Meet the Dream Center Coordinator
Born in La Molina Peru, Katherine moved to the U.S. at the age of ten. Katherine began her academic journey at Orange Coast College. Then, she transferred to Cypress College where she found a community that empowered her to create the Dream Catcher's Club. After two years, Katherine transferred to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health. She found CSUF to be a home and learned about the field of Student Affairs. Her 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 her passion to work with underrepresented students.
Upon graduation, she was selected to serve as the Program Assistant for Career Services at The State University of New York at Albany. After completing her time there, she pursued a graduate degree in College Counseling & Student Development from Azusa Pacific University (APU). While at APU, Katherine 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, she was a Success Guide at Chaffey College where she had the opportunity to serve non-traditional students through academic advising and workshops.
Katherine has developed programs and workshops to support undocumented students in her various roles. Her research and areas of interest focus on the intersectionality of identities. Katherine is the first and only person in her family to receive a graduate degree, which continues to be her motivating force in empowering others. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys writing, kayaking, spending time with her loved ones and eating pizza.