Educational Opportunity Program

Chicanx/Latinx Cultural Resource Center (CLCRC) - Meet the Staff

Career Staff

My name is Xiomara Lopez and I am originally from South Central, Los Angeles. As a first-generation student and in my previous work with students who are predominantly Chicanx, I have realized challenges that students face but also the strength and resilience that they possess. I received my B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and my Master's in Educational Counseling at USC. My counseling background grants me the knowledge to recognize and address academic and non-academic barriers that affect academic success and retention. My approach to working with a diverse population is to actively listen and empower students to use their experiences as the driving force to achieve their educational goals. The community cultural wealth that students of color possess makes me excited to serve a diverse population at UCSB. The cultural resource center at my undergraduate institution played a fundamental role in my development as a scholar, daughter and member of the Chicanx/Latinx community. We hope that our programs and counseling services will contribute to your success at UCSB.

Student Staff


Dulce Gonzalez

Hola todos, I'm Dulce, one of your EOP Latinx/Chicanx Peer Mentors. I am a fourth-year undergraduate studying Sociology with minors in Applied Psychology and Education. I was born in Mexico and came with my family to the U.S. as a child. My hometown is San Diego but I now call UCSB my home. I'm involved in many parts of campus including an empowering organization for marginalized genders called M.U.J.E.R. My post-undergraduate goal is to attain my Masters in Social Work and become a licensed clinical social worker with an emphasis in minority children and families. In my career, I hope to help underrepresented youth overcome the social/institutional barriers that limit their opportunities to thrive. My favorite self care practices are cooking and watching movies.


Monica Luna

I'm a fourth year Communication major with a double minor in Sociocultural Linguistics and Applied Psychology. EOP has become such an amazing support system during my time here. I am so happy to be part of this amazing team and give back to our campus and community!


Yvette Ramirez

Hi everyone! I am a first- generation, income- eligible student majoring in Chicanx Studies with a minor in Applied Psychology. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am one of the four CLCRC mentors. I enjoy music, eating, dancing, and getting to know others. One thing that helps me at UCSB is finding a sense of community and cultura! So, if you ever feel like you need a piece of nuestra cultura here at UCSB, there are centers like El Centro and the CLCRC in the SRB that you can visit. I also encourage you to come to our various events for a good time. Feel free to reach out to meet in person or through email at I am interested in hearing what you have to say and will try my best to help with what I can. Sigue hechandole ganas y buena suerte!


Christian Viera

Hi everyone! My name is Chris. I'm completing my fourth year here at UCSB and am pursuing a degree in sociology with a minor in Applied Psychology. Come through with friendship, accomplishments, or company! All and everyone always welcome!