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



Elizabeth Vazquez

Hi everybody! My name is Elizabeth and I am one of the four Chicanx/Latinx Cultural Resource Center peer mentors. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am majoring in Chicanx Studies with a minor in Educational Studies. I transferred to UCSB last year as a junior transfer from Santa Monica College. As a peer mentor, I would like to help you by answering your questions, connecting you to resources, or even having a casual talk! I am a resource to you, so please feel free to email me at if you have questions or want to make an appointment during my mentoring hours! I welcome all identities. 


Denise Hernandez

Hello Everyone, my name is Denise Hernandez! My pronouns are She/Her/Hers. I am a fourth year Sociology and Chicanx Studies double major. I am a First-Generation student from Stockton, Ca! I am one of the CLCRC’s peer mentors! One thing that I think makes UCSB unique is its EOP program. EOP has had a significant impact during my time here. Come find out during our community/peer mentor hours to see what makes us so unique :) I am so excited to meet y’all and help you make the most during your time here. Some of the things I love doing during my free time are watching the sunset, taking pictures and laughing (with the exception of laughing, I do that all the time).  Feel free to email me any questions you have or to schedule an appointment at 


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!


Saul Hernandez

Hello, I’m Saul Hernandez (pronouns He, Him, His). I’m a 3rd year at UCSB pursuing a major in Sociology with an applied psychology minor. I’m from a small town called Healdsburg in northern California. In the future I hope to become higher education counselor and being able to help out my community through education. Some of my hobbies include going fishing, watching sports like soccer, and hanging out with friends.