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Meet the Professional Staff

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. Lead for MCCDC Scholar Internship program. LGBT first contact.
at CSM: Since January 2016
Education: B.A., Chicana/o Studies & Sociology, UC Davis, M.A. Ethnic Studies, SFSU
Other Interests: Astrology, binge-watching shows, & hanging out with her dog, Shy.

Meet the MCCDC Scholar Interns (20-21)!

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.MCCDC Scholar Interns are here to support you! All of them are ready to answer your questions about the center, resources, & how to navigate technology in this remote environment! Learn more about them below and join them during their digital drop-in times!

Academic Empowerment Interns


"I am a Scorpio and I am a thinker." -Unknown

Hi everyone! My name is Joanna Rivera (she/her/hers) and am a second-year student at CSM. I am currently a Psychology major and an Academic Empowerment Intern at the MCCDC. I would like to say that I am a quiet but funny type of gal that almost always likes to create a fun environment.  I was born in Oakland, CA, and have live in the East Bay my whole life. When I am not running around crazy with my family, I usually tend to stick to a corner and read books where I can make a getaway in my mind. I absolutely love listening to music and hope you will join me and talk about everyday life too!

Digital Drop in Hours: M 1-4pm; T 11am-1pm; W 3-5pm; Th 9-11am

During digital drop-in I can help you with… Canvas, Financial aid, referral to other centers at CSM and more! I am bilingual in Spanish!  

Community Interns


What is up people!? My name is Alexandra (She/Her/Hers) but I've been told my name is too long so people call me Alex. I'm a returning student to CSM now in my final year and anxiously awaiting my transfer. I was born and raised in the Bay Area to immigrant parents hailing from Jalisco and Sinaloa. I'm currently majoring in English with a plan to become a professor later on in life. When I'm not hard at work in the books, you can catch me crafting some crazy DIY project or tediously painting intricate designs on sculptures. I love to read, specifically British Literature, Sci-Fi or Fantasy. When I'm not splattering paint or reading, you can catch me playing with my doggie Oliver (fun fact: He is named after Oliver and Company and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens) I also love all types of music, but my all time favs are Madeon, Porter Robinson, and JuiceWrld. I also love going to Disneyland and I hope next year at some point I will be able to have a corndog in my hand! My immigrant parents have created a powerful foundation in my path in life that has impacted my way of thinking in many ways, immigration is a topic that is close to my heart! My objective is to help communities that have long been historically marginalized.

Digital Drop in Hours: T 1-4pm; Th 11am-2pm

During digital drop-in I can help you with… Financial Aid and Appeals, English and Writing tutoring, Websmart, Canvas, Transferring, Answer questions in Spanish, FAFSA, Mental health services, Knowledge on taking classes outside the district on other CCC Campuses, referring you to adequate counselors and professors.


"If you get tired , learn to rest, not to quit."  

Hi friends! I'm Andrea.  I was born in Guatemala and moved to California in 2017. I graduated from San Mateo high school and I am currently a sophomore at College of San Mateo (CSM).  I'm a Hispanic first-generation student majoring in Biology and Chemistry with the dream of becoming a neurosurgeon and a medical researcher, hoping to transfer to my dream school at Stanford University. I describe myself as a happy and positive person. I am always smiling no matter the circumstances because I believe a smile does make a difference. I like to motivate and support others to succeed and that's why I'm often looking for ways where I can contribute to my community. Social justice, Activism, and Community Empowerment are my biggest interests to support my community and be the change our community & world need. I'm very organized and like having my life together so I can be productive and don't forget anything. I'm a vegetarian and love coffee-shops and coffee!, they just make me feel like I'm in a different world, like in a movie. Mental health is very important for me so that's why I dedicate time to myself to apply the self-care I need to stay healthy and motivated, that is why working out, meditating, and singing alone in my room are my favorite plans when I'm not drowning in school work. Remember to take care of yourself and love yourself. Embrace your journey to success.  

Digital Drop-In Hours: MW 8-10am; T 9-11am

During digital drop-in I can help you with… SparkPoint, Basic Needs, Websmart (adding/dropping classes) Someone to talk to, Canvas(Tutorial/tour). Help in finding resources throughout the CSM campus, CA Dream Act, Get involved with clubs on campus, Booking appts with counselors, Spanish Tutoring, Mental Health Services.


malo e lelei, i'm mae ~ (she/her) a proud first-generation Tongan student. a very shy, awkward pisces at first, i do eventually get very weird. some things that bring me joy are cooking, writing, working out, hanging out with my family and friends, and listening to music. as a stereotypical pisces, i enjoy seeking ways to give life and love back to the earth, to myself, & to those around me. i'm super excited to be a community scholar intern this year and want to do better to engage in community building. please come say hi, and tell me a bit about yourself, too :)

Digital Drop in: M 4-5pm; T 8am-9am & 4-6pm; Th 8-9am & 4-5pm

During digital drop-in I can help you with…  Financial Aid,, different learning communities on campus, things they can get involved in on campus, fluent in Tongan, English Tutor, Mental Health Services. Bilingual in Tongan.

Social Media & Publicity Intern


Hello, My Name is Mary (She/Her) I’m the Social Media & Publicity Intern. Here I'm responsible for the creation of flyers for all MCCDC events. Manage MCCDC social media accounts & MCCDC Newsletter. Coordinate efforts and attend different meetings across campus to publicize MCCDC services. My academic goal is to major in Biology; Hoping to transfer to SFSU. More in-depth I’m from Colombia, I have been living in the bay area since 2018. I have one brother and two step-siblings. I have a cat named Ally and a dog named Mia. In my spare time, you will find me searching for opportunities to help others. I’m a Bookworm and Musical geek. I also produce music and play soccer.

Digital Drop-In Hours: Mary: F 8am-2pm

During digital drop-in, I can help you with…  Tutoring (Sociology), International Students (Knowledge about that) Transfer, Anything Technology related, Canvas, Websmart, Bilingual in Spanish.