Cohort Class Officers

Cohort Class Officers

The Student Advisory Board is here to help you.

Members of the Student Advisory Board represent the voice of our diverse program and support a wide range of student advocacy initiatives. SAB members also coordinate classroom workshops, social and networking events, and work with the Assistant Program Coordinator to facilitate Program Interview Days. Current and prospective students should feel free to contact any of the SAB members directly at any time.

2016 Student Advisory Board

Angel Rochax (Student Advisory Board Coordinator)

Angel RochaHello, my name is Angel Rocha and I am the Student Advisory Board Coordinator. I was raised in San Diego and got my Bachelors Degree from San Diego State University. I majored in Communications and Minored in Spanish as I commuted to campus from the Imperial Beach area. I gained a passion for student affairs during my position as the Outreach Coordinator for Palomar College's Educational Talent Search program. Working with college students to improve college acceptance rates in low income communities helped me realize my goals of assisting college students gain leadership skills for their future. As the SAB Coordinator I am excited to build strong relationships with my fellow grad students, as well as provide growth opportunities for all of us. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy bad puns. Example: What do you call an alligator in a vest? An in-vest-igator.

Brianda Gumbs (Social Justice Coordinator)

Brianda Gumbs Hello, my name is Brianda Gumbs and I am the Social Justice Coordinator for the Student Advisory Board. I attained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University (SDSU). As a first-generation, low-income student, the challenges I have experienced as I navigated the higher education system are what inspired me to pursue a career in Student Affairs. My experience in Student Affairs has mostly focused on creating access and retention for students with underrepresented identities. I am currently a Graduate Assistant for the Raza Resource Centro at UCSD.

I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Social Justice Coordinator. I hope to aid in facilitating a dialogue that brings awareness about the experiences and challenges our students and communities face. By participating in this dialogue, we can deconstruct our experiences and perspectives. This will allow us to grasp a better understanding of what influences our identities and help us create inclusive and accessible spaces for all students.

Nicolette Solarez (Mentoring Program Coordinator)

Nicolette Solarez Hello, my name is Nicolette Solarez and I am the Mentoring Program Coordinator! I was born and raised in Cathedral City, CA, but I always knew San Diego is where I wanted to be. In 2016, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University San Marcos. During my undergrad, my main involvements were with the Orientation Team, the University Student Union Activities Board, and the Early Outreach Program. It was through these involvements and the mentors I gained, that I found myself pursuing a career in Student Affairs. I am so honored and excited to serve on the Student Advisory Board because it allows me to give back to my cohort and help create meaningful relationships between mentors and mentees. When I’m not working or going to school, I enjoy watching Netflix, reading, and spending quality time with my loved ones!

Brianna Hogan (Program Events Coordinator)

Brianna Hogan Hello! My name is Brianna Hogan and I am thrilled to be the Program Events Coordinator for the 2016 Post-Secondary Educational Leadership/Student Affairs Cohort (aka, LIT: Leaders Initiating Transformation). I am an East Coast girl, enjoying the sunny San Diego weather and the constant love and support from students, faculty, and staff at SDSU. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and graduated from James Madison University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Elementary Education. At JMU I was involved in a variety of activities on campus, which influenced me to pursue Higher Education and assist undergraduate students in unlocking their potential as leaders. My first year at SDSU, I worked with Commuter Life programs and my second year I will be working with Leadership and Service. Outside of the PELSA program and my assistantship I am a Graduate Advisor for Aztec Dance Marathon and the Leadership Minor Peer Advisors. There are so many opportunities to get involved and I am excited to further collaborate with the rest of SAB, the faculty and staff, and the rest of my colleagues!

Paige Hernandez (Outreach Coordinator)

Paige Hernandez Hello, my name is Paige Hernandez and I am the Outreach Coordinator for the 2016 Student Advisory Board! As a first-generation college graduate, my passion is supporting low-income and traditionally underrepresented students in higher education.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology & Geography from Cal Poly SLO - where I gained outreach experience through positions with Athletics and Admissions. I also served on my sorority’s Executive Board, and continue to volunteer in an advisor role for the chapters at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of San Diego. After graduation, I volunteered for two years with AmeriCorps VISTA - the domestic version of the Peace Corps. During my first VISTA year, I worked at a middle school in Compton, California while my second year brought me here to SDSU!

My experience in the PELSA program has been overwhelmingly positive – from making new friends in my cohort, learning about the student affairs profession, and serving as the Graduate Assistant for the SDSU Guardian Scholars Program. As a second year, I am looking forward to starting my new assistantships and representing the diverse student identities within the PELSA program!

Alex Pacifico (Assistant Program Coordinator)

Alex PacificoMy name is Alex Pacifico. I am originally from the east coast, more specifically CT. I have a passion for counseling, art, and help students achieve outside of the classroom. I received my B.A. in Psychology at Keene State College and am a second year within the MA. Postsecondary Ed Program. My hope is to continue empowering students to find their voice and express themselves. Post M.A. I hope to work in housing and work towards receiving my PHD in art therapy.


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