Sociology Department announces Undergraduate Peer Advisors

October 03, 2017

The Sociology Department Welcomes Karla, Alyssa, Sophia and Huzaifa as its new Undergraduate Peer Advisors!

Newly assigned peer advisors, Karla, Alyssa, Sophia and Huzaifa are available in Rachel Carson College Rm 226 Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Drop-in advising hours with the peer advisors will begin next week and will be posted on our website, They can also be reached by phone or email: 831-459-4888,

You may have already seen our peer advisors around, but we would like to take this opportunity to introduce them:

Karla is a senior majoring in Sociology. She started at UCSC as a transfer student from East Los Angeles College in January 2017. In addition to being a peer advisor in the sociology department, she is also is a Resident Assistant (RA) for Kresge College. She has experience working with First-Year Students and experience advising students. She worked four (4) years for East LA College as a Program Ambassador and a Peer Mentor. Karla enjoys helping students out and assisting them to obtain their educational goals. She plans to obtain a Bachelor’s in Sociology and masters in Education. She hopes to obtain a PhD in Education. Her ultimate goal is to become an Educational Counselor in a community college setting.

Alyssa is a senior majoring in Sociology. She transferred to UCSC fall of 2016 from De Anza College. She has experience mentoring homeless youth and underserved and underrepresented communities. She plans on continuing on to Law School as a criminal defense attorney to help her community obtain justice. Alyssa hopes to bring equity and representation to a justice system that has failed the diverse communities from which she comes from.

Sophia is a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Education.  She started out as a frosh from Cowell College in 2014. Since then she has been actively involved on campus through her national philanthropic sorority while working multiple jobs, such as UC Santa Cruz’s GEARUP program as an academic intern, and as an AVID tutor for schools within the greater Santa Cruz area.  After graduation she aspires to attend graduate school and attain a MA in Education; she plans on working as either a college advisor or high school counselor.

Huzaifa is a senior majoring in Sociology and Politics. He transferred to UCSC in the fall of 2015 from San Francisco. In addition to being a peer advisor in the sociology department, he works as a research assistant for the No Place Like Home project studying the housing crisis here in Santa Cruz. His hobbies include reading, playing basketball, and roasting islamophobes on twitter. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Islamic Studies, and later a Ph.D. in Sociology in hopes to become a professor.

Please join us in welcoming our wonderful new peer advisors!

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