Dream Center



 

Contact Us

Location: Building 52, Room E11
Office Number: (805)756-6362
Email: dreamcenter@calpoly.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-7:30pm
 

Staff

 Vania Agama Ramirez, Dream Center Coordinator

 vagamara@calpoly.edu

 

 

Vania agama Ramirez (she/her/hers)

Coordinator

 

Vania is dedicated to increasing access, resources, and retention for undocumented/DACAmented students at Cal Poly. She believes in the importance of engaging in an equity driven, culturally affirming, and inclusive practice to uplift students, disrupt oppressive systems, and create healing spaces. Her personal mission is to aid historically underrepresented students in their goals and ensure their longterm holistic success. 

 

She recieved her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). 

 

Students Leaders

Image of Maria Duran-Macario, Student Lead

 mduran18@calpoly.edu

 

 

Maria duran-macario (she/her/hers)

student lead

 

Maria is a third year Structural Civil Engineering transfer student at Cal Poly. In the next year, she will be completing her senior design track and taking technical electives within structural thrust areas. Apart, from her courses, she is passionate about giving back to her community by volunteering her time through clubs. She has been an advocate for engineering and STEAM to K-12 students. This year as a Student Lead for the Dream Center, she hopes to increase the services offered to undocumented students, mixed-status students and allies. 

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 sgutie42@calpoly.edu

 

 

Sandra Gutierrez Carmona (she/her/hers)

student lead

 

Sandra is a second year Business Administration student. At Cal Poly, she has immersed herself in various organizations such as the Multicultural Business Program and the Educational Opportunities Program. She grew up knowing and loving community––developing a passion for giving back to her peers and others. As a Student Lead for the Dream Center, her goal is to bring attention to the center's programming and resources to further develop it.

 suribeza@calpoly.edu

 

 

Sergio Uribe-Zarate (he/him/his)

student Intern

 

Sergio is a forth year Psychology transfer student at Cal Poly. He is a proud first-generation student and is passionate ally for all underrepresented students. He was greatly influenced by programs like AVID, and he desires to give back to his community. As a Student Intern for the Dream Center, his goal is to help support and empower undocumented and mixed-status students within our school and community.

 

Other Campus Advocates

acruzavi@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

Alicia Cruz (SHE/HER/HERS)

Academic Advisor at the Mustang Success Center

 

Alicia is a bilingual academic advisor and has experience serving first-generation, low-income, underrepresented students, student-athletes, and students facing academic challenges. She is empathetic and dedicated to supporting students in achieving personal and academic success through holistic academic advising. She received both a B.A. in Sociology and a M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

acabezas@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

Ana Cabezas (SHE/HER/HERS)

Diversity and Multicultural inclusion coordinator counseling services

 

Ana Cabezas is a mental health provider from Counseling Services where she serves in role of Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion Coordinator. She is passionate about working with Dream Center students by providing a space for students to gain mental health support as they navigate personal challenges. 

dmenende@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

Diana Menendez (SHE/HER/HERS)

Counseling Services

 

Diana Menendez is a psychologist at Counseling Services. She also holds a position as a Liaison with Cal Poly Scholars. She is a committed advocate to support the mental health needs of Dream Center students, and their personal and academic success. 

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mcmonter@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

BEYA MAKEKAU (SHE/HER/HERS)

INTERIM DIRECTOR OF Student Diversity & Belonging

 

Beya is here to ensure that Cal Poly continues to have events and programs that serve diversity, equity, and inclusion. Beya works to support, advocate, and develop students in any way that she can.  She is a resource for students and her work is a celebration of the culture they bring to Cal Poly.

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Adrienne Garcia- Specht (SHE/HER/HERS)

Financial Aid Counselor

 

Adrienne is a fierce advocate of underrepresented students at Cal Poly through her role in financial aid. She is also an active member of the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, the undocually working group, and is committed to supporting Dream Center students in any way she can.

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Catherine Trujillo (SHE/HER/HERS)

Curator of Creative Works

 

Catherine is a champion advocate of our undocumented community and is an active member of the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success and the undocually working group . She is an incredible support and is committed to ensuring our Dream Center and the community it serves are seen, supported, and heard. 

 

 

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jlehr@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

Jane Lehr (SHE/HER/HERS)

Director of the Office of Student Research

 

Jane is an incredible advocate of our undocumented community and is a member of the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success and the undocually working group. She is committed to mobilizing key groups to ensure the undocumented community is supported at Cal Poly.

 

 

Image of Alejandra Cebreros, Multicultural CLA Academic Advisoralcebrer@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

Alejandra Cebreros (SHE/HER/HERS)

Multicultural CLA Academic Advisor

 

Alejandra is an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts. She is committed to supporting students as they navigate their academic journey. She is a caring ally and is here to support you.

 

 

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Maria Zavala (SHE/HER/HERS)

Multicultural Engineering Academic Advisor

 

Maria is an Academic Advisor for College of Engineering students. She has 10+ years of experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. She enjoys working with transfer students and is passionate about study abroad education. Maria is very friendly, compassionate, and happy to listen to you and work with you to make sure you are meeting your degree requirements. 

 

 

Image of Heather Domonoske, Transfer Center Coordinatorhdomonos@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

HEATHER DOMONOSKE (she/her/hers)

transfer Center coordinator

 

Heather is a passionate advocate who seeks to support  the great work and community within the Dream Center. She is here to support transfer students so that they can be as successful as possible in and outside of the classroom. 

 

 

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