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.
Jorge Carreño Gatica
Major: Graphic Communication, Class of 2018
Hobbies: I like cracking dad jokes and referencing memes. On my free time, I love going on runs, biking, and exploring town — especially local restaurants! I like chatting about random interesting facts and learning new things.
Fun Facts: Not so fun, but I take pride in balancing being a full-time student and working 32 hour weeks. It's overwhelming at times, but I love overcoming challenges!
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: Sociology with minors in Child Development, Psychology, and Spanish, Class of 2016
Hobbies: On my free time I enjoy spending time with family, watching movies, walking at the beach, doing Zumba, and dancing.
Fun Facts: I was born in and grew up in Toluca, México but came to the United States when I was nine years old. I am a first-generation Latina student, and I am passionate about education and practicing self-care. I love any spicy/chili candy, and my favorite season of the year is Fall. I can’t wait to meet you all!
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.
Major: Political Science, Class of 2019
Hobbies: I love soccer, football, volleyball, hiking, hanging out with friends, playing FIFA, and just staying active and busy.
Fun Facts: I am a first generation, immigrant college student from Santa Maria, CA (30 minutes away from SLO). If I'm not watching soccer, I'm either playing it or talking about it. I aspire to be a judge one day, but want to skip the lawyer part of it.
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.