Sociology@UCSantaCruz announces 2019-2020 Undergraduate Peer Advisors

November 04, 2019

The Sociology Undergraduate Peer Advisor Program welcomes newly assigned peer advisors, Bianca, Emily, Nyereath and Jesus!

Now in its fifth year, the Sociology Undergraduate Peer Advisor Program welcomes newly assigned peer advisors,Bianca, Emily, Nyereath and Jesus! You may also recognize Jesus who started as a peer advisor last Spring and is returning for his senior year as lead peer advisor. We're lucky to have these wonderful students joining our department.

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 phone or email: 831-459-4888;

Please join me in welcoming our peer advisors!

Peer Advisor Program

Advising is an important part of undergraduate education. In addition to the undergraduate advisor and faculty advisors Peer Advisors can assist with major and minor issues, race 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 counseling, counseling, student services or higher education. The position is one year long (Fall, Winter and Spring)

Bianca Esquivias (She/Her/Hers)

Hi my name is Bianca Esquivias, I am a second year majoring in Sociology. I am involved in the College Scholars program here on campus due to my academic success where I am able to learn about professors research on campus and how to get involved. I am a first generation, low income student that is passionate about providing inclusive opportunities to students of all backgrounds. My goal is to assist students on navigating higher education and meeting their goals. As a first-generation student, I know the struggles of adapting and learning the higher education system therefore, I am willing to share my experiences with students.

Fun Facts: I love shopping, playing with my dog, going to concerts and eating!

Emily Maciel (She/Her/Hers)

What's good everyone! My name is Emily Maciel and I am from Berkeley CA. I am a fourth year double majoring in Sociology and Latin American & Latinx Studies (LALS). I am very passionate about working with students and have dedicated my years here at UCSC through the Eop Bridge Program, advising and mentoring first generation low income first year students in their transition from high school to college. I am currently working with 4th & 5th graders in the Corre La Voz (CLV) program mentoring them in reading, writing, and character building activities. This gives me the opportunity to work with diverse backgrounds and the ability to expand working with students outside my age range. My goal is to assist all students with major exploration and provide them with the proper resources in pursuit of having a career within Sociology.
Fun Facts: I love to dance, listening to music, reading books, and watching movies!!

Nyereath Nhial (She/Her/Hers)

What's good y'all, my name is Nyereath and I'm a first generation student from San Diego. I'm currently a fourth year studying Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and I'm definitely looking forward to graduating at the end of this year! During my time here at UCSC I've been exposed to a number of different experiences and opportunities that have enriched my love of learning such as working at the EOP office, as a research assistant, and working at a local high school. I'm passionate about making sure others are following their passions and manifesting their dreams into a reality. I'm always willing to advocate on behalf of anyone who needs it and hope to provide you all with opportunities and resources that will make you feel supported in all aspects.
Fun facts: I've conducted research on South Sudanese refugees and youth to address complex narratives of gender, war and diaspora. I also love music, books, and movies :)

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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