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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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: History Major specializing in Modern United States and Latin American History. Minors in Spanish, Latin American Studies and Ethnic Studies. I am graduating in Spring 2019 and attending Stanford University for my Master Degree in Education/Teaching Credential.
Hobbies: I enjoy going on hikes, watching sports (fan of SF Giants, SJ Sharks, and GS Warriors), engaging in the Cal Poly community (I am a member of the College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Council and the president of the History Club on campus), and spending time with friends in my time away from school. I am currently working for the Avenue and I cook a lot outside of work as well.
Fun Facts: I will become a High School History Teacher after graduating; I love working with youth and I have spent the last four summers running sports camps for kids aged 6-12. I am also an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.