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
Major: English with a double minor in Spanish and MAST .
Hobbies: I like writing, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and watching my favorite comfort shows over and over again.
Fun Facts: My favorite seasons of the year are fall and winter even though I was born in the spring.
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!
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: Running and reading!
Fun Facts: I met the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney) in fourth grade!
Major: Graphic Communication
Hobbies: I like to bake, swim, read, write and find new things to do with my friends.
Fun Fact: I am from and have lived my whole life in the 626 area.
Major: Sociology with a concentration in social services and a minor in child development
Fun Facts: I have five siblings and I have a twin sister who is also attending Cal Poly!
Major: Communication studies major with a minor in sales
Hobbies: Sports of all kinds, weightlifting, playing guitar, and music analysis.
Fun Facts: I am African American and White, first-generation college student, work full-time, and genuinely enjoy optimizing class schedules.
Major: Philosophy with a minor in Pre-Law.
Hobbies: Cooking, practicing yoga, writing, and trying new foods.
Hobbies: I love to play tennis, thrift, eat ramen, listen to music and watch pretty sunsets with my friends.
Fun Facts: I am a second-generation Filipino-American college student from the central coast!
Jessica Misaki Mason
Major: Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies: Computer Science and Psychology
Hobbies: I like playing in the J-Rock band "Genkey" on campus, reading, looking at capybaras and drinking hojicha.
Fun Facts: I'm a year younger than my classmates because I skipped first grade while living abroad in Shanghai China.
Araceli Jeannette Mendoza
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Spanish and Sociology
Hobbies: Binge watching shows, listening to music, playing video games with my niece, sleeping and collecting the world's smallest items.
Fun Facts: Three of my sisters are teachers. Growing up I wanted to work at Target and not go to college.
Major: Art and Design with a concentration in Graphic Design and double minor in Computing for the Interactive Arts and Ethnic Studies
Hobbies: I enjoy dancing, experimenting with makeup, collecting trinkets and making Spotify playlists that are way too long.
Fun Facts: I dance with K2 and UM here at Cal Poly and I dye my own hair!
Major: Graphic Communication with a concentration in UX/UI and a minor in media arts, society, and technology
Hobbies: Photography, reading, crocheting (just started on this one), fashion and playing music!
Fun Facts: I am Filipino, and I have four tattoos! Hoping to get my fifth soon.
Major: History with a minor in theatre
Hobbies: Trading card games, reading and traveling.
Fun Facts: I am a local to SLO County and have been able to explore most of the different towns and am currently prepping for a large regional tournament for some of my card games.
Cristian Ulisses Reyes
Major: Child Development with minors in ethnic studies, equity in education, and queer studies
Hobbies: My hobbies include listening to music (Omar Apollo, Kali Uchis, SZA, and Steve Lacy on a cycle), traveling, watching Marvel movies/shows, and doing self-care activities with my friends.
Fun Facts: I switched majors from biology to child development. I am also a first-generation student from the Central Valley.
Major: Child Development with a minor in Studio Art
Hobbies: I enjoy drawing, painting, thrifting, listening to music and reading books.
Fun Facts: I am a Mexican American and first generation to attend a university!
Ells McCone Jackson Taylor
Major: Political Science
Hobbies: Being an audiophile, longboarding, gaming and reading.
Fun Facts: My music library has over 1,000 albums and would take 1 month to listen to in its entirety without stopping.
Major: Communication Studies
Hobbies: I love going to the beach, rock climbing, finding new places to eat and listening to all kinds of music!
Fun Facts: I want to travel around the world and someday live in a different country when I'm older.