STARS Staff

STARS staff embrace and develop connections and cooperative relationships with colleagues and community partners to create a meaningful and personalized network of suport for our students. We foster critical reflection and action among students and staff. We value self-care, healing, and transformation for our students and ourselves.

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PEER COUNSELORS 

Peer Counselors are continuing Transfer and Re-entry students who assist through advising and counseling, computer consulting and administrative support services.

Peer Counselors are available during the academic year in the STARS Student Center (Kresge 180) and via email at starpeer@ucsc.edu



    Sara

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    Sara A. Radoff

    Director, Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students.

    My passion in life is working to transform educational policies and practices to make them more socially just. My core values include developing caring relationships with students, colleagues, and friends, seeking out opportunities for collaboration and connection, and unapologetically challenging systems of oppression. I am dedicated to serving students and supporting their success. Prior to joining STARS, I  served as the Academic Preceptor at Oakes College. Before that, I worked in international education and community development work. I received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Montana, and a M.A. from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Society, Culture, and Politics in Education.


    Contact me:
    E-mail: saradoff@ucsc.edu
    Phone:831-459-4968
    Office Location: Kresge 188


  • Jannet

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    Jannet Ceja

    STARS Program Coordinator

    My name is Jannet Ceja (she/her pronouns) and I am a Program Coordinator here at STARS.  I was born and raised in Salinas, California. I transferred here to UCSC from Hartnell College in 2011 and then graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Politics.  As a student here, I was a peer adviser for the STARS program.  I loved the work that was being done, so I decided to work for STARS after I graduated, as a way to give back to the transfer community that I was a part of. I love working with STARS because I meet incredible people on the daily, and I am able to assist them with their educational journey.  I am here to offer support, a helping hand, as well as an ear to listen. I look forward to meeting you!


    Contact Me:
    Email:jrceja@ucsc.edu
    Phone:831-459-2552
    Office Location:Kresge 178


  • Elizabeth

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    Elizabeth Moya

    Renaissance Scholars Associate Director

    I am a UCSC alumnus, majored in Sociology and Legal Studies and attended San José State University for my Masters in Social Work. In my current role as the Renaissance Scholars Associate Director, I provide various academic, social, and personal coaching services to support students who have experienced separation or estrangement from family networks. The common thread among our community is resiliency and strength in navigating significant hardships. Our community includes former or current foster youth, orphans, or wards of the court. We also assist those who have experienced any of the following while growing up: homelessness prior to turning 18 years old and who have been formerly or system impacted. Most of my passions come from my personal background and me being an alumni of the Renaissance Scholars Program. I come from personal struggles, abuse, violence, homelessness, and trauma. I share my story with other students and youth to give hope that dreams are meant to come true with patience and guidance. I had inspiring mentors in my life to help me get to the point where I am at today. I only wish to walk alongside students to offer my support to be that one positive mentor or coach in their life. I am a true believer in advocacy and personal growth. I encourage and motivate students to reach their full potential while listening, guiding, and being patient with students. I relate to students and can build a positive professional relationship to help students feel they belong to a community of trusting individuals.

     

    I am also a mother to my beautiful son and we enjoy spending time outside, watching funny movies and camping! 

     

    Contact Me:

    Email: emoya@ucsc.edu

    Phone number: 831-459-4819

    Office location: Kresge 174


  • Vivianna

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    Vivianna Alvarez, M.Ed

    STARS Program Coordinator

    Hola hola! My name is Vivianna Alvarez, my pronouns are they/them/their, and I joined the STARS community in August 2019. Although I now call San Jose home, I was born and raised in Houston, TX, earned my B.A from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and my M.Ed at the University of Vermont. Throughout my educational and professional experiences I’ve loved working with other first-generation college students, immigrants, and queer & trans people of color. Relationship building and community care are important values in my work as I resist toxic cultures and systemic inequities.

