CLA Underrepresented Students Network
To assist underrepresented students in having an equitable educational experience as a part of the Cal Poly campus.
ABOUT CLA USN
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!
MEET THE CLA USN Mentors
Major: Masters in Business Administration, Class of 2020; Graphic Communication, Concentration in Web & Digital Media, 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!).
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.
Felipe Ramon Garcia
Major: I came into Cal Poly as an Architectural Engineering major and I am now a 5th year studying Psychology
Hobbies: I enjoy practicing spoken word, I have run two marathons, I've been cutting hair since middle school (I’m pretty good!), I am skilled at graffiti art, and I currently work at the Cal Poly Rec Center!
Fun Facts: During my time at Cal Poly, I made an effort to be involved on campus, especially within the underrepresented community. I believe that students can influence and create an inclusive environment on our campus, and I would like to encourage our generation to do so!
Major: History, Class of 2019
Hobbies: I love listening to music, hiking, watching football, playing sports, reading, visiting historical sites/museums, spending time with family and friends, and cooking (as well as eating) good food.
Fun Facts: I am a proud Mexican-American, first generation college student. When I was in pre-school, I ran out of the gate during play-time, upsetting the staff a little bit. After that, they put up a large fence surrounding the pre-school.
Major: Graphic Communication, Concentration in Web & Digital Media, Class of 2019
Hobbies: Photography, singing, going to concerts, taking on leadership positions, cooking and trying new recipes, working out, and writing.
Fun Facts: Although I’m a designer, I’m partially colorblind (red-green). I’m a three-time WOW leader. I’m the son of two Filipino immigrants.
Rosa Elena Lopez
Major: Political Science (Pre-Law) and Ethnic Studies minor, Class of 2020
Hobbies: Binge-watching TV shows, reading, singing, writing, going to the beach, actively participating in my community,spending time with loved ones, watching Warriors games (go Dubs)!
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation Xicana college student and daughter of Mexican immigrants. I've been singing ever since I was younger, and I'm in an on-campus a cappella group called That's the Key. I am also one of the co-founders of Mujeres, a club for womxn-identifying students of color.
Ingrid Reyes Patron
Major: Political Science, with a concentration in Global Politics, Class of 2021
Hobbies: Listening to new music, going to concerts, trying new foods, writing, thrift shopping, and reading.
Fun Facts: I lived in Mexico for eight years, and completely unrelated, but Chick-fil-a made me go vegetarian.