Student Staff

Angelica Alvarez
Angelica Alvarez
Promotorx

Angelica Alvarez is a third year, first generation college student, and a Chicana from Anaheim. She is an Environmental Studies major with an emphasis in community organizing and minoring in Psychology. She is one of the Promotorx en El Centro. Angelica enjoys star gazing, hiking, visiting the beach, hanging out with loved ones, trying new food, and adventuring. She is on the pursuit to become a high school counselor.

Oscar Arciniega
Oscar Arciniega
Intern

Oscar is a graduate student intern at El Centro. He’s in the second year of the Masters in Social Work program. He has been a resident of Eureka for the past 20 years. He was raised in San Ysidro, CA after his family immigrated to this country when he was six years old. He’s a first generation college student who has set his sights on helping other first generation minority students as an Academic Counselor in a higher education campus. His down time is like Teena Marie says he “liv[es] for the hot wax and the printed page”. A perfect day for him is listening to Old Skool vinyl records and reading a good book.

Aliah Bueno-Strong
Aliah Bueno-Strong
Promotorx

Aliah Bueno-Strong is from Corona, California in Riverside County. She is currently majoring in Rangeland Resource Science and minoring in Forestry. She plans on getting a second bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a specialization in Equestrian Science then working with the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Her hobbies include painting, writing novels and studying herbal healing. Aliah is a Promotora and is responsible for connecting students to campus resources and mentoring students to reach their goals to the best of their ability.

Saraí Escalante
Saraí Escalante
Assistant Coordinator

Saraí Escalante is a bilingual (Spanish/English) graduate student at Humboldt State University in the Psychology Department, Academic Research division with an emphasis in Social Psychology. She is a first generation college student, coming from Tijuana, Mexico. She is an Assistant Coordinator at El Centro. Saraí completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Humboldt State majoring in Psychology. Passionate about social and environmental justice; enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, and going to the beach. Saraí plans to eventually getting her doctorate degree on Environmental Psychology to further investigate our relationship with nature and how we can improve our behaviors to protect the environment and lives in general.

Daniela Garcia
Daniela Garcia
Event Development Specialist

Daniela Garcia is a third year, first generation student pursuing her BA in Criminal and Justice Studies with a minor in Spanish. Her goals is to finish college in Spring’22 and continue her masters in Immigration to help people in her community. Daniela is the Event Coordinator at El Centro, she enjoys making fun events for the students. Also, in her free time she enjoys spending time with her sorority sisters, enjoys working out and she loves to cook and eat.

Ritz Garcia
Ritz Garcia
Center Liaison

Ritz Garcia is a first generation college student who comes from a small town in the Eastern Sierras named Bishop, CA. He is a CRGS major with an emphasis in Multicultural Queer Studies and minor in Business Marketing. Ritz is the Center Liaison at El Centro. On his free time he enjoys adventuring outdoors, photography, and learning. After graduation, Ritz plans on pursuing his business plans, go on a travel binge, and eventually open his own non-profit organization.

Celene Gonzalez
Celene Gonzalez
Assistant Coordinator

Celene Gonzalez, currently an Assistant Coordinator of El Centro, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 2017. At this time spends most of her time caring for her young daughter Kova and reading for her M.A. Counseling Psychology classes. Celene is committed to a life of multicultural, intersectional social justice/animal activist work. For fun they love nothing more than being near the coast and eating yummy vegetarian foods.

Pablo  Hernandez
Pablo Hernandez
Social Media

Hi everyone, my name is Pablo and I’m a fourth year at HSU majoring in CRGS with an ethnic studies emphasis. I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. I love watching fantasy tv shows & movies, hiking, swimming, spending time with family/friends, and eating food. My job is to keep everyone posted on what’s happening at El Centro through social media.

Emily Lopez
Emily Lopez
Promotorx

Emily Lopez is a junior and first generation student, she is a Criminology & Justice studies major with a minor in Early Childhood Development. Her position at El Centro is Promotorx, on her free time she likes to watch unsolved mystery videos and loves cats.

Johvana Ordonez
Johvana Ordonez
Promotorx

My name is Johvana Ordonez my pronouns are she/her/hers I’m from south central LA. I am a double major in religious studies and English. I love art, writing, reading and being creative! I'm a Halloween and tattoo lover/enthusiast. I hope we can all have an awesome year together.

Victor Parra
Victor Parra
Marketing Specialist

Victor Daniel Parra is a senior earning a Bachelor's of Science in Business Marketing as well as minoring in Theatre Arts. He is a first generation student originally from San Diego, CA. Currently, he holds a position at El Centro Academico Cultural as a Marketing Specialist and serves as an A.S. Board Member representing College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Acting is his main passion along with music and hanging out with family/friends. He hopes to one day be able to provide equitable and justice opportunities for POC in the acting industry due to major under-representation.

Maria Sanchez
Maria Sanchez
Operations & Hospitality Specialist

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
Leadership Education Specialist

Mayra Sanchez is a Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Spanish. She is a first-generation college student originally from Los Angeles and hopes to get her masters in Latin American Studies. She is currently the Leadership Education Specialist and is responsible for being a liaison between the coordinators and the rest of student staff while help building connections to other campus resources and community members. Her favorite thing to do is go to LA Dodgers games and watching movies with her friends.

Caia Santana
Caia Santana
Events Developer

Caia Santana is the Events Developer at El Centro. They are a first generation student that comes from San Jose in Silicon Valley, CA majoring in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography. They like to illustrate and read as well. They are drawn to ethnic studies and indigenous restoration, which brought them here to El Centro. Through their career, they like to support people, especially those in minority communities in California.

Christian Trujillo
Christian Trujillo
Promotorx

Christian Trujillo is a Promotorx within El Centro. They are an Environmental Science and Management major.Christian loves hiking, cooking, music, EATING, and getting to know people. This is a little bit of me, but what about you?:)