Upward Bound Staff
I was born in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii and grew up in San Francisco. I attended City College of San Francisco and received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. I have spent my entire adult life working for UB.
I have worked in Upward Bound programs for 43 years starting as a summer residential counselor at the University of San Francisco. I eventually became the Director there. From 1978-2009 I directed Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science at the University of California Berkeley. We served the same target high schools as the program at Mills. I returned to USF to do consultant work and in mid- November 2011 took the job as UB director at Mills.
I have travelled to a number of countries throughout the world including Africa, Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. I have lectured and presented in many universities, high schools and community centers throughout North America. My main interest is the organization of the poor.
I have worked in Upward Bound for over 30 years. Before joining the Mills UB family, I previously worked for the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science Programs at UC Berkeley. All that I’ve learned about the program has come as a result of the various capacities that I have worked including: activities coordinator, residential advisor, field counselor, associate director, and acting director. I am a graduate of UC Berkeley, earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare in 1981.
I was born and raised in Oakland, California. I attended Castlemont High School. I joined the Upward Bound Program because I wanted to prepare myself for a post secondary education and I felt that my school didn't have the proper resources to accomplish this task. After graduation and completion of Upward Bound, I attended UC Berkeley. I worked and volunteered with the UC Berkeley's program throughout my entire college career. In 2008, I graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry. Since then, I have worked with the UC Berkeley Upward Bound Program as a math and science tutor, tutor coordinator, and chemistry instructor. In 2012, I joined the Mills' Upward Bound family as the academic coordinator. I have also helped out as an occasional math and science tutor and chemistry instructor when necessary.
My willingness to help low income students comes from my own experience as a student and a staff member of the Upward Bound Program. I am firm believer in the statement that, "The one thing no one can take away from you is your education." Therefore, I feel that it is my duty to encourage students to take their education seriously.
I grew up in an agricultural community in the Central Valley. I was born in Fresno, California. Both of my parents immigrated to this country when they were teenagers and worked most of their youth doing manual labor, working in the fields, and fruit packing houses. My parents have always wanted opportunities for my sister and I to have and knew that it would be through our education and attending college.
Through my participation in the Reedley College Upward Bound Program, I began to receive the information I needed to attain a higher education. The staff and the program made a difference in my life. It led me to want to continue my participation with this valuable program that has continuously helped students such as myself, low-income first generation to reach their education dreams and aspirations. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Chican@ Studies. I have worked at UC Berkeley Upward Bound, Reedley College Upward Bound, and now Mills College Upward Bound as a tutor, instructor, residential advisor, and office manager. I will continue to serve students in my communities.
I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I attended Chula Vista High School. Throughout high school, I was determined to succeed because I wanted to show my family that getting a college education was possible. As a senior, I was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley. After four years of hard work, I received my degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Since I moved to the Bay Area, I have worked at various sites. I interned with the City of Oakland as a councilmember's aide. Then, I volunteered with the Raza Recruitment and Retention Center where we exposed students to higher education and assisted them in the application process. I was also a college advisor with the East Bay Consortium where I helped students with their college applications, financial aid, and career planning. When I graduated from college, I was given the opportunity to continue a career in the field of education as a program coordinator with the Mills College Upward Bound Program. My goal is to continue to help low-income and first-generation-to-college students get accepted and graduate from college.
I applied to the University of California, Berkeley without realizing how difficult it was to get in. I was accepted at UC Berkeley and majored in English. I received my BA with Highest Honors and was valedictorian of the English department in 1991. I went on to receive my Masters degree in English Literature at UC Berkeley in 1994. I began my PhD program and was nearly finished in 2000 when I was hired as an Assistant Professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. In 2005, I decided to return home, return to Upward Bound and finish my degree, but my degree plan was derailed by illness. However, helping my Upward Bound students get into the best colleges and universities in the nation has given me a very active and rewarding life.
I was born in El Salvador and my family and I came to the Bay Area when I was 2 years old. I grew up in East Oakland and went to school at Oakland Technical High. I joined Upward Bound during a very critical time when I could have easily ended up going down the wrong path. I am very grateful for the help and guidance I received. I feel strongly that without the program I would not have gone to the university that I attended and may have not received a degree at all.
