Family Scholars Program, which is how he was introduced to the Urban Experience Program. One of his favorite things about UEP is the family atmosphere as well as the support system.
Chayanne Solórzano was born in Michoacán, Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 11. He is pursuing a B.S. in Biotechnology and wishes to lead a career in research. He advocates for structural change in STEM to ensure research opportunities are equally accessible to underrepresented groups and to groups of disadvantaged backgrounds. Chayanne is an officer of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). He is first-gen, LGBT, and a DACA student, all identity markers that have helped him to find power within to advocate for all others.
Katy Thormer was born in Conroe, TX and moved to Cleveland, TX at the age of 9, where she now lives with her husband and their cat. She graduated in the Top 10 from Cleveland High School in May 2017 and has been a member of UEP since her first semester at UH in Fall 2017. She joined the UEP Staff in January 2019 as a Student Leader. She is studying Integrated (Marketing) Communication with a minor in Psychology. As a first generation college student, she plans to take her education a step further and pursue an M.A. in Communications at a Canadian university. She wants to become a Communications Director for a start-up company and give back to support the community of Cleveland, TX where she was raised.