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Chancellor's Associates Scholars: Meet the Staff

Program Manager

  • Belinda Zamacona, M.A.

    Belinda Zamacona, M.A.

    Hometown: Colonia La Venta, Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, México
    High School: Fallbrook Union High School
    College (BA & MA): San Diego State University
    Favorite spot on Campus: Ian's Garden next to the La Jolla Playhouse
    On my bucket list: To spend an entire summer camping at the beach. 
    Advice to new students“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ―Arundhati Roy

    Belinda is the inaugural Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program Manager as of August 2014. A first-generation, english-language learner student and native of southern México, she has been part of the UCSD family since 2009. Belinda is passionate about issues of access and equity in education. Her professional background includes working with parents and families, community relations, and access, yield and retention programs. 

    belinda@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-6740
    Drop-In Hours: By Appointment, Click Here to Schedule an Appointment
    5th Floor Student Services Center #557, CASP Office

Academic Support Coordinator 

  • Karen Van Ness, M.A.

    Karen Van Ness, M.A.

    Hometown: Richardson, Texas
    High School: Plano Senior High School
    College (BA): Brown University
    MA & C.Phil: UCSD Department of Literature. Currently in joint doctoral program in education at UC San Diego and California State University, San Marcos
    Favorite spot at UCSD: The May 1970 Peace Memorial on Revelle Campus
    Bucket list: To finish my dissertation!
    Advice to new students: UC San Diego can feel big & impersonal, but you will find your place if you look for it.

    Karen has worked at UC San Diego for over 15 years as a writing instructor and as a program coordinator in Student Affairs.  She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on the role of the University of California system in the success of non-traditional students.

    kvanness@ucsd.edu | (858) 534-0371
    Drop-in hours: By Appointment, Click Here to Schedule an Appointment
    5th Floor Student Services Center #556, CASP Office

Program Assistant

  • Kimberly Rodriguez Jimenez

    Kimberly Rodriguez Jimenez

    Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
    High School: Chula Vista High School
    College (BA): University of California, San Diego
    Favorite spot at UCSD: OASIS and UCSD Women's Center
    Bucket list: To visit every state in Mexico
    Advice to new students: UC San Diego is a chapter in life that can be scary to start and scary to finish, but in the end it's up to you to decide how you'll fill each page. Live with no regrets!

    Kimberly has worked for the Chancellor's Associates Scholars Programs as of July 2016. As a first-generation, low income students, Kimberly is passionate about social justice issues and has worked as a student counselor in various capacities throughout her four years at UCSD. She recently graudated with a Language Studies Major and and International Studies and Business Minors.

    ksr002@ucsd.edu

    5th Floor Student Services Center #555, CASP Office

CAPS Liaison

  • Roberto Luna, Psy.D.

    Roberto Luna, Psy.D.

    Dr.Luna is a bicultural immigrant and a first generation college graduate. He works from a relational model informed by contemporary psychodynamic theory, social constructivist theory, feminist theory, and cognitive behavioral approaches within a social justice framework. Dr. Luna strives to create a safe and welcoming space where the student is encouraged to share, explore, challenge, and deconstruct life experiences. In this space, you would work together to gain insight to the presenting concerns and promote adaptive changes to reduce symptoms, improve academic performance, and interpersonal relationships. He looks forward to be a source of support in your journey at UCSD.

     

    rluna@ucsd.edu | (858) 534-3755

Student Office Coordinators

The Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program has occasional vacancies in positions for students to serve as office coordinators to support the Program Manager and assist with activities. E-mail Belinda if you're interested.

  • Guadalupe Mendez-Lopez - Class of 2018 (Senior)

    Guadalupe Mendez-Lopez - Class of 2018 (Senior)

    Lupe is the Senior Student Office Coordinator and is the student supervisor for CASP.

    Hometown: Pomona, CA 
    High School: Ganesha High School
    Thurgood Marshall College: Structural Engineering, Business Minor
    Favorite spot on Campus: RIMAC, SME Bridge, Warren Mall (Fallen Star and Snake Path)
    On my bucket list: Visit the Seven Wonders of the World
    Advice to new students: Explore and get involved!

  • Juan Merida - Class of 2019 (Junior)

    Juan Merida - Class of 2019 (Junior)

    Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
    High School: Citrus Hill High School
    Thurgood Marshall College: General Biology
    Favorite spot on Campus: Marshall Hump and the top of the Rady School of Management building
    On my bucket list: Going to Spain
    Advice to new students: It's ok to not know who you are yet, you'll learn along the way.

