Sociology@UCSantaCruz announces updates to Undergraduate Peer Advisors

April 05, 2019

The Sociology Undergraduate Peer Advisor Program welcomes newly assigned peer advisor, Jesus Quiroz! Jesus joins Alyssa Garcia and Jocelin Petatan.

In its fourth year, the Sociology Undergraduate Peer Advisor Program welcomes newly assigned peer advisor, Jesus Quiroz!

Additionally, congratulations to two of the Peer Advisors, Dana Padilla and Melissa Cortez, who graduated during Winter quarter. We are lucky to have Jesus join Alyssa Garcia and Jocelin Petatan who continue with us before they graduate at the end of spring quarter.

Profiles of each of the Peer Advisors can be reviewed below and on our website. Peer advisors will be available in the Sociology Department, Rachel Carson College Rm 226 during the academic year. Drop-in advising hours have begun and are posted on our website. They can also be reached by at 831-459-4888 or

Anytime you're in the department feel free come in to introduce yourself to the new and continuing Peer Advisors, and of course, pick up some candy!

Welcome Jesus!

Peer Advisor Program

Advising is an important part of undergraduate education. In addition to the undergraduate advisor and faculty advisors who play a vital role in advising on all aspects of our majors and minors, peer advisors are an excellent resource for current and prospective students. Peer Advisors can assist with major and minor questions, course substitution information, creating academic plans, referring to campus resources, and can speak to you about their own student experiences.

The Sociology Undergraduate Peer Advisor Program offers junior and senior sociology majors a year-long in-field experience while assisting students in their major or minor - a great opportunity for students who are interested in a future career in advising, counseling, student services or higher education. The position is year long (Fall, Winter and Spring) and students earn five units of individual study each quarter.

Alyssa Garcia (She/Her/Hers) 

My name is Alyssa Celeste Garcia I am a Senior majoring in Sociology, graduating this Fall quarter. I transferred to UCSC fall of 2016 from De Anza college in Cupertino, CA. I am a first generation student and also belong to the Smith Renaissance Society at UCSC. I have experience mentoring homeless and foster youth. I plan to continue helping my community by going on to Law school where I will earn my JD degree to work as a Criminal Defense attorney in Santa Clara county. I am also aspiring to simultaneously earn my PhD in Sociology so that I may have the privilege to educate the under served and underrepresented communities in which I come from. My goal as a Sociology Peer Advisor is to ensure that I can assist with allocating resources and guidance to declaring a major within the Sociology department.

Fun Facts: I love nature, hikes, animals, singing, dancing and snowboarding.

Jocelin Petatan (She/Her/Hers)

My name is Jocelin Petatan and I’m a fourth-year sociology major and education minor. I started my college experience at Santa Barbara City College. During my two years there, I played on the women’s basketball team. I transferred to UC Santa Cruz Fall 2017. Now, I am a Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI) tutor, and an active member in my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. Throughout my college experience, I have been fortunate enough to have great and knowledgeable academic advisors who have assisted me, a first-generation college student, here at UC Santa Cruz. I aspire to do the same work as those advisors, giving students the encouragement and confidence to pursue higher education. My ultimate goal is to be an academic advisor in a high school or city college.

Fun Facts: I never wear matching socks, I like to play basketball but not watch it, and I’m obsessed with avocados and peppermint!

Jesus Quiroz (He/Him/His)

Hi! My name is Jesus. I am a third-year transfer student from the bay area. I am currently pursuing Sociology and Cognitive Science. I’m also an affiliate with the Everett Program, which is a program at UCSC that gives students hands-on experience in social justice. In the Everett Program, I am currently working on social justice through my team’s web design project with the global non-profit organization, Food Not Bombs. At UCSC, I am currently researching poverty, class inequality, and food insecurity as I prepare for my senior thesis. I am really excited to be a peer advisor because I love to be able to connect my sociology peers to resources that will help them succeed at UCSC. As a transfer student, I have a lot of experience in comprehending graduation requirements and how to plan a schedule accordingly, and I am happy to pass this down to anyone who needs it.

Fun facts: I love all things music, soccer and hanging out with my dog, Minnie. My favorite soccer teams are Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Real Madrid.

Please join us in welcoming our wonderful new peer advisors! 

Interested in becoming a peer advisor? 

Find the application process on our website.

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