Multicultural Center at College of San Mateo - Meet the Staff
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Meet the Career Staff

SylviaSylvia Aguirre-Alberto
Multicultural and Dream Center, EOPS & CalWORKs Counselor
Responsibilities: Counsel students and instruct CRER 121: Planning for Student Success
Years at CSM: Over 20 years
Education: M.A., Counseling, CSU East Bay; B.S., Human Development, 
CSU East Bay; A.A., Social Science
Other Interests:
Spending time with her large extended family.
Paola Mora Paola Mora
Multicultural Center & Dream Center Retention Specialist
Responsibilities: Dream Center first contact. Provide personal & academic support. Refer students to on and off campus resources. 
at CSM: Since June 2018
Education: B.A., Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Other Interests: Going to concerts, binge watching series, & spending time with family.
Jackie Santizo Jackie Santizo
Multicultural & Dream Center Program Services Coordinator
Responsibilities: Coordinate MCCDC, programs and events. Outreach and community engagement. Coordinate MCCDC Scholar Internship program.
at CSM: Since January 2016
Education: B.A., Chicana/o Studies & Sociology, UC Davis
Other Interests: Astrology, binge watching shows, & hanging out with her dog, Shy.

Meet the MCCDC Scholar Interns (18-19)

The MCCDC Scholar Internship is intended to build peer-to-peer empowerment through culturally relevant and equity and justice-minded student support services. Our MCCDC Scholar interns coordinate their independent projects and will greet and support other students and community members as they enter the MCCDC. If you're interested in the MCCDC Scholar Internship Program please contact Jackie Santizo or (650) 574-6463.


Outreach & Publicity Intern
Responsibilities: As the lead for all MCCDC outreach, I inform the community about MCCDC events and services. With person-to-person contact at the heart of my work, I give presentations both on and off campus, create and distribute flyers, and promote awareness of the MCCDC’s offerings.
Academic Goal: Ethnic Studies Major; Hoping to transfer to UCLA
Fun Facts:
 As an aspiring African American Studies professor, I am always seeking new ways to expand my understanding of the world around me. Therefore, in my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, traveling near and far, and watching documentaries.
Ariel Cortes Ariel 
Foster Youth Community Intern
Help support students transitioning out the foster care system. Outreach, coordinate events and provide warm hand-offs to on and off campus resources.
Academic Goal: 
Psychology Major
Fun Facts: I am a Latina former foster youth. I currently live in San Mateo but planning to transfer out of the area. During my free time, I enjoy painting and writing lyrics. 
Damaris Lopez Damaris
Dream Support Services Intern
Provide one-on-one support to the AB540/Undocumented community, as well as support programming and events in the MCCDC.
Academic Goal: 
Political Science Major; Hoping to transfer to UC Davis
Fun Facts: 
I am an undocumented latina born in Guatemala, and immigrated in 2006. I am one of five children raised by a single mother. I enjoy doing makeup, going to the gym, volunteering to help others, love to watching documentaries, etc.  
Diana Alvarado Cuevas Diana
Title: LGBT+ Community Coordinator 
Responsibilities: I facilitate weekly program meetings called QT Chats (Queer Trans Chats). These meetings offer a space for LGBTQ+ folx to build community and have open conversations about surrounding LGBTQ+ current events. I also have been involved in outside community fundraising such as for the LGBTQ+ Migrant Caravan.
Academic Goal: Sociology Major; Hoping to transfer to UC Merced
Fun Facts:  I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I identify as Latinx, Queer, and non-binary. On my free time, I like to stress bake, enjoy hiking, and painting without intention. I am committed and passionate about Queer Trans People of Color issues. I have been a visible advocate for about two years and hope to pursue community advocacy through higher education. 
Daniel Casillas Ocampo Daniel
Special Projects Intern
Resposibilties: I will be working on events to bring awareness to social justice issues, community building, and creating autonomy amongst ourselves. I am also developing a radical library at the MCCDC which will include books, literature, and art about feminism, anti-colonial theory, anti-authoritarian, and prison abolition to name a few.
Educational Goals: Majoring in Ethnic Studies; Hoping to transfer to San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies
Fun Facts: I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I am a formerly incarcerated student and activist. I enjoy the cold weather, rain, reading and sleeping.

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Title: Operations & Support Services Intern
Responsibilities:  I run the daily administrative tasks of the MCCDC. I help students one on one with academic systems including Canvas, e-mail, financial aid & refer them to resources.
Academic Goal: Nursing Major; Hoping to Transfer to Cal Sate East Bay
Fun Facts: I am from the Easy Bay, California and my goal in life is to be able to provide the best care for others as a registered nurse. In my free time, I volunteer for the American Cancer Society to help fundraise money for cancer patients.