Transition Mentors

 

STARS Transition Mentor Program

The Transition Mentorship Program (TMP as we call it for short) consists of 4 Transition Mentors, 1 Lead Transition Mentor, and a cohort of 100-145 mentees at any given time each quarter. Transition Mentors are current transfer students who offer high levels of support on a one on one basis. As STARS student staff members they can answer questions, make referrals to appropriate resources, and assist with financial planning, navigating the campus, acclimating to the university, addressing academic goals, balancing family responsibilities, and connecting with the campus community. During the academic year TMP also sponsors engaging programs for TMP mentees to gather in the community.

 

The benefits of being a part of the TMP community are:

  1. Having an open line of communication with a highly trained Transition Mentor
  2. Getting first-pass access to TMP events, workshops, newsletters, work/internship opportunities, and more!
  3. Being a part of a tight-knit community that cares for your wellness, growth, and journey.

 

If you have any questions about the STARS Transition Mentorship Program please contact the Transition Mentors at starpeer@ucsc.edu. If you’re interested in joining the TMP Community please fill out our interest form no later than Monday October 4th.



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    Vivianna Alvarez (they/them/their)

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    TMP Coordinator

    Email: vilalvar@ucsc.edu

    Hola hola! My name is Vivianna Alvarez and when referring to me please use they/them/their pronouns. I was born and raised in Houston, TX, earned my B.A from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and my M.Ed from the University of Vermont. Throughout my educational and professional experiences I’ve loved working with other first-generation college students, immigrant families, queer & trans people of color, and serving historically marginalized communities.

     

    In my role at STARS I coordinate TMP, advise Pister Scholars, and create professional development opportunities for STARS students and leaders. I also offer general counseling for all transfer and re-entry students and support the Renaissance Scholars Program (RSP). 

     

    The TMP leadership team is a community of listeners, game-changers, and learners who desire to support you throughout your journey and growth. We are so excited to welcome each and every one of you to the STARS family and hope you’ll get involved with the Transition Mentorship Program!


  • Yamani (she/her/hers)

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    Lead Transition Mentor

    Email: starsm1@ucsc.edu 

    Hello! My name is Yamani. I was born in Sonoma in Northern California, raised in the United Arab Emirates, and currently have been living in Los Angeles. My major is cultural anthropology and I’m interested in how the natural world, landscapes, and environment influence culture and vice versa, as well as how humans create meaning in the world. In my free time I like to draw, paint, read, hike, and play the daff or frame drum! 

    Throughout my time working as a mentor in my community and community college, I have found great joy in making the path clearer for people and giving them the resources they need to manage life as not only a student, but as a person. Helping to uplift people and giving them support (as well as tips and tricks!) is a great motivator for me. The greatest support I have received here at UCSC has been from my major advisor and the STARS Transition Mentors who have helped me with understanding how the UCSC system works. I look forward to working with you and offer you a warm welcome to UCSC!


  • Michelle (she/her/hers)

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    Transition Mentor

    Email: starsm2@ucsc.edu

    Hello! My name is Michelle Moreno and I grew up in Sacramento and moved to the East Bay when I was 11. I am a Spanish Studies major with a minor in Latin American Latino Studies. I have a huge passion for working in community and creating welcoming and open spaces. I have worked in various organizations focused on youth development and in my last job I tutored for my community college. I am so grateful to have in

    tentionally landed as a transition mentor at UCSC. 

    As transfer students, we experience university life differently than non-transfers and with that may come some challenges. I transferred in during the pandemic, and benefited greatly from seeking TMP, CAPS, and EOP resources. I am excited to be able to share knowledge and learn how to support each other in the best way possible! I believe in the idea that when you get “there” reach your hand back and pull someone up with you. No gatekeeping here! I am thrilled to meet you, and experience UCSC together. 

    Warmly, Michelle 


  • Daniel (he/him/they/them)

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    Transition Mentor

    Email: starsm3@ucsc.edu

    Hey y’all! My name is Daniel and I was born in a small town called Los Banos located in the Central Valley. I am a queer, 1st generation transfer student from Los Angeles. I am a Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major with a minor in Black Studies. I am a lover of flowers, wildlife, nature, art, and doggos. I am deeply passionate about community care, self love, social justice, and tending to Mother Earth. My intentions are to be of support, network, create a safe space through TMP and build community with folks here at the University of Santa Cruz. Whether that is socially distanced or in person I am thrilled to assist you with all of your journeys. One thing that I've learned during my first year at UCSC was that it’s completely okay to not have everything figured out.


  • Hassan (he/him/his)

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    Transition Mentor

    Email: starsm4@ucsc.edu

    Hello people, my name is Hassan Pathan and I was born in India, then immigrated here when I was about 3. Since then I’ve grown up in Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, and finally San Jose where I am currently living. I’m a Computer Science major interested in space technology and just about anything related to space. When I’m not in class, I enjoy watching all kinds of movies and tv shows. I am a part of the UCSC Rocket team. Every year we compete in the NASA student launch initiative and build a 10-12ft rocket to launch.

     

    My first year at UCSC was all online so it was a very rough experience to be honest but the support from STARS, EOP Stem Hub, and MEP truly got me through it. I also love giving back to the community that has gotten me to where I am now. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to become a mentor at TMP. As a transfer student myself, from Evergreen Community college, I had many mentors help me along the way and ease my worries about higher education. I have been put through the ringer as a typical STEM student and I am still here so I feel I can offer some strong survival tips as a mentor myself to you in your time here at UCSC now.


  • Diego (he/him/his)

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    Transition Mentor

    Email: starsm5@ucsc.edu

    Hey there! My name is Diego Herrera and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am an Anthropology major that enjoys a unique view of the world because of the diverse field. I like to spend my free time outdoors, traveling, eating anything I can try, and with the occasional video game session with friends. I have a passion for helping others on their path and enjoy watching them succeed.    


    While volunteering within my community I have had the opportunity to help people from all aspects of life through very difficult situations without judgement and confidentially. As a transfer student myself, I understand the challenges transitioning students face and how intimidating they can be. I understand what it’s like to have a difficult time balancing life alongside school work and other commitments. I look forward to giving you a helping hand on your journey at UCSC


Student Resources 

  • Transfer Success Class
    Provides first-quarter, community college transfers with an understanding of the workings of a research university with an emphasis on advanced academic expectations.
  • STARS Student Budget
    Financial tool to help assist you with creating a personal budget, with your income and expenses. Evalute how much money you have each quarter by reviewing your Financial AId, income earned, family contrubutions, as well as quarterly bills and overall expenses.
  • Academic Support Resources
    There are a number of resources available at UCSC to support you in succeeding.  Be proactive in seeking help when you need it, and remember that there are many people at UCSC who want to see you do well.
  • STARS Advisors
    STARS staff embrace and develop connections and cooperative relationships with colleagues and community partners to create a meaningful and personalized network of support for our students.