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. Please refer to the drop-in advising information for availability. You may also reach a Peer Advisor at 


Meet Our 2022-23 Peer Advisors!

Valerie Garcia

Valerie Garcia


Hi, my name is Valerie Garcia, and I am a 4th-year Sociology major and Latin American and Latino Studies minor. I am a first-generation, low-income, queer, Latinx student, so I can share knowledge of the resource centers on campus and services from free printing to academic support. I have two years of experience as a research assistant and absolutely love research! I am more than happy to discuss research, how someone can get involved, or your research interests! I will be completing a senior thesis as my senior exit requirement so I can share my experience for the senior thesis process! I also know of many on-campus internship opportunities and enjoy supporting students so feel free to ask for interview advice, resume feedback etc. My goal is to be a resource for students of all backgrounds and help them navigate higher education and make the most of their college experience! I have been very fortunate to cultivate my niche on campus and my goal is to support students so that they can feel supported and create their community too!

Fun facts: I am a huge movie buff (action is my favorite genre) and I binge watch a new show every week. I love trying new foods, studying at the beach, going to concerts, and watching stand-up comedy.



gordon.jpgGordon Schwabe


Hi, my name Is Gordon Schwabe, and I am majoring in Sociology with a concentration in GISES (Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies). I am in my last quarter at UCSC after transferring almost 90 credits from my high school and local community college in a dual enrollment program. I am very organized and love planning for fun, so I can definitely assist in making goals into comprehensive plans. I had great experiences with students and counselors alike within a community college setting and enjoy sharing my experiences with others! I went through transferring a lot of credits as well as submitting many petitions as a freshman and can use those experiences to help
guide others. I am very social and am open to having fun and interesting conversations. My goals are to help students with their educational achievements and to connect them to others that are able to provide additional support. I hope to see students on campus and online in the coming year and am excited to help others with all types of concerns.

Fun Facts: I love playing the drums (set and marching) and enjoy playing along to songs I like. I worked in a coffee shop in high school and love to recommend drinks and take recommendations (I love coffee so much). I’m a dog person and love walking my dog and doing other outdoor activities!