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: Psychology, Minoring in Child Development and Statistics, Class of 2021
Hobbies: I enjoy finding new music, spending endless hours on YouTube, going to concerts, swimming, and painting.
Fun Facts: I’m a first-generation Latina from Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants and I’ve never been gone to another state in the US but I have been to China.
Anna Zaida Leon
Major: English with a double minor in Spanish and MAST (Media Arts Society and Technology), Class of 2021
Hobbies: Re-watching all of the Harry Potter movies, eating way more than I’m supposed to, and trying new things (I just tried surfing and it was a disaster).
Fun Facts: I live five minutes away from the U.S and Mexican border.I am second-generation and come from an Indigenous family.
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!
Brandon E. Roul
Major: Political Science, Pre-Law concentration Minors: Ethnic Studies, Anthropology and Geography, French, Class of 2020
Hobbies: Playing sports, listening to music, singing in the shower, drawing, reading, working out, and spending time with friends.
Fun Facts: I am the son of two immigrants, and I can speak French fluently.
Major: 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.
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 have 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: Psychology, Class of 2020
Hobbies: Running, hiking, eating (then running more), reading everything from fantasy-sci-fi to classics, quality films and tv shows, volleyball, watching sports, hanging out at the beach, visiting big cities.
Fun Facts: I was an actor as a kid, for instance, I voiced Littlefoot in the original 'The Land Before Time.' I'm a reentry student that hopes to go to grad school and had no idea how to even begin to approach college; it was hard to figure out! I want to help younger people and POC use what I learned to have a clearer and more equitable experience.
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.
Major: Communication Studies and Experience Management minor
Hobbies: I love sustainable fashion and thrift shopping, going on hikes, singing, live music, painting, spending time with people I love, and meeting new people!
Fun Facts: I am a second-generation Latina, I'm the oldest sibling, and my last name is pronounced like “kiwis.”
Louel Isaac Ibe
Pronouns: Any pronouns
Major: Modern Languages & Literatures, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Class of 2020
Hobbies: Listening to horror podcasts; reading; watching YouTube and Netflix; playing Pokémon, Overwatch, and Minecraft; learning languages
Fun Facts: I'm an immigrant and grew up in a bilingual household (Tagalog and English). I started learning French in high school and Spanish in college. Right now, I'm trying to learn Italian and Portuguese in my free time!
Manmit Singh Chahal
Major: I'm majoring in Comparative Ethnic Studies and working to minor in Women and Gender Studies, Queer Studies, and Sociology.
Hobbies: I love to sing and dance Indian classical! I have been learning to play the Indian percussion instrument tabla and although I suck at all of it, from singing to dancing to playing tabla, I really enjoy it! I'm also very passionate about ideas of anti-oppression and liberation.
Fun Facts: I am a first generation, low income queer Indian American. I am also the President of MustangsUNITED working to normalize the much needed values of love, empathy, and respect. And one more thing, I'm a YouTuber and y'all should subscribe!
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!).
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.
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 and Child Development Minor, Class of 2021
Hobbies: I love watercolor painting, playing volleyball, traveling to new places, watching tons of movies (except horror!), and spending time with good people.
Fun Facts: I came into Cal Poly as an Architecture student, and even though I switched majors, it strengthened my love for art and design! Also, I am first generation on my mom's side, who is from Thailand, and I can understand and speak a little Thai.