Student Staff

Justin Carnero
Justin Carnero

Justin Carnero is the Social Media and Marketing Specialist for the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence (El Centro Académico Cultural). Here, Justin provides updates to the Center’s social media pages, designs flyers for events hosted by the Center, and mentors students to ensure continued success and introduce them to resources available on campus. Before relocating to Humboldt County, Justin grew up in Pittsburg, CA located in the East Bay and is the youngest of 3 children. Justin’s academic history began at Diablo Valley College where he graduated in Spring 2014 with an AS in Business Administration; Accounting and transferred to Humboldt State University the following Fall semester. After earning his BS in Business Administration; Accounting, Justin went on to enroll in HSU’s MBA program where he expects to graduate in May 2019.

Emily Fajardo
Emily Fajardo

Hello my name is Emily Fajardo and I grew up in Redwood City, California. I am a first generation college senior majoring in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in French. This is my first semester working at El Centro Académico Cultural (aka The Latinx Center for Academic Excellence) as event planner and mentor for first year students at HSU. When i’m not at work or in class, you can find me spending time at the beach or watching movies with my friends or doing volunteer work around the community with my sisters from Delta Phi Epsilon.

Maritza Galvan
Maritza Galvan

Maritza Galvan is a senior and CRGS major with an emphasis on Ethnic Studies. They work at the LCAE as the community building liaison for the College of Arts and Humanities. They came to HSU last year as transfer student from the Los Angeles area. On their free time they like to paint, write poetry, and work with the community through MECHA. They also enjoy taking walks in the forest, and occasionally binge watching Netflix.

Alexandra Gonzalez Hernandez
Alexandra Gonzalez Hernandez

Ale is from the Bay Area and our current center liaison here at the LCAE. Where she is available for the needs of our students and faculty at our centers. Ale enjoys getting to know new people and encouraging others to do better. Feel free to stop by the LCAE and say Hello.

Victoria Nazario
Victoria Nazario

Victoria Nazario ’19 is a first generation college student from the city of Rosemead, located in Los Angeles County. She is currently studying psychology and journalism, and works at the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence as the Leadership Education Specialist. Victoria also works at Humboldt State’s food pantry, OH SNAP! as a Peer Health Educator. On her free time, she enjoys drinking tea, reading about food politics, and lastly spending time with her family and dog. Victoria plans to continue her education after graduation, closer to her home in Los Angeles.

Melissa Pallares
Melissa Pallares

Melissa Pallares was raised in Riverside, California and she’s a first generation student earning a Bachelor's degree in Spring 2019. After graduating from La Sierra High School, she then attend Riverside City College and earned her degree in Associates of Arts. She transferred to Humboldt State University to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. She is certain that Humboldt State has been an effective community for her to learn how to live a sustainable life and adapt eco friendly skills for her future business. Melissa is a Community Building Liaison for the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence. She hopes to build bridges with faculties and students at El Centro and also develop an environment where knowledge from different cultures are shared. In her free time she enjoys running and crafting.

Maria Sanchez
Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez is from Compton, CA in Los Angeles. She is a third year student majoring in Social Work and minoring in American Sign Language. She is interested in the working with hospice care or homeless LGBT+ youth. She uses her volunteer opportunities to better understand what is at hand. Throughout her academic career, she has participated in varies volunteer opportunities such as the New Games program and is the current treasurer for the Women’s Lacrosse team on campus. Receiving a master’s degree is on her list and wants to be able to be that guide when it comes to topics that are shied away from. She is the Community Building Liaison for CNRS and is working to create a better space for POC. In her spare time, she enjoys falling in love with every dog she sees walking around

Mayra Sanchez
Mayra Sanchez

Mayra Sanchez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is currently majoring in Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (CRGS) with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies. She moved to Humboldt to get away from the heat and LA smog. Mayra is currently the Center Liason and is responsible for staying connected with all other academic centers. Her favorite thing to do is go to LA Dodgers games. 

Claudia “Caia” Morfin Santana
Claudia “Caia” Morfin Santana

Caia M. Santana is the Operations & Hospitality Specialist at the Latino Center of Academic Excellence (LCAE). She is an Art Studio Major with an emphasis in Photography from San Jose, California.

Caia is passionate about helping others, especially advocate the diversity of the Latinx people and awareness of the experiences of people of color (p.o.c.). She hopes to create some change for p.o.c. in the Humboldt State University campus with her work through the LCAE.