Student Outreach and Retention Center

Professional Staff

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    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

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    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

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    marbell@uci.edu

Marbell Gomez-Davidson

Administrative Assistant

marbell@uci.edu

Student Staff

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    Hi! I am a 4th-year student majoring in Psychological Science & Criminology! I joined SOAR because I want to help create a safe space on campus for underrepresented & marginalized communities by providing needed support, programs & resources. 

Priscilla Martinez

Program Co-Director

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    Hello, my name is Farahnaz Hoque! I am one of the Program Co-Directors and it is my pleasure to work with SOAR towards my passion of creating a safer space for all the communities here at UCI. For my goal, it primarily lies with mental health and creating awareness and resources through my programs, that will be accessible for all and every fellow student here at UCI!
     
     

Farahnaz Hoque

Program Co-Director

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    Hello! I'm a 4th-year studying Public Health Sciences. I joined SOAR because I want to empower historically marginalized communities on campus to find their voices and help navigate the resources available to them. Outside of SOAR, I love to take naps and binge shows!

Khrisna Lei Madi

Affiliate Co-Chair

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    Hi! I’m a 3rd year Education Science student. I enjoy going to the beach with friends and trying different crepe places. I joined SOAR because I wanted to be part of a team that cares and helps communities that are underrepresented through their college journey.

Ashley Arellano

Affiliate Co-Chair

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    Hello! I am a 4th-year student majoring in Psychological Science and minoring in Japanese Studies. I hope to apply the knowledge and skills I gain from my academics to my communities. In my spare time, I enjoy watching anime, listening to music, playing basketball, trying new foods, and learning new things. I joined SOAR because I resonate with its core values and want to support students who may feel lost when navigating college.

Emi Yamasaki

Pathfinder Coordinator

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    Hi! I am a 3rd year Psychological Science and Chicano/Latino Studies double major! My goal is to become a social worker and help underserved communities find their voice and their passions! I joined SOAR because I want to engage with and support students that need an ear to listen or that need someone to help navigate through college!

Andrea Serrano

Pathfinder Coordinator

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    She is currently a 4th Year student at UCI. She transferred in Fall of 2020 and is majoring in Anthropology. Her interests include a deep passion for gaming and really anything related to it. She is looking forward to serving fellow Umoja students transitioning to the university. She plans to establish a space at SOAR for Black/African American UCI students to feel connected to the university.

Nyah E. Beck

Umoja Peer Pathfinder Educator

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    Hi, my name is Jodi Lacangan and I am an art major with a digiart minor. I love all things MCU, tacos, MBTI, astrology, and rom-coms. I joined SOAR because I know how important it is for students to feel welcome and supported throughout their educational journey.

Jodi Lacangan

Videographer & Website Coordinator

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    Hello! I'm a 2nd year Business Administration major, Digital Information System minor. Outside of SOAR, I like spending my free time drawing and trying good food spots. I joined SOAR because I felt it was a good opportunity to use my skills for meaningful work.

Joseph Tom

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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    Hi! My name is Sasha and I’m a 3rd year studying psychology and business through my major and minor. I joined SOAR because I love the idea of being able to use marketing to help keep all types of students on our campus engaged and involved.

Sasha Tesoro

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Student Interns

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