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.

2018-19 Student Advisory Board


Dylan Mazelis - Student Advisory Board Coordinator 

Photo of Dylan MazelisWelcome to PELSA! My name is Dylan Mazelis and I am the SAB Coordinator. I am a first-generation college student originally from a small town in New Jersey. I graduated from the College of Charleston where I studied Psychology and Philosophy. In undergrad, I was involved in orientation, the Honors College, the campus activities board, peer mentoring, Greek Life, the leadership center, and I was a tour guide. I then worked there for two years after I graduated as the Program Coordinator for the College's Leadership Center, advising several student organizations such as Dance Marathon. In my first year in the program, my assistantship was with Residential Education as the Academic Initiatives Assistant at SDSU. I also had an internship at SDSU's Student Ability Success Center. For my second year, I have two assistantships: I will be working in SDSU's Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, as well as UCSD's Chancellor's Associates Scholarship Program.

As SAB, we are a recognized student organization and also your representation to the program/department/college, so we are here for YOU. As the Coordinator, I can be your point person for different matters relating to the program; for example, if you have any ideas about something you would like to see us implement, or if you think there are any changes that should be made, etc. Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have any questions or concerns and I will be happy to help!


Stephanie Estrada - Program Events Coordinator

My name is Stephanie Estrada and I am the Program Events Coordinator for the Student Advisory Board. I transferred from Mesa Community College and earned my B.A. in Urban Studies from San Diego State University (SDSU). Currently, I serve as the graduate assistant for Dr. Vasquez and assist in research that focuses on Latino male transfer students. Additionally, I am the graduate assistant for the Undocumented Student Services Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I also serve as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College and also do work with the Community College Equity Assessment Lab. As a first-generation, community college transfer student my own experiences navigating through higher education heavily influenced my desire to become a student affairs professional.
As a second year I look forward to my continued development within my assistantships and the classroom. I'm excited to serve on SAB and work collaboratively to create meaningful experiences for my peers.


Myra Cheah - Outreach Coordinator

Hello, I'm Myra Cheah - the Outreach Coordinator! I earned my bachelor's degree in Asian American Studies with a minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I was heavily involved in co-curricular activities from a co-ed business fraternity, cultural organizations, Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance, Housing and Residential Life, and mentoring programs during my time there.
My current graduate assistantship this past year was at the California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) with the ASI Community Centers. In addition, I was honored with the privilege of interning with Dr. Lisa Gates and the Leadership Minor for ARP 405: Enacting Leadership, the Leadership Capstone class, here at San Diego State University. This summer, I will be interning at California State University, Sacramento with their Housing & Residential Life as an ACHUO-I Graduate Intern. For the academic year of 2018 - 2019, due to organizational restructuring, I plan to return as the GA for the Gender Equity Center at CSUSM.
As Outreach Coordinator, some of my duties include expanding our PELSA network, LinkedIn group, and keeping alumni of the program informed and involved.

Some of the functional areas I am interested in are: Housing & Residential Life, Student Life & Leadership, and Identity Based Centers.

Beatriz Barron - Social Justice Coordinator

Photo of Beatriz BarronHello, my name is Beatriz Barron and I am the Social Justice Coordinator for the Student Advisory Board. I am originally from Riverside, CA but now enjoying sunny San Diego. I attained my Bachelors degree from UC Berkeley where I majored in Social Welfare and minored in Education. I gained my passion for student affairs during my undergrad where I was involved in EOP, Summer Bridge, and the Chicanx/Latinx Student Development Center. My work has been centered around access and retention for students of color. I am currently a Graduate Assistant for the Raza Resource Centro at UCSD and for the Student Affairs Office at Mesa College. I am excited to serve as the Social Justice Coordinator and help facilitate critical dialogues amongst both cohorts. When I'm not working or going to school, I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and binge watching shows on Netflix.


Citklali Ibarra - Mentoring Program Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Citklali Ibarra and I serve the Student Advisory Board as the Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator! I am from Merced, CA and was lucky enough to attend University of California, Merced where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

My assistantship is as a Front Desk and Security Manager and I’ve loved my experience being able to create learning environments for student-leaders and create community within the residence halls. Other functional areas I am passionate in are: Orientation & Family Programs, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and anything involving first-year student transitions. I hope to use my position in SAB as a way to create mutually beneficial relationships for both mentors and mentees while developing opportunities for both cohorts to connect, support, and learn from each other.


Nydia Lopez- Assistant Program Coordinator

My name is Nydia Lopez and I am the Assistant Program Coordinator. I did my undergrad here at SDSU and double majored in Criminal Justice and Arabic and Islamic Studies with a Minor in Spanish. This last year I did my Graduate Assistantship at the Study Abroad office at UCSD and also worked at the Financial Aid office at SDSU. I also interned with Dr. Gates for the Spring semester and have been working with her since. You’ll be hearing from me often via email with professional opportunities, updates, etc., but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to meet up in person to chat about the program or Grad life in general.