Being able to come back and work for the program has been something that has been very fulfilling for me. It has allowed me to serve my community and attempt to repay part of the debt that I have. I also have some of the best experiences of my life working with the students in the program.
When I was an Upward Bound student, we would spend a weekend at UC Davis engaging in several “friendly” competitions between Northern California Upward Bound programs that included an academic decathlon, various sports, table games, and a dance. This event provided a unique opportunity to meet and socialize with Upward Bound students from our region. Unfortunately, the Upward Bound Games were eliminated in 1994.
I was born in El Salvador, we moved to the bay area when I was five years old. I have lived in east Oakland for over 30 years. I love calling Oakland my home because of the diversity in this city. I love supporting my bay area teams, traveling, and most of all spending time with my niece and nephews. I was introduced to Upward Bound my freshman year at Oakland Tech. UB made a huge difference in my life and my family’s. All my siblings followed in my footsteps and also participated in UB.
I was born in Jalostotitlán, Jalisco. At age three, my family and I immigrated to Oakland, California where I attended Laurel Elementary. Five years later, I moved to Richmond and was introduced to Upward Bound. I participated in the Upward Bound program while I attended Richmond High. I then served as a Residential Counselor in the summer of 2009 with Upward Bound at UC Berkeley. I was then invited to work as a Field Counselor in my last semester at UC Berkeley, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare.
My drive to serve low-income and educationally-disadvantaged students first arose when I worked as a College Advisor with the East Bay Consortium. I realized that, like me, many students need assistance in navigating the college admission and financial aid process. The Upward Bound program is the reason why my family is successful today. I have two older sisters, a younger brother, and a younger sister that, along with myself, graduated and benefited from the program. Upward Bound makes higher education accessible to low income, first generation students.
As an Academic Advisor with the Upward Bound program at Mills College, I provide academic, career, social, and personal guidance to high school students pursuing post- secondary education.
I was born in Vietnam and was only 3 months old when my family and I came to the United States in 1990. I grew up in Oakland, California and am a former UC Berkeley Upward Bound student in the summers 05 and 06. I returned to work for UC Berkeley Upward Bound as a Residential Counselor in the summers of 2011 and 2012 which resulted in the best summers of my life. I graduated from San Jose State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies.
I learned the importance of providing resources especially to under-served youth because I attended John C. Fremont High School and experienced firsthand the limited resources of that school. During high school, I commonly found myself surrounded by peers who had inadvertently succumbed to their environment and mistakenly committed crime for monetary gains. My peers viewed money as a symbol of status, power, and wealth. They did anything in order to achieve it leaving behind education as a last resort to secure future goals. At that time, I did not have a role model to stress upon me the importance of education and academics, therefore, I joined Upward Bound during my sophomore year in high school to excel.
When I got to college, I continued to work with at-risk youth and I realized that providing proper resources to those who need it, and just being their mentor, goes a long way. I have found a home in Upward Bound and I am glad to be a part of such a committed and experienced staff here at Mills College. I feel that it is my responsibility to advocate for the students who feel voiceless such as the staff had done for me while I was in Upward Bound. I look forward to serving the community through Upward Bound and liberating our students through academic outreach and success.
I was born in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to California at the age of nine years old. I attended Lindhurst High School. Throughout high school, I did not have many individuals who motivated me to thrive in school, except for my parents. My father has always told me that the only thing he can leave me of value would be an education; this constant reminder has helped me to never give up and always prove others wrong. I have faced many challenges, but the education I have obtained thus far has helped me to reach my goals and overcome any obstacles. Since graduation, I have attended Yuba Community College, CSU, Monterey Bay, CSU, Chico, North Carolina State University, and CSU, Sacramento.
Throughout all of my education thus far, I have obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Higher Education, and currently, I am working on a Master of Science in Counseling. My path in education, has taught me that many times, I will face obstacles and want to give up. Other times, I will be the only person in the program who looks like me, but it’s up to me to change the statistics to motivate others. Now and then, I will want to quit, but I have many support systems that will pick me up and motivate me. Life is what you make of it, so remember to Smile because it’s good for the soul.
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