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DREAMer Resource Office (DRO) Team 

Fina Espino

Fina Espino

DREAMer Resource Office Coordinator
(760) 750-4863
 

Hello! My name is Fina and I joined the DRO in 2019. Prior to my role here I have worked with the U.S Immigration Policy Center at UCSD and with the UndocuResearch Project and am also a CSUSM alumni. As the Coordinator for the DREAMer Resource Office I will be your advocate and am here to ensure that all students have the opportunity and support to successfully meet their academic goals.

Valentina Martinez Rodriguez

Valentina Martinez-Rodriguez

DREAMer Resource Office Program Specialist
 

Hello! My name is Valentina and I am thrilled to be a part of the DRO family. Through my role, my goal is to empower students with the necessary tools and resources that they need to ensure personal and academic success while at CSUSM and beyond. More than anything, I am excited to be able to serve,advocate and uplift our community and I am looking forward to  connecting with you all this year!

2021-2022 DREAMer Ambassadors

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Albany Silva Sanchez

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador  

Hello, my name is Albany and I am excited to be a part of the DRO family as an ambassador. I transferred from Santa Ana Community College this Fall 2021 semester. I look forward to supporting our student community with the tools and resources offered to be successful. Hoping to build relationships and become a better advocate/ally to the undocumented community as well.

Ana Gomez

Ana Bella Gomez

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador

Hello everyone! My name is Ana Bella and my pronouns are she/her/hers/ella. I’m currently a fourth-year student double-majoring in Literature and Writing and General Spanish. I became interested in being part of the DRO because I want to be more aware and educated on the actions that we can take to support students who are DREAMers or mixed-status. Thank you for having me and I look forward to working with you all :)

Cecilia Silva Villalba

Cecilia Silva Villalba

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador  

Hello everybody! My name is Cecilia, I prefer Ceci my pronouns are she/her/hers/ella. I am a transfer student from MiraCosta College with a major in Sociology. I am a first-generation DACAmented student and I am here at the DREAMer Resource Center(DRO) to help other students like myself to know that there are resources available for us. We can and should be using the resources to help us be successful. I decided to join the DRO because I was part of UPRISE in MiraCosta and I saw firsthand the help they give to students and their families. I want to help other students and our community to navigate this new world college as many of us are first-generation and it can be very hard and lonely if you do not know anyone who might be in the same position as you and not knowing how to do certain things. If you ever need help stop by the DRO office! Or just to say hi we are here to help!

Kimberly Castro

Kimberly Castro 

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador  
 

Hello! My name is Kimberly and I am so excited to be part of the DRO family. I am a first generation graduate and received my BA in Communications from CSUSM. As a DRO Ambassador, my goal is to be a helping hand, an ally, and an advocate for the undocumented and mixed-status community; I am so grateful to be part of the DRO and help students and their families. In my free time I enjoy baking and creating fun treats as well as exploring around San Diego with my dog.

Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador

Being a first generation student made me realize how grateful and successful I’ve become. I’ve failed many times, but I still managed to overcome obstacles that prevent me going forward. As an alumni, now I can say that I did it. 

 

Paula Serrano

Paula Serrano

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador  

Hello, my name is Paula Serrano Tovar. My gender pronouns are She/Her/Hers/Ella. I am currently a fourth-year student double majoring in Economics and Global Studies with a minor in Spanish. My goals are to learn how to be a better ally and create a safe, inclusive, and positive space for our undocumented and mixed-status community with the necessary tools, resources, and support to students and their loved ones to help them in their academic journey. I am excited and grateful to be part of the Dreamer Resource Office, to help, and advocate for the undocumented and mixed-status community!

Ruby Reyes

Ruby Amy Reyes

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador  

Hello! My name is Ruby my pronouns are she/her/hers/ella. I am a fourth-year student majoring in Human Development with an emphasis in Counseling Services and a minor in Spanish. I am passionate about serving the undocumented and mixed-status community! I am the DRO Media and Data Lead, I enjoy informing students on the resources available at the DREAMer Resource Office (DRO) and participate in organizing our events. I decided to join the DRO to educate myself and learn how to become a better ally to the community. After obtaining my Bachelor's Degree, I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology to prepare me for my future career. I would like to become equipped to help underrepresented college students with their mental health.

Saray Benavides 

Saray Benavides

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador  

Hello, my name is Saray Benavides and my gender pronouns are she, her, and hers. I’m a transfer student from Imperial Valley College and a current student at Cal State San Marcos. I am the first generation from my family to graduate from college and hopefully, I will be graduating by the Fall semester of 2021. I am excited to be part of the Dreamers Resource Office (DRO) and my vision for working with the DRO is to assist and support students’ to promote their academic success. By working at the DRO I will enhance the tools that I’ve acquired over my academic learning and devote them to the advocacy of my community and those in need. In my free time, I like to create art such as painting with acrylics and create macrame accessories. I am hopeful that we can learn from each other and develop greater skills for personal and professional growth.

Yanely Romero

Yanely Romero 

DREAMer Resource Office Ambassador  

Hello! My name is Yanely Romero and I am a DRO ambassador. I am currently a fourth year Human Development Student with a concentration in Health Services and a minor in Spanish. As a Dreamer, I’ve faced many obstacles, but the DRO has been there to support me which is what I want to do for others. Being part of the DRO will allow me to be the voice for undocumented and mixed- status students. My goal is to be their support system while providing them a safe and inclusive environment. During my time here I hope to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to assist the community and make a difference.