    At STARS I have the privilege of coordinating the Transition Mentorship Program (TMP), which includes working with the 5 incredible Transition Mentors, who are highly trained continuing transfer students and provide intrusive mentorship for incoming transfer and re-entry students. Additionally, I serve as the Pister Scholarship Program (PSP) Advisor, which encompasses recruiting, advising, and programming with the annual 13 regional community college scholarship recipients throughout their journey at UCSC. Lastly, I lead the professional development efforts for the student leaders across all of our STARS programs.

    One thing I love about being a part of the STARS family is working with brave and curious students who are committed to their aspirations and success. We are a community of listeners, game-changers, and learners who desire to be a part of each other's growth. We welcome you to visit us at Kresge College to connect about your journey at UCSC - especially if something is hindering your ability to succeed in any capacity; or swing by to say hello, grab a snack, and be in community!

     

    Contact me:

    Email: vilalvar@ucsc.edu

    Phone number: 831-459-5886

    Office location: Kresge 184


  • DeShonne

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    DeShonne Keller

    Administrative Specialist

    My name is DeShonne Keller, and I'm the STARS Administrative Specialist. In this role, I provide financial management, processing, and analysis; oversee physical spaces; coordinate communications; and assist with Human Resource management within our unit. I worked at Kresge College as the College Assistant for six and a half years, supporting the Advising staff. I assisted with prior administrative, academic, and office management experience. I graduated from Cabrillo College in 2020 with two degrees from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Associates in Arts and Associates Sciences. I transferred to UCSC as a Transfer Student in January 2021 and currently majoring in CRES-Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. As a full-time employee and student, I will continue gaining knowledge and sharing my experiences within the Transfer community.

     

    Contact me:

    Email: dkeller1@ucsc.edu

    Phone number: 831-502-7077

    Office location: Kresge 192


  • Joshua

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    Joshua Solis

    Underground Scholars Program Coordinator

    Hello Everyone! My name is Joshua Solis. I am a first-generation formerly incarcerated UCSC Alumni from Salinas California. I now have the privilege of serving as the UC Santa Cruz Underground Scholars Program Coordinator. I’m very much committed to fostering the leadership, growth, and success of all our Underground Scholars. I am also a strong proponent of sharing information, resources, and opportunities that allow our students to thrive personally, academically, and professionally. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out. 

     

    Contact me: 

    Email: jgsolis@ucsc.edu


  • Francia

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    Francia Cruz Silva

    Hola! My name is Francia Cruz Silva, I am a proud undocuqueer, womxn of color and my pronouns are she/they. I was born in Toluca Mexico, but was raised in Los Angeles, CA. I transferred from East Los Angeles College where I completed my Associates degree in Sociology to UCSC in 2018. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at the end of spring 2020. During my time at UCSC, I had the opportunity to serve as a peer advisor and later as the Lead Transition Mentor for the STARS community. Being part of the transformative work TMP does encourages me to continue advocating for the needs of transfer and re-entry students and finding resources available to them.

    Currently, I have the pleasure of serving as the Cultivamos Excelencia program coordinator where I have the opportunity to work directly with local community colleges to bridge the gap between the community college and the university. 


    Contact Me:

    Email: fcruzsil@ucsc.edu

    Phone: 831-459-2552


  • Jerry

  • Jerry Cabilatazan

    Veteran Resource Center Program Coordinator

    Jerry Cabilatazan is a first generation American Filipino and a disabled United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran. During his time in service, he has spent two years with 2nd battalion 1st Marine Division and two years with 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Division. During his time within the Marine Corps, he deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his separation from active duty, as a student he has supported various Veteran Resource centers as an Administrative Assistant for Veteran within the Peralta community college district, Chabot-Los Positas community college district, and the Oakland Veteran Center from 2012-2020. From 2020-2022 Jerry has successfully served as San Francisco State Universities Program Coordinator, School Certifying official, VA Site Supervisor, and as the Veterans Educational and Support Club Advisor. As the Veteran Resource Program Coordinator within STARS our goal is to support our veterans, active-duty members, military spouses, and their dependents achieve their goals through higher academia. 


    Contact me:

    Email: jcabilat@ucsc.edu

    Phone number: 831-502-7240

    Office location: Kresge 232