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CLA Underrepresented Students Network


To assist underrepresented students in having an equitable educational experience as a part of the Cal Poly campus. 


The College of Liberal Arts Underrepresented Students Network (CLA USN) is a peer mentoring program for underrepresented students in our college. Mentors can meet informally with mentees to provide support and resources on Cal Poly’s campus. USN is not a counseling service, but a place to talk with peers who can identify with the experiences of other underrepresented students. Please see the list of mentors below, and click the button to sign up to be matched!



Jeremiah HernandezJeremiah Hernandez

Major: Ethnic Studies, class of 2018
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, learning about playing with new technologies, reciting rhymes in a lo-fi studio, and upsetting colonization and imperiousness through cultural and political resistance.
Funny Story: When I was a youth in Santa Maria, I always loved playing with Lego’s, K’nex, and other building toys. My family always said I should go to Cal Poly because it has one of the best architecture programs around. Fast forward 20 years later, I’m attending Cal Poly as an ethnic studies student. I still like building stuff and would like to get a contracting license one day.


Mayra MejiaMayra Mejía 

Major: Graphic Communication, class of 2017
Hobbies: Eating food, being outdoors/nature, going to Body Pump at the Rec Center, getting involved on campus and in my community, and doing nice things for the people I love.
Fun Facts: I am a first generation Latina, and I have five siblings, four nieces and four nephews. I currently hold the record for being a Cal Poly Summer Institute (SI) Learning Assistant/Mentor for four summers in a row (I have forty SI students!).



Marcos RamirezMarcos Ramirez

Major: Psychology, class of 2018
Hobbies: I love the gym, soccer, basketball, fitness, running, chess, hiking, learning and self-improvement (both physically and mentally).
Fun Facts: I am a first generation Latinx college student who comes from a low socioeconomic status. The ONLY autograph I would ever ask for is from J. Cole (rap artist).





Kristen TranKristen Tran

Major: Psychology and Comparative Ethnic Studies, class of 2018
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, visiting animal shelters, reading superhero backgrounds, writing, lifting (sometimes, mainly with a buddy), singing, playing the ukelele, and walking my cat.
Fun Facts: I am a child of refugees from Vietnam and I have a big family - my dad’s side is here, my mom’s side is in Australia. The first time I visited Australia, I got to meet the Crocodile Hunter, hold a baby crocodile, and pet kangaroos. 



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