DREAM Center at College of San Mateo - Meet the Allies
DREAM Center
Meet the Allies

Interested in becoming an Ally? Please check our calendar for the next UndocuAlly training or contact Miguel Castillo at (650) 574-6150 to learn how you can get involved.

Sylvia Aguirre-Alberto

Sylvia Aguirre-Alberto

Title: Counselor, Multicultural Center/EOPS
Degrees: M.S., B.A. California State University, Hayward; A.A. College of San Mateo
Counseling/Teaching Experience: Since 1989
Career Highlights: I’ve had the honor of being a Multicultural Center counselor since 1989 and an EOPS counselor for the past several years and have been very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with such inspiring students and dedicated and caring staff.
Hobbies: I love spending time with my family, reading and taking walks.
Quote: “Those who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.”
– Archbishop Oscar Romero
Arianna Avendano

Arianna Avendano

Arianna Avendano earned her BA degree in Psychology from California State University East Bay and AA from CSM. She first began working with students when she served as a student ambassador for the Community Relations and Marketing Department. Arianna was the keynote speaker for the 92nd CSM Commencement in 2014. She takes great pride in being a San Mateo native and being able to give back to her community. She is bilingual, a certified sexual assault counselor, experienced meditator and health enthusiast. Arianna is aware of the multiple obstacles that arise for students and she hopes to provide both knowledge and support to students who need that extra guidance. On her spare time she loves spending time with her 3 nephews and 3 nieces.
Melina Boyd

Miguel Castillo

Title: Retention Specialist- Temp, MCCDC 
Responsibilities: Provide personal & academic support. Refer students to on and off campus resources.
Years at CSM: August 2017
Education: B.A. SFSU

Olivia Cortez Figueroa

Olivia Cortez-Figueroa

Title: Financial Aid Technician
Responsibilities: Processing & Awarding Financial Aid applications and documents and oversees the Federal Work Study/Project Change and Foster Youth
Years at CSM: Since 2012
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Other Interests: Enjoys hiking, crocheting, knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Autumn Newman

Autumn Newman

Title: Program Services Coordinator, Career Services and SSSP
Responsibilities: Helping students, staff, and faculty take full advantage of Career and Student Support Services at CSM
Years at CSM: Since 2011
Education: M.F.A., Poetry, University of Southern Maine; B.A., English, CSU Sacramento; Transfer, Cuesta Community College 
Other Interests: Racial and economic equity in the USA.

Krystal Romero

Krystal Romero

Title: Dean of Counseling, Advising and Matriculation
Responsibilities: Manages department's programs, services and instruction
Years at CSM: Since 1999
Education: M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University; B.S., Human Development, 
Cal Poly SLO
Other Interests: Traveling, planning and attending family gatherings, and encouraging self and others to be happy!

Jackie SantizoJackie Santizo

Title: MCCDC Program Services Coordinator
Responsibilities: Provide personal & academic support. Refer students to on and off campus resources. Coordinate programs & events.
Years at CSM: Since 2016
Education: B.A., Chicana/o Studies & Sociology, UC Davis
Other Interests: Dancing, binge watching shows, & hanging out with her dog, Shy.