Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in April 2019
Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising, Kansas State University, 2019
M.A. Social Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino, 2015
Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Certificate in Museum Studies, California State University, San Bernardino, 2015
Single Subject Teaching Credential, California State University, San Bernardino, 2010
B.A. History, California State University, San Bernardino, 2008
What is your approach to advising?
Navigating a university education can feel daunting. I see every advising interaction with a student as an opportunity to provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to make the most of this experience. I want to know who you are and what you are most passionate about so I can help guide you through this journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
How did you get here?
I have always been passionate about education. Initially I planned to teach high school history, but my experience in graduate school helped me to discover my passion for teaching and mentoring students in higher education. My research interests are in the history of mental healthcare. While deciding on a topic for my thesis, an opportunity presented itself to direct an undergraduate internship program for history students to assist me with designing and installing the exhibits for a museum on the grounds of Patton State Hospital, the largest forensic mental health facility in California, which was established in 1890. My thesis was an extension of that project. This endeavor earned me the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at CSU, San Bernardino in 2015. Since its opening in April 2015, the museum has provided education to the general public and helped raise awareness of the plight of the mentally ill and the stigmatization of those inflicted with mental illness. I believe that mental health advocacy is an important means of raising awareness on mental health issues and leading to improvements in legislation and service-delivery.
This experience working with undergraduate history students was what ultimately lead me to academic advising.
I was born and raised in Pinon Hills, California, a small town in the High Desert of San Bernardino county. Aside from a few years in northern Utah, I have always lived in that area. I have always loved the Bay Area and was thrilled with the opportunity to move here and to work at UC Berkeley. I am married and have two wonderful daughters. I try to always have a sense of humor and not take life too seriously. I love arts and crafts, movies of the horror genre, reading and experiencing new things and new places.
What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Take the time and put in the work to discover the right area of study for you. Study what you love and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to you. Make the most of this experience by getting involved in experiential learning opportunities such as research, internships and study abroad. Be open to trying new things.