  • Julie Nguyen - Class of 2018 (Senior)

    Julie Nguyen - Class of 2018 (Senior)

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Transferred from: The Preuss School
    Eleanor Roosevelt College: International Business, Economics minor
    Favorite Spot on Campus: ERC's "Green"
    On my bucket list: Treat my family to a tropical vacation
    Advice to new students: Be open to trying new things and meeting new people. Do things you never would have thought about doing in high school. Lastly, never be afraid to ask for help because we all need a little help sometimes!
  • Jeanette Pena - Class of 2019 (Junior)

    Jeanette Pena - Class of 2019 (Junior)

    Hometown: Riverside, CA
    Transferred from: Citrus Hill High School
    John Muir College: General Biology
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Walking around campus!
    On my bucket list: Travel as much as possible
    Advice to new students: Don't be afraid to reach out for help!
  • Asha Haghi - Class of 2018 (Senior)

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Transferred from: The Preuss School
    hurgood Marshall College: Public Health (Major), Business (Minor)
    Favorite Spot on Campus: The Price Center! I love food!
    On my bucket list: To travel the world, I really want to visit Paris, Bora Bora and Hawaii.
    Advice to new students: Your four years at UCSD go by fast so make sure you work hard and have fun!

CASP Peer Leaders (CPLs)

The CPLs work with a caseload of 8-10 CASP students providing peer mentorship, support and counseling related to academic, personal, and sociocultural issues affecting their college transition.

The role of the CPLs is to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community among entering students and to encourage student development and identity awareness through one-on-one meetings and quarterly group events. Any questions about our CPLs, or if you’re interested in applying to be a CPL in the future, please contact us at casp@ucsd.edu.

  • Huy Nguyen, Class of 2018 (Senior CPL Lead)

    Huy Nguyen, Class of 2018 (Senior CPL Lead)

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    High School: Mira Mesa High School
    Thurgood Marshall College: Aerospace Engineering  
    Favorite Spot on Campus:Biomedical Library
    On my bucket list: Study abroad in Europe
    Advice to new students: Push beyond your comfort zone, embrace the struggle, and don't forget to go to office hours!

  • Lana Haddad, Class of 2017 (Senior CPL Lead Emerita)

    Lana Haddad, Class of 2017 (Senior CPL Lead Emerita)

    Hometown: San Bernardino, CA
    High School: San Gorgonio High School 
    Muir College: Physiology and Neuroscience, Psychology Minor
    Favorite Spot on Campus: UCSD Chanllenge Course trail
    On my bucket list: Tour the Mediterranean 
    Advice to new students: The future belongs to those who believe the beauty of their dreams.

  • Arturo Arroyo, Class of 2017

    Arturo Arroyo, Class of 2017

    Hometown: San Ysidro, CA
    Transferred from: Southwestern College
    Marshall College: Political Science & International Relations
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Biomedical Library
    On my bucket list: Travel to as many countries as possible
    Advice to new students: Do not be afraid to fail because with failure comes learning.  Also, be passionate about life; it's a blessing to be alive.
  • Jahaziel Aguilera, Class of 2017

    Jahaziel Aguilera, Class of 2017

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    High School: Hoover High School
    Sixth College: Computer Science
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Visiting the "Fallen Star" in Warren.
    On my bucket list: Create a full video game.
    Advice to new students: Don't be discouraged if you fail. Everyone fails, but that's just how we learn.

  • Nitzana Alzade, Class of 2018

    Nitzana Alzade, Class of 2018

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    High School: The Preuss School
    Eleanor Roosevelt College, Ethnic Studies and Political Science
    Favorite spot on Campus: Steps outside of Cafe Ventanas
    On my bucket list: Travel to Thailand, Greece, and Spain
    Advice to new students: UCSD may seem intimidating at first due to the large student population and fast pace of the quarter system, but I urge everyone to get out of their comfort zone to join a club or extracurricular activities. Once you find a space or group of friends that you feel comfortable with, your undergraduate experience here at UCSD will be incomparable.
  • Laura Castro, Class of 2018

    Laura Castro, Class of 2018

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    High School: The Preuss School UCSD
    Eleanor Roosevelt College: Political Science- Public Law
    Favorite Spot on Campus: SPACES and I-House
    On my bucket list: I would like to travel to a different country on another continent. 
    Advice to new students: It's okay if you change your major! You will figure it out eventually!

