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!
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MEET THE CLA USN Mentors
Addison Le Claire
Major: Journalism, Minoring in Photography
Fun Facts: I have sounds from the BBC TV show Doctor Who as my ringtone!
Pronouns: He/Him They/Them
Major: Graphic Communication with a minor in Spanish and Studio Art
Hobbies: Drawing/Painting, martial arts, cooking, playing guitar and watching movies
Fun Facts: I am the child of Chinese and Irish parents from San Francisco and Santa Barbara respectively. I plan on eventually starting my own design firm.
Major: Communication Studies
Hobbies: Exercising, baking, exploring, hiking, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with friends and loved ones.
Fun Facts: Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to get a dog that is a Boxer breed and name him or her Rocky from the movie “Rocky Balboa”.
Major: Psychology along with minors in Child Development and Gerontology
Hobbies: I enjoy reading; I love thrillers! I also enjoy drawing with alcohol markers and painting with gouache. You can find me oftentimes at the beach or spending quality time at home with my cat, Percy.
Fun Facts: I have a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and I grew up in Minnesota!
Alondra Margarita Felix-Vazquez
Major: Child Development (Class of 2022)
Hobbies: Going to the beach, painting/crafts, dancing, singing, listening to music, and sleeping.
Fun Facts:I am first-generation Latina, the oldest of three, I am married, I sell polymer clay earrings, and I am bilingual.
Major: Psychology with a minor in Child Development
Hobbies: I spend most of my free time lifting at the Recreation Center, playing volleyball, dancing, learning songs on my piano, and playing video games. I also really enjoy going to the beach whenever I get the chance just to get some fresh air.
Fun Facts: I’m a big fan of Avatar: The Last Air bender!
Major: Double Major in Sociology and Political Science, Class of 2022
Hobbies: Watching movies, listening to podcasts/new music, cooking with friends, hiking, and attending concerts.
Fun Facts: I come from a family of Korean immigrants and grew up in a bilingual household. My ringtone is the jingle from "The Daily," a podcast I listen to every day!
Major: Psychology with a minor in Law & Society2
Hobbies: I enjoy making music playlists, trying to recreate craft ideas and food recipes I see online, and watching crime/ mystery shows and documentaries on Netflix!
Fun Facts: Both of my parents were born and raised in Jalisco, México, making me a first-generation Latina born in the U.S.— I would love to one day live in my parents’ hometown.
Major: Child Development Major with minors in Psychology, Spanish, and Ethnic Studies.
Hobbies: I love to play guitar, ukulele, and the violin whenever I get the chance. I also like to thrift or upcycle my clothes. When I am not in an active mood, I like taking naps to reenergize or binge-watching old TV shows.
Fun Facts: I have a twin brother who also goes to Cal Poly, and we were born 2 months premature.
Major: Master's in Public Policy, focus in Technology Policy, Class of 2022. Undergraduate in Political Science, American Politics Concentration with a minor in Science and Risk Communication, Class of 2021.
Hobbies: Cooking, playing and watching basketball, going to concerts, traveling, and trying new things.
Fun Facts: I come from a family of Chinese immigrants and I am a first-generation college student from San Francisco. I've been pretty active all my life, but I still can't ride a bike or swim.
Hobbies: listening to music, reading, exploring history, dancing folklorico, and playing video games.
Fun Facts: When I was 6 or 7 years old, I sang the national anthem at my brother's high school football game.
Major: Political Science
Hobbies: Hammocking and doing Chinese calligraphy
Fun Facts: I learned brush calligraphy from my mom who won a competition for her calligraphy skills!
Major: Psychology and Ethnic Studies
Hobbies: Reading, watching Netflix/anime, learning new recipes, and spending time with my family, including our bird named Sora. :)
Fun Facts: I am in a cultural sorority called Chi Delta Theta. I'm from the Bay Area but I also used to live in Tokyo, Japan for a few years when I was younger!
Major: Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies with concentrations in Computer Science, Political Science and Ethnic Studies, Class of 2022
Hobbies: Knitting, hiking, baking, thrifting, yoga, recycling, and I love spending time with my family.
Fun Facts: My parents were born and raised in a small beautiful pueblo, Santiago de Casandeje, in Mexico. I am a first-generation student, and when I came to college, I want to be a lawyer. After my first computer science class, my pathway completely changed yet I wanted to continue studying people and society. I believe in coding ethically and ensuring that the products are creating a positive impact on all communities.
