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Guardian Scholars Mentor Program
Program Description
Guardian Scholar Mentor Program is an opportunity for students to connect to campus staff in a more personal way. Mentors will serve to help with school but also to teach skills and lessons that may be relevant to the student’s life. This is a great way for students to get connected on campus and develop the type of relationship that can lead to a “letter of recommendation” for a scholarship or future job. These mentors will get to know you not as a “foster youth” but as a person, the struggles you face, the way you view things, and help you develop the different aspects you want to work on.
 
Our Mentors are: 
 
Kristin Clark
Current Position: Vice President of Student Services at Orange Coast College.  Responsible for the oversight of all Student Services, which include: Admissions, Student Records, Veterans Services, Transfer Evaluation, Graduation Office, Matriculation, Assessment, International Students, Financial Aid, Extended Opportunity Programs & Services, CalWORKs Program, Health Services, Student Government, Student Life, Children’s Center, Student Discipline, Campus Bookstore, Title IX Officer, Behavioral Assessment, and Degree Audit Systems. Additional responsibility for: Strategic Planning, Accreditation, Compliance with Federal & State Regulations, Student Success Grants, Professional Development, and various Technology Projects.
Education:
Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
Masters of Arts in Education, Educational Technology
Doctorate in Higher Education Management
 
"Why I’m interested in being a mentor":
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my mentors.  I think it’s extremely important to have good mentors as mentors are people who will unconditionally support you, who will provide good advice, and who will tell you the truth.  I enjoy building relationships with individual students and seeing them succeeds, and being a mentor provides that opportunity.
Jessica Alabi
 Current Position: Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, teaching Introduction to Sociology, Gender Studies, and Marriage and Family, faculty advisor to Feminist Club, Sociology Club, and Phi Alpha Mu Honor Society, graduate mentor for CSUF Sociology MA program, and member of Guardian Scholars committee,
 Education:
A.A. Liberal Arts, Santa Ana College
A.S. Cosmetology, Santa Ana College
B.A. Peace Studies, Chapman University
M.A. Sociology, University of California-Irvine
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California-Irvine
 
"Why I’m interested in becoming a mentor":
I enjoy mentoring because I was mentored as a young person.  I came to understand that all I owed my mentor was the promise to do the same for someone else.  I love giving back to others of what was so freely given to me.  If I have something that can help a young person achieve or overcome an obstacle, then I am all about helping that person become all they desire. I would not have made it without standing on the backs of others.
Raya Lopez
Position: I am an IT facilitator at OCC. Some of my duties are on the OCC website, MyOCC and the intranet.
Education: I come from a creative/art background and I am currently working on my Masters in Art in Education.
"Why I’m interested in becoming a mentor": As an employee of Orange Coast College, it is my privilege to be in a position to help students navigate through the college system. The process of getting into, through and out of college requires wading through a lot of red tape. When I was going through it, I had help, and I recognize and value how important it is to have someone to talk to get you through a tough situation and to celebrate your successes
  
Areas to work on include but are not limited to
Discussion Ideas
 
Professionalism
Academics
Health and Wellness
Daily Living
What kind of Job/career do I want in the future?
Are my educational goals lined up with my career goals?
Do my career goals align with my personal strengths?
What are my long term educational goals? Master Degree, Ph.D.?
What can I do to develop my resume?
What study skills do I need to develop?
What kind of life skills do I need to develop in my professional, personal life?
Are there any independent living skills that I need to improve/learn?
Research and discuss universities to transfer to, resources, programs, support?
 
Program is open to new and ongoing Guardian Scholars. If you are interested in this program, please contact Guardian Scholars via phone @ 714-432-0202 x26090, or visit our office on the 4th floor of Watson Hall, Room 443.
 
 
*Staff or community members interested in mentoring, please contact the Guardian Scholars Specialist*
Be aware that we ask for a minimum of 1 semester commitment to the student(s)
We also ask you to provide us with a profile answering the following questions:
 
ü  Current Position – Short description of responsibilities
ü  Education – Educational background
ü  “Why I’m interested in becoming a mentor” – Explanation of why you are willing to mentor