Katherine Zevallos Pastor (She/Her/Hers)
Dream Center Coordinator
Hello! I was born in La Molina Peru and moved to the U.S. at the age of ten. I began my academic journey at Orange Coast College. Then transferred to Cypress College where I found a community that empowered me to co-create the Dream Catcher's Club. After two years I transferred to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health. I found CSUF to be a home and learned about the field of Student Affairs. My involvement as a mentor for scholars, a Titan Delegate in outreach, a Resident Counselor for the EOP Summer Bridge Program and as a NASPA NUFP Fellow, ignited my passion to work with underrepresented students.
Upon graduation, I was selected to serve as the Program Assistant for Career Services at The State University of New York at Albany. After completing my time there, I pursued a graduate degree in College Counseling & Student Development from Azusa Pacific University (APU). While at APU, I served as the graduate assistant for Local Engagement at the Center for Student Action and for TRIO Student Support Services at the Undergraduate Academic Success Center. In addition, I was a Success Guide at Chaffey College where I had the opportunity to serve non-traditional students through academic advising and workshops. I have developed programs and workshops to support undocumented students in my various roles. My research and areas of interest focus on the intersectionality of identities. I am the first and only person in my family to receive a graduate degree, which continues to be my motivating force in empowering others. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, kayaking, spending time with my loved ones and eating pizza.
Selina Jaimes (She/Her/Hers)
Dream Center Student Lead
Hi! My name is Selina, and I am a first-generation Undocumented student. I came to the United States in 1998 when I was 2 years old. I graduated from Huntington Park High School in 2013 with high honors. After high school, I went straight to Cypress College to work on my general Ed. As a first-generation student it took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to major in so it took me 5 years to transfer. But during my time, I was part of the Puente Program, EOPS program, and STEM Program at my community college. I have conducted three summer research experiences at CSUF with Dr. Gina Passante in Physics Education in 2016, at UCSD with Dr. Nicholas Boechler in the Mechanical and Aerospace engineering department in 2018 and another at UCSD with Dr. Frances Contreras is educational studies in 2019. I have mentored other students and presented at board meetings, foundations, orientations, welcome day to 400 professors and administrators, workshop, and conferences. I share my story to inspire others and to show how Luchistas Latinos are!
I graduated from Cypress College with honors and 4 Associates in Pre-Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Liberal Arts in Math and Science in 2019. I was selected to be the 1st Presidential Scholar for the Science Engineering and Mathematics Department at commencement. After completing my Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly SLO, I will continue my educational journey by getting a Master's Degree in Education. I would like to be a STEM counselor for undocumented students in the long run because I know first hand how impactful it is to have a counselor that you can relate to. In my spare time, I like to go hiking, watch movies, beach, volleyball, and eating.