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CLA Underrepresented Students Network



MISSION

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

Alex WoonAlex Woon

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.

 


America RomeroAmerica Romero 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

 


Angela EspinozaAngela Espinoza

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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!

 


Ashley ChoiAshley Choi

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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!

 


Belen PadillaBelen Padilla

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

 


Christine LamChristine Lam 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

 


Cinthia LeyvaCinthia Leyva 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Journalism
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.

 

 


Iman LaiqueIman Laique

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

 

 


Julianna QuihuizJulianna Quihuiz 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.”

 


Lienmir ArradazaLienmir Arradaza

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Psychology major minoring in Ethnic Studies
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.

 

 


Lisa NguyenLisa Nguyen

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Sociology
Hobbies: I like watching crime shows, listening to music, dancing, singing, and playing games like Minecraft and more.
Fun Facts: I was the dance coordinator of the K-pop dance group on campus for 2 years. Another fun fact is that I fell down while performing at California Adventure.

 

 


Manmit Singh ChahalManmit Singh Chahal 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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!

 


Mayte MagallónMayte Magallón

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Political Science major with a concentration in American Politics
Hobbies: Hiking, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, thrifting, sewing, gardening, and finding new ways to make my lifestyle more sustainable.
Fun Facts: I came into Cal Poly as an Agriculture Science student and, even though I'd been taking Political Science classes since my first quarter, I didn't officially switch majors until my 3rd year!

 


Nanda OrtízNanda Ortíz

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

 


Noelani DuldulaoNoelani Duldulao

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Child Development major, minoring in psychology
Hobbies: I enjoy going to church on Sunday mornings, finding the best sunset spots in San Luis Obispo, taking care of plants, thrifting secondhand clothes, and curating playlists for my every mood!
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation Filipina, Latina, and Indigenous student who has a passion for children and caring for others!

 


Rebecca Slagle LuenserRebecca Slagle Luenser

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Psychology 
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, and hanging out with my dogs.
Fun Facts: I'm married and this year my husband will be joining me at Cal Poly for his master's degree.

 

 


Ruilly Horta CastanedaRuilly Horta Castaneda 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

 


Serenah ClarkSerenah Clark

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

 


Shelby WongShelby Wong

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Communication Studies and French minor
Hobbies: I love to make playlists and find new musical artists; my current favorite genres right now are R&B and reggaetón. I also find nature so beautiful, so I love to vibe out with friends at the beach or play volleyball. I also like to play video games, read books, and I’m trying to get into water coloring!
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation full Chinese-American—my parents are from Hong Kong and Vietnam. I’m from the Bay Area (shoutout 510!) and I identify as bisexual (: I also like to make aesthetic-kind of travel vlogs and I have a small photography Instagram for fun, we love an excuse to go outside and explore!

 


Sofia Sanz GalanSofia Sanz Galan

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Psychology and Equine Sciences minor
Hobbies: I love to travel and meet people from all over the world. I love ocean swimming, music, riding horses and animals. I love spend time outdoors and camping with family and friends and laugh a lot.
Fun Facts: I am from Spain, first-generation and I am the only one in my family living abroad. I left my country when I was 21 and since then, I had lived in places such as England, Qatar, New York, Chicago and Santa Barbara.

 


Victoria SanchezVictoria Sanchez

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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 :)

 


Victoria SiaumauVictoria Siaumau

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Child Development and Comparative Ethnic Studies
Hobbies: Reading, crocheting, playing Animal Crossing and making bad art.
Fun Facts: I currently live with 3 roommates, 3 dogs and 2 cats!

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