Staff

Joanna M. Hernandez, TRIO Project Director

Joanna completed her Masters in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the University of Michigan and her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Latin American and Iberian Studies. Joanna comes to UC Irvine with several years of service to the UC system. Prior to her appointment current appointment, Joanna worked as an Educational Opportunity Program counselor at UC Santa Barbara assisting first generation, low-income students in maximizing their educational experience. Joanna’s graduate research focused on the first generation student experience, intersectionality and identity development. She is passionate about empowering historically underrepresented students in developing self-efficacy skills and achieving lifetime success. If you have any questions about the TRIO Scholars Program at UC Irvine or are interested in participating please contact Joanna Hernandez.

To Book an Appointment: http://joannahernandez.youcanbook.me

Office: 2200 Student Services II

E-mail: joanna.hernandez@uci.edu

 

Evani Chavez, TRIO Scholars Advisor

Evani completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies. She is currently completing her Master of Science in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education at California State University, Long Beach. Evani is passionate about working with students and has dedicated her education and career to placing education and community first. She is excited to be working at her alma matter and hopes to use her experience to make a positive impact on campus.

If you have questions about the TRIO Scholars program, please contact Evani Chavez.

To Book an Appointment: https://trioadvisoruci.youcanbook.me/

Office: 2200 Student Services II

E-mail: molinae@uci.edu

 

Iliana Zepeda, TRIO Tutor Coordinator

Iliana graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies, Education Sciences and a minor in Anthropology. Through her college career, Iliana took advantage of various opportunities such as UC Education Abroad Program, the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, and other research opportunities. She was also involved in organizations on-campus and off-campus. During her undergraduate career, she became an NASPA Undergraduate Fellow and gained a better understanding and appreciation of higher education and student affairs. It was through her experience in this program that her career goals were cemented. Iliana is passionate about mentoring and advocating for students. Iliana is not new to the TRiO family. During high school, she was part of Cal State Fullerton’s Upward Bound Program and attributes her success to this program and others of its kind. It is through this program that she was able to find role models and mentors that helped her pursue her education and ultimately join the UCI family after graduating. She is excited to become a support system and play a positive role in students’ development here at UCI.

 

Office: 2200 Student Services II

E-mail: zepedai@exchange.uci.edu

 

Rocio Zamudio, TRIO Personal Guide

Rocio transferred from Santa Ana College to California State University, Fullerton (Titan Pride!) where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. Additionally, she earned her M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach (Go Beach!), where she completed her thesis on Latinas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) who have persisted through community college and 4-year universities. Her research and experience working with transfer students at Santa Ana College has ignited her passion for working with first-generation, low-income, and non-traditionally aged students who have overcome a variety of obstacles to reach their academic goals. Her commitment to student success has inspired her to pursue a doctorate in the near future in order to change the institutional barriers faced by these students.

To Book an Appointment: http://uci.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b53d0bc33498728d8648ce867&id=acbbdd7721&e=e59bf06cf4

Office: 2200 Student Services II

E-mail: rmzamudi@uci.edu