Staff

Professional Staff

USS-Director
Diana Valdivia
She, her, hers
(805) 893-5609
Director of Undocumented Student Services

Appointments: bit.ly/ussmeeting-director 

As an immigrant and first generation college graduate, Diana is passionate about working with undocumented immigrants. After receiving a B.S. in Business Administration, her college experience, community support, and involvement in extracurricular activities led her to pursue a master’s in student affairs. In 2013, Diana graduated with a Master’s in Education from San Diego State University.

During graduate school, Diana also started her involvement with immigrant rights organizations which included being a volunteer organizer with the San Diego Dream Team, organizing legal clinics, and being a member of United We Dream’s DEEP Advisory Council. 

She started her student affairs career as the first Undocumented Student Coordinator (USC) at UC Merced. As the USC at UC Merced, she created programs, events, and services to support holistically undocumented students. She led the implementation of ally trainings for staff and faculty to better support undocumented students and organized the 1st statewide conference for undocumented students interested in graduate school.

She enjoys connecting with other undocumented immigrants, watching The Daily Show, dreaming about one day doing stand-up comedian or a poet, and trying new vegan recipes.

You can make an appointment with Diana to talk about: 
  • Ways to navigate college as an undocumented student
  • Feedback on scholarship essays
  • Graduate school as an undocumented student
  • Life, family, roommates, stress, etc.
  • Opportunities available to undocumented students with/without DACA
  • Referrals to financial aid resources internships, leadership opportunities legal resources


Anna K
Anna Khachatryan
She, hers, hers
Program Assistant of Undocumented Student Services

Appointments: bit.ly/ussmeeting-pa 

As a recent first generation graduate and immigrant, Anna is passionate about working with undocumented and mixed status students. During her time as a student at UCSB, Anna interned with Undocumented Student Services throughout the majority of her college career and was involved in creating and executing various new programs for undocumented students. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Russian and hopes to pursue a law degree in the near future.

She looks forward to meeting with students and providing support during their time at UCSB. In her free time she prefers to read books or listen to podcasts. She also enjoys baking bread and creating very specific music playlists

You can make an appointment with Anna to talk about:

  • Ways to navigate college as an undocumented student
  • Campus resources
  • Graduate school as an undocumented student
  • Life, family, roommates, stress, etc.
  • Opportunities available to undocumented students with/without DACA
  • Referrals to:
  • financial aid resources
  • internships, leadership opportunities
  • legal resources
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Rosalva Isidoro
She, hers, hers
Graduate Intern
Undocumented Student Services

Appointments: https://bit.ly/ussmeeting-gradintern

Rosalva is a first-generation, low-income, Latina, transfer student, born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles. Growing up she attended LAUSD schools. She enrolled at Santa Monica College and majored in English. After three years, she transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles where she minored in Chican@ Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies. She has volunteered for non-profits like City Year and Changeist. She is in her last semester of graduate school and is pursuing her master’s degree in Educational Counseling at USC. She is a Graduate Assistant at USC Dornsife Office of Advising and a Research Intern for the Pullias Center at USC.

She is passionate about giving back to her community, empowering the voices of BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) and marginalized communities, and being a resource, mentor, and role model. She looks forward to meeting with students and providing them with resources and support. Rosalva’s quarantine hobbies include making playlists on Spotify, baking with her siblings, reading for fun, and making handmade floral bookmarks

You can make an appointment with Rosalva to talk about:

  • Graduate school as an undocumented student
  • Resources related to being a part of a graduate program
  • Life, family, roommates, stress, etc.
  • Opportunities available to undocumented students with/without DACA
  • Referrals to:
  • financial aid resources
  • internships, leadership opportunities
  • legal resources

Additional Support



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Anna Manuel
She, her, hers
Attorney
UC Immigrant Legal Services Center

Appointments: tinyurl.com/y253hf29
Anna Manuel is a Staff Attorney with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center and serves UC Santa Barbara. She is a graduate of University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., certificate in International and Comparative Law) and San Francisco State University (B.A., Anthropology). During law school, she participated in the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Clinic and the USF Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic. After graduating law school, she worked with a private immigration law firm in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, California. Her legal experience has primarily included removal defense and asylum for women and children. Anna is also an organizer and activist, and currently works as volunteer Co-Director of Policy for Dreamer Fund, which assists Dreamers and undocumented students financially to pursue and complete law school. In her free time, Anna enjoys cooking, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and the weirdo cat.


JenniferLeon
Jennifer Leon
jdleo@ucsb.edu
Counselor
Educational Opportunity Program

Appointments: https://bit.ly/uss-eop-jennifer

Jennifer is a first- generation Gaucho who is passionate about working with undocumented and mixed status students. Prior to her roll at EOP as a counselor, she worked in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for 5+ years as a financial advisor and worked closely with our undocumented students and the financial crisis response team.

She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a Minor in Spanish. She looks forward to meeting with students and providing support during their time at UCSB. In her free time she prefers to explore new places, new restaurants to try new foods with my family

You can make an appointment with Jennifer to talk about:

  • Financial aid
  • CA Dream Act
  • Medical expenses
  • Life, family, roommates, stress, etc.
  • Guidance on academic resources
  • Academic planning


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Maddie Foster
She, her, hers
mwfoster@ucsb.edu
Career Counselor 
Career Services
Maddie Foster is a Career Counselor and works with USS to coordinate and implement the UndocuSuccess Program. She Supports the career growth of future technology and engineering innovators, empowers undocumented students in career success, and supervises future career counselors. She is also a Corgi enthusiast.


Esmeralda Tranquillo
etranquilino@ucsb.edu
Financial Aid Advisor | Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
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