Sociology Peer Advisor Program



The Sociology Department Peer Advisors are an excellent resource for students, in addition to the undergraduate advisor and faculty advisors. 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 experiences.  If you are interesting in meeting with a Peer Advisor, they are available Fall, Winter and Spring, but not Summer. For Fall, Winter and Spring, please refer to the drop-in advising calendar for availability. You may also reach a Peer Advisor at or 831-459-4888 or in person in Rachel Carson College Rm 226.


Meet Our 2019-2020 Peer Advisors!


Peer Advisor Bianca Esquivias

Bianca Esquivias


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!






emilymaciel.jpgEmily Maciel

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

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


Hi! My name is Jesus. I am a fourth-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.