Meet the Team

Undocumented Student Services Staff

Diana Valdivia

Pronouns: she/her/hers/ella

Undocumented Student Services
(805) 893-5609

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

To make an appointment call USS at (805) 893-5609.

Support Staff

Anna Manuel

UC Immigrant Legal Service Center

Provides legal services as an attorney of the UC Immigrant Legal Service Center
Learn more about Anna

Luis Naranjo

Pronouns: he/him/his
Financial Aid Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Works very closely with USS to support students and collaborate in the Financial Workshop series

Maddie Foster

Pronouns: she/her

Career Counselor/Coordinator
Career Services

Works with USS to support students and collaborate in the Dream Scholar Career Development Program

Undocumented Student Services Interns

Anna is a second year Art and History of Art and Architecture double major from San Diego County. Anna was born in Mazatlan, Mexico but moved to the U.S at the age of 2. Anna hopes to pursue a career in architecture and design and she hopes to continue making art. Undocumented Student Services has especially helped Anna during her 1st year by providing resources, advice, and services in order to help her flourish as a first generation, undocumented student. Anna loves meeting new people and learning about new people, so feel free to reach out to her, whether it's for questions or for a friendly conversation.
Yafte is a third year Sociology major and Sociocultural Linguistics minor from San Bernardino, California. She aspires to go to Graduate School and earn a Ph.D on Social Work to become a social worker and support low-income marginalized communities. On Campus, Yafte is a tour guide, visitor center intern, and a part of the undocumented student group IDEAS. You may often find her feeding the ducks near the campus lagoon, reading in the Monarch Lounge, or spending time with friends in Isla Vista.
Martha (she/her/hers) is a third year Environmental Studies major from Los Angeles, California. Martha hopes to pursue a career centered on environmental and social justice and wants to eventually start her own business. Martha loves the outdoors and bonding with her natural environments, you can find her hiking and biking by the UCSB coastline and listening to music. USS has been one of the most important resources for Martha since starting at UCSB and is excited to be a part of the team and help other students.
Sunny (she/her/hers) is a fourth year Linguistics major from Orange County, California. Alongside her work with USS, Sunny works as a research assistant under Dr. Jennifer Kam in her work to support DACA college students. When Sunny’s not in the office, you can find her playing around with her camera, taking walks while listening to podcasts, going on spontaneous trips with friends, and napping. In the future, Sunny aspires to create a powerful platform to provide space for people of different backgrounds to share their stories in the hopes of bringing more empathy and love into the world.

Meet us!
USS is located in the EOP suite
(SRB 2210)

Our team is here to help! You can make an appointment to meet with our director, or drop by to meet with our interns. Contact us through our emails, linked below. 

Diana Valdivia, Director
(805) 893-5609