Student Outreach and Retention Center

Professional Staff

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  • She, Her, Hers

    Paulina has dedicated her life to advocating for college access and retention efforts that ensure students succeed in our K-14 educational system. 

Paulina Raygoza

Director

praygoza@uci.edu

  • He, Him, His

    Joey is dedicated to serving students through a holistic approach and advocating for social justice education for historically marginalized communities

Jose 'Joey' Leon

Assistant Director

leonja4@uci.edu

  • He, Him, His

    Daniel’s work has focused on racial and educational equity. His main goal is to empower students to become creative change makers.

Daniel Cano

Program Specialist

canod@uci.edu

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    marbell@uci.edu

Marbell Gomez-Davidson

Administrative Assistant

marbell@uci.edu

Student Staff

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  • She, Her, Hers

    Andion is a 4th year majoring in Public Health and minoring in Asian American Studies and Statistics. She was raised between Quezon City, Manila and North Hollywood, Los Angeles. She is a first-gen student and believes that SOAR belongs to students.

Andion Isha Regala

Office Manager

  • She, Her, Hers

    Marilyn is a 4th-year student majoring in Political Science and Asian American Studies. SOAR has provided her with great resources and a voice to navigate through UCI. It is her goal and passion to continue advocating and supporting students, like herself, to achieve success in the educational system.

Marilyn N. Xiong

Outreach Coordinator

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    Behr is a 5th-year former transfer student double majoring in Psychology and Language Science. He became an Outreach Coordinator because he believed higher education should be accessible for everyone. To help learn more about how to better serve their community. His hobbies include sketch art, hanging out with friends, and bothering his cat!

Behr Abubo

Outreach Coordinator

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    Christina is a 4th-year English major and a first-generation college student interested in nonprofit work and library science. She joined SOAR because of its emphasis on student empowerment and student agency. Some of her hobbies include reading, gardening, crafting, and listening to or playing music.

Christina Acevedo

Pathfinder Coordinator

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    Benjamin loves to spend time with his friends back home in LA, practice guitar, play video games, and tries to be active when he can. He joined SOAR because he believed it was a great opportunity to continue learning about marginalized communities at UCI and transfer that knowledge to later career paths he wishes to go on for Health Administration.

Benjamin Amaya

Pathfinder Coordinator

  • She, Her, Hers

    Tahis is a 3rd year majoring in Film + Media Studies and Anthropology. Her interest in Anthropology is due to her wanting to create documentaries on civilizations and culture. She aspires to work with the Discovery Channel and bring stories to the screens.

Tahis Alcantar

Videographer & Website Coordinator

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    Vivian is a 4th year majoring in Business Administration. In her spare time, she loves doing portrait photography and exploring new outdoor places with friends. She’s excited to use her creative skills for spreading awareness about SOAR’s resources and help students navigate their way through UCI in order to be successful.

Vivian Truong

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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    Kimberly is a 5th year International Studies and Art double major. With her knowledge in Art and International Studies, she wishes to help bring more SOAR awareness to students across different communities. She is working towards being a future Creative Director to help BIPOC and LGBT+ artists to have more representation in media.

Kimberly Garcia Rodriguez

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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    Camille is a fourth-year studying Sociology, Political Science, and Black feminism. She enjoys gardening, reading, attending concerts, and going to amusement parks in her free time. As a SOAR retention coordinator, she is here to support marginalized people at UCI.

Camille Edwards

Retention Coordinator

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    Genesis is a 4th-year transfer student studying Psychological Science. She enjoys spending time baking and playing videogames. She joined SOAR because she wants to advocate for underrepresented students and help students connect to campus resources.

Genesis Paniagua

Retention Coordinator