Meet the Mentors

The mission of the SEMILLA Scholars Peer Mentor Program is to promote student success through intentional peer-to-peer mentoring of EOP and/or first-generation/low-income Latinx STEM students. The program will also give mentors the opportunity to support and coach first-year scholars towards their personal and academic goals.

    Current Mentors 2021-2022

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    Jonathan Green

    My name is Jonathan Green (he/him/his), I’m from Santa Monica, CA. I’m going into my 2nd year at UCSC as a proposed MCD Bio major. My hobbies include cycling/racing, photography, outdoor adventuring, and watching films. Ask me anything and I’ll try my best to help!

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    Adriana Orellana Rivera

    Hello, my name is Adriana Orellana Rivera (she/her/hers). I am going into my third year at UCSC as a Neuroscience and Psychology double major and I am affiliated with Oakes College! I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. My hobbies include listening to music, sleeping, spending time outdoors, and trying out new foods. 
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    Alfredo Rojas Moreno

    Hello! My name is Alfredo Rojas (he/him/his/they), I was born and raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, but I currently live in Ceres, a small town in the Central Valley. I am a second year MCD Biology major interested in genetics. I love the outdoors, music, and exploring new places. 
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    Mary Ayanwale

    Hello! I'm Mary Ayanwale(she/her/hers), a second-year plant sciences and prospective agricultural-ecology double major. I am affiliated with Stevenson college and reside in Sacramento, CA. I love to bullet journal, watch movies and shows, listen to music, and spend time with friends in my free time.
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    Tamyiah Starnes

    Hey everyone! I am Tamyiah Starnes (they/them/theirs), a 2nd-year Porter college affiliate. I am a Human Biology proposed major.  Whenever anyone asks what my hometown is, I always say “all over” because I have moved around my whole life. I love to sing, dance, study, and listen to music. I am so excited to talk to you all!

  • Past Mentors 2020-2021

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    Eliza Gonzales

    Hi there! I’m Eliza (she/her/hers), and I’m from the Central Valley! I’m a second year Cognitive Science and Psychology double major affiliated with Kresge. When I’m not working or studying, I love making music with my piano, watching tons of Netflix, taking random road trips, and being in the outdoors!
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    Maggie Perales

    My name is Maggie Perales (she/her/hers), and I am a fourth year double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology affiliated with College 9. My hometown is Mission Viejo, California. Some of my hobbies are camping, hiking, and skateboarding.    

  • Past Mentors 2019-2020

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    Yvonne Gutierrez

    Hello! My name is Yvonne, and I’m a fourth-year student studying MCD Biology. I’m from San Diego and I enjoy swimming, going to the beach, reading, cooking, trying out new food and going on road trips.


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    Ikenna Kuba

    My name is Ikenna, I’m from San Jose. I'm going into my 2nd year, proposed Human Biology major. I enjoy playing video games, socializing, and meeting new people.

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    Cassandra Maal

    My name is Cassandra Maal, I’m a fourth-year MCD Biology major affiliated with College Ten. I’m from San Diego, I love visiting the beach, camping, traveling, and playing ping pong.

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    Joey Wong

    My name is Joey, I’m a fourth-year student, born and raised in San Francisco, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. When I’m not working in the lab, I enjoy fishing, hiking, doing yoga, reading and running