TMP 2.0

Purpose of The Transition Mentors Program 2.0:

The Purpose of the Transition Mentors Program 2.0  is to support graduating transfer and re-entry students in their last two quarters  by providing  professional development workshops and intrusive mentorship. Transition Mentors (TMs) are student leaders who through a social justice lens hope to pay it forward. TMs serve as "accountabilabuddies" to mentees by keeping each other on track with graduation requirements, processes, and planning out the next steps post-graduation.

Transition Mentors support graduation-bound Transfer and Re-entry students who want to 

  1. Develop their professional skills.
  2. Learn about graduate-level opportunities 
  3. Fine tune interviewing skills to translate their experiences.


Meet The Staff

STARS Student Affairs Specialist

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 from 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 encouraged me to continue advocating for the needs of transfer and re-entry students and finding resources available to them. Currently, I am working on the development of TMP 2.0 which will serve graduation bound transfer and re-entry students during their last two quarters at UCSC by providing professional development workshops and intrusive mentorship. My goal is to assist mentees and mentors with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify and pursue opportunities for employment and/or graduate school as they transition out of UCSC. 


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Meet the Mentors


Lead Transition Mentor

Elizabeth Williams 

Elizabeth Williams prides herself in being someone who cares deeply about providing support alongside others. She is a non-gender conforming queer and ally to others who experience hardship around their identity.  Her current career path is to achieve a PhD in clinical psychology to provide one on one mental health care to patients. She came across this career path through her own struggles with mental illness and recovery. Elizabeth has previous experience mentoring students through her work as a peer mentor at her community college.

Want to check-in with Liz? Join her drop-in hours: 

Zoom: Liz’s Zoom Link 


Drop-in Hours

  • Mondays: 12-2pm
  • Or appointment by email

Lead Transition Mentor

Lindsey Tavares-Sabido

My name is Lindsey Tavares-Sabido (she/her/hers) and I am a recent UCSC graduate holding a B.A. in Legal Studies with a minor in Politics. I was born and raised in New York City and North Jersey. I moved to CA in 2012 to attend Santa Barbara City College and transferred to UCSC in 2018. I'm a first-generation American, first-generation college student, and adult child of a formerly incarcerated parent. Aside from my role as a TMP mentor, I am also conducting research through the Pan African Research Fellowship and working with Bay Area Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, hiking, biking, gardening, cooking, painting, & dancing

Want to check-in with Lindsey? Join her drop-in hours: 

Zoom: Lindsey’s Zoom Link 


Drop-in hours:

  • Mon - Friday: 12:30 pm - 3:00pm


Transition Mentor

Vanessa Morgan

Vanessa Morgan is a senior transfer student who got her Associates degree from MiraCosta Community College in San Diego, CA. She transferred to UCSC as a double major with majors in Anthropology and Environmental studies. She is a Rachel Carson College affiliate who loves the outdoors and is very passionate about environmental issues. Vanessa is involved with the PEMA (Primate Ecology & Molecular Anthropology) lab through the Anthropology department. As a member of the chimp coding team, she processes footage from camera traps in Tanzania, Africa. She intends to use this data for her senior thesis where she will get to develop her own original research project on Chimpanzee vocalizations. Vanessa is also a Student Life and University Guide, she educates prospective students about UCSC via admissions events, on-line text chats, and workshops. 


Want to check-in with Vanessa? Join her drop-in hours: 

Zoom: Vanessa’s Zoom Link


Drop-in hours: 

  • Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5pm 
  • Wednesday 11am-1pm, 
  • Friday 10:30am-1:30pm


Transition Mentor

Kelly Panlaqui 

My name is Kelly Panlaqui, she/ her pronouns, and I am one of the Transition Mentors at the Transition Mentorship Program 2.0. I am a 4th year Politics Major and was born/ raised in Riverside, California. A little bit about me is that in my free time I love to dance and bake (especially macarons). I am a huge Disney fan, my second home is basically Disneyland and my favorite Disney movie is Aladdin. I have two dogs, a bichon frise and golden retriever, who love to go on walks, take naps and whom I love very much. I used to be a gymnast and figure skater for 8 years and I know how to play two instruments (clarinet and violin). On campus, I am part of the Kpop dance team POPreKa, a member of the Pre-Law Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity and a CUIP (Chancellor Undergraduate Internship Program) intern at the Good Neighbor Initiative. My journey at STARS started when I was a winter transfer student last year as a mentee and a year later, I am proud to be going from a mentee to one of the Transition Mentors. I am excited to give back to the community who helped me become the leader I am today and to help everyone take the steps needed to achieve their goals. If anyone would love to reach out and talk about anything, both school and life related issues, I am always available, and my contact information will be listed down below. I’m excited to see what the new year brings us and that everyone is doing well both mentally and physically!


Want to check-in with Kelly? Join her drop-in hours: 

Zoom: Kelly’s Zoom Link


Drop-in hours: 

  • Mondays: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Fridays: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Transition Mentor

Zitlali Lara

Hi everyone! My name is Zitlali Lara, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I transferred to UCSC winter 2020 from Ohlone Community College in the Bay Area. My major is Sociology, and I am passionate about education and trying to help people like me: someone who is a first-generation college student and a daughter of immigrants. I had many ups and downs while figuring out my passions, but I am getting closer and closer to that goal each day! As a transition mentor, I will dedicate myself to meeting your needs as best as possible while also creating a safe space. I am excited to help you explore your academic journey, whatever it may be! :)


Want to check-in with Zitlali? Join her drop-in hours: 

Zoom: Zitlali’s Zoom Link


Drop-in hours:

  • Mondays (10am. -1pm)
  • Wednesdays (12-2pm)
  • Thursdays (10am-12pm)
  • Friday: 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4/21 (12-2pm)


Additional Resources:

Visit our TMP 2.0 shared drive <3