Hobbies: I love to read and write, thrift, go to concerts, and discover new music. I have recently gotten into surfing, so you could probably find me at Pismo Beach trying to catch a wave!
Fun Facts: I am Filipino and Mexican, and second-generation!
Major: Sociology, concentration in Organizations
Hobbies: My hobbies include thrifting, baking, making Spotify playlists, photography (both digital and film), and painting.
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation Korean Canadian, but I grew up and live in Los Angeles.
Evan Fong Toji
Major: Art and Design: Graphic Design
Hobbies: Surfing, Photography, Cooking and Playing Guitar
Fun Facts: I love listening and sharing new music and for me Sunday night is the best night of the week because of my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist.
Hobbies: I love reading, crocheting, and making hyper-specific Spotify playlists :)
Fun Facts: I grew up in the Bay Area, and I’m one of six kids.
Major: Sociology, concentration in Global Politics, minor in Psychology
Hobbies: Reading, writing, cooking, long drives w/ music.
Fun Facts: I've moved around the world every couple years since I was born, and the longest place I've lived anywhere was my four years of high school.
Major: Child Development
Hobbies: Hiking, working out (I love bench pressing the most), and re-watching The Twilight Saga and Marvel movies.
Fun Facts: I am Mexican-American. I love being surrounded by nature!
Major: Psychology with a minor in Child Development
Hobbies: I love cooking, baking, watching crime shows, and taking my pug Molly for walks in the beach! I am an intern with Safer here Cal Poly and volunteer for SLO Hotline as well as being a member of the board for the Association of Transfer students.
Fun Facts: I just moved back to San Luis Obispo after spending the last eight months in Las Vegas! It was a fun experience but I’m glad to be back on the Central Coast!
Major: Communication Studies '22
Hobbies: I love visiting local coffee shops, going thrifting, and playing with my pup!
Fun Facts: I grew up as an only child.
Mackenzie Marie Demay
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Science and Risk Communication
Hobbies: Weightlifting, Hiking, and watching new Netflix movies!
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation college student and a transfer student!
Major: Sociology and Psychology
Hobbies: Painting, drawing, doing arts and crafts. I enjoy watching TV shows and good movie recommendations. I also like taking small adventures by myself and discovering cool places to watch the sunset.
Fun Facts: I am a first-gen undocumented student and I also share the same birthday as my mom.
Major: Philosophy with a minor in Pre-Law.
Hobbies: Cooking, practicing yoga, writing, and trying new foods.
Major: Ethnic Studies
Hobbies: Hanging out with my kids and family, bbq’ing with friends, going to car shows, listening to music, making salsa, reading, and shopping!
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation college student, and I was born in New York, but raised in California.
Major: Political Art & Design with a Studio concentration with a minor in Spanish
Hobbies: My medium of choice is mixed media sculpture, but I've been oil painting more recently due to not being able to have access to the art studios on campus. I work with surrealism and the exploration of the subconscious. When I'm not making art, I also like to dance, cook, garden, and take care of my baby rats! I'm also interested in psychology, politics, and history. I enjoy reading African American memoirs and my favorite movie is Fantastic Planet.
Fun Facts: I cut and dye my hair myself.
Ruilly Horta Castaneda
Major: Anthropology and Geography, Class of 2022
Hobbies: Eating food, Binge-watching Netflix, reading, painting/drawing, going to the beach, listening to music (especially reggaeton), and spending time with mi familia.
Fun Facts: I'm a first-generation Latina from Michoacan, Mexico. My family and I (primos and everything) migrated to the U.S. around ten years ago.
Major: Psychology with a minor in Child Development.
Hobbies: Gardening, walking my dog, and reading.
Fun Facts: I got to climb a glacier when I went to Iceland!
Major: Sociology with a minor in Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology
Hobbies: I love binge-watching tv shows, spending hours researching random things on the internet, and eating fried chicken sandwiches.
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation American (my parents are Iranian and Austrian) and I am from San Francisco.
Major: Communication Studies, double minoring in Media Arts, Society, and Technology and Ethnic Studies
Hobbies: Watching TV shows, my top three are Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, and Game of Thrones. I love to go to the beach, spend time with my friends and family, and am currently reading the Southern Trilogy Series by Jeff Vandermeer which is amazing!
Fun Facts: I am a HUGE Disney fan :)