  • Julia Duggs, Class of 2019

    Julia Duggs, Class of 2019

    Hometown: Hollister, CA
    High School: San Benito High School
    Muir College: History, Education Studies minor
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Geisel 8th Floor and the Old Student Center
    On my bucket list: Visit Lincoln Memorial in D.C.
    Advice to new students: Take your time this year to consider your true passions, challenge yourself to get involved on campus, and don't forget to have some fun along the way!
  • Clint Evangelista, Class of 2017

    Clint Evangelista, Class of 2017

    Hometown: Fremont, CA
    High School: Moreau Catholic High School
    Sixth College: Visual Arts Media 
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Old Student Center
    On my bucket list: Own over a 100 pairs of funky socks
    Advice to new students: Put yourself outside of your comfort zone because that's when you really grow as a person

  • Tonisha Hawley, Class of 2017

    Tonisha Hawley, Class of 2017

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
    Transferred from: Santa Barbara City College
    Marshall College: Cognitive Science, ASL minor

  • Diego-Kyle Feliciano, Class of 2018

    Diego-Kyle Feliciano, Class of 2018

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    High School: Morse High School 
    Marshall College: Psychology, Ethnic & Education Studies minors 
    Favorite Spot on Campus: The Loft
    On my bucket list: When I'm old I want to run a cat cafe business that funds scholarships for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds! 
    Advice to new students: Being here is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. Invest time in being a student, your career, your mental-being, and your own identity. Especially your own identity--never forget your identity

  • Laura Estela Gonzalez, Class of 2017

    Laura Estela Gonzalez, Class of 2017

    Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
    High School: Southwestern College
    Revelle College: Psychology B.S. with a Specialization of Clinical Psychology 
    Favorite Spot on Campus: The 8th floor of Geisel Library around six in the afternoon. 
    On my bucket list: I wish to travel to underdeveloped countries and provide health services. 
    Advice to new students: Passion is the difference between having a job or having a career. So don’t be afraid to dream and pursue it. 

  • Preston Hale, Class of 2017

    Preston Hale, Class of 2017

    Hometown: Riverside, CA
    Transferred from: Riverside City College
    Warren College: Biochemistry & Cell Biology, History minor
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Spanos Training Center
    On my bucket list: To speak in front of 1000 or more people.
    Advice to new students: You will meet challenges here, some fair and some not. Face them as a professional would in the real world. Find a way to prevail.

  • Jacqueline Le, Class of 2017

    Jacqueline Le, Class of 2017

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    High School: The Preuss School UCSD
    Revelle College: Public Health
    Favorite Spot on Campus: International House
    On my bucket list: To visit Ireland!
    Advice to new students: Make a vision board that reminds you everyday who you are, where you come from, and what your are dreams are.

  • Daphne Lu, Class of 2017

    Daphne Lu, Class of 2017

    Hometown: El Monte, CA
    High School: Mountain View High School
    Muir College: Congitive Science with a Specialization in Neuroscience, minor in Education Studies
    Favorite Spot on Campus: The grassy area by the Cog Sci building <3
    On my bucket list:I want to become a teacher at Gompers Preparatory Academy!
    Advice to new students: Don't feel afraid to reach out to your CPL for help! It may be nerve-racking, especially if you're embarrassed about your grades, but we are here to help, not to judge! Be honest with us and help us help you!

  • Eunice Kim, Class of 2017

    Eunice Kim, Class of 2017

    Hometown: Seoul, Republic of South Korea
    Marshall College: General Biology
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Undocumented Student Support Center
    On my bucket list: Adopt a child
    Advice to new students: Let go of the past and embrace yourself for a new chapter in your life!
  • Nirvana Navarro, Class of 2017

    Nirvana Navarro, Class of 2017

    Hometown: El Centro, CA
    Transferred from: Imperial Valley College
    Warren College: International Studies--International Business, Accounting minor
    Favorite Spot on Campus: The seating area on the 2nd floor of Rady
    On my bucket list: Visit Europe some day
    Advice to new students: Follow your passions, everything else will fall in place
  • Valerie Stark, Class of 2018

    Valerie Stark, Class of 2018

    Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA
    Transferred from: Fountain Valley High School
    Marshall College: Human Biology, Music minor
    Favorite Spot on Campus: a place with friends
    On my bucket list: Run a marathon
    Advice to new students: Keep a planner or to-do list to balance your time wisely and get involved in student groups to find your niche!
  • Tiffany Wu, Class of 2017

    Tiffany Wu, Class of 2017

    Hometown: Irvine, CA
    Transferred from: University High School
    Muir College: Physiology & Neuroscience, Global Health minor
    Favorite Spot on Campus: PC Theater
    On my bucket list: Learn to read, write, and speak fluent Khmer
    Advice to new students: Invest in friendships