Meet the Team

Undocumented Student Services Staff

DianaValdivia
Diana Valdivia

Pronouns: she/her/hers/ella

Coordinator
Undocumented Student Services
Diana.Valdivia@sa.ucsb.edu
(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 EOP Front Desk at (805) 893-5609

Micaela Rodriguez Tovar

Program Assistant 
Undocumented Student Services

A recent UCSB graduate, Micaela is the Program Assistant for Undocumented Student Services. She holds a BA in Sociology and Chicana/x/o Studies from UCSB.

During her undergraduate career, Micaela dedicated herself to advocating for the student population, specifically first-generation and underrepresented students. She held various positions in campus departments like the Chicana/o Studies Department, Undocumented Student Services, and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Her work continued through her involvement within campus organizations such as La Escuelita, UCSB IDEAS, and A.S Community Volunteer Foundation.

As a Program Assistant she is excited to support the retention and academic success of undocumented students by uplifting and empowering them via programming. Working closely with the immigrant community brings her one step closer to/prepares her for her goal of becoming an immigration lawyer.

In her free time Micaela enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes, and watching the sunset. 

You can make an appointment with Micaela to talk about: 
  • Ways to navigate college as an undocumented student
  • Opportunities available to undocumented students with/without DACA
  • Referrals to financial aid resources internships, leadership opportunities legal resources

To make an appointment call EOP Front Desk at (805) 893-5609

Support Staff

Vivek
Vivek Mittal

Pronouns: he/him/his

Attorney
UC Immigrant Legal Service Center
vivek.ucimm@law.ucdavis.edu

Provides legal services as one of the Managing Attorneys of the UC Immigrant Legal Service Center
Learn more about Vivek.

Ron Perry

Attorney
AS/UC Immigrant Legal Service Center

Provides legal services through AS/UC Immigrant Legal Services Center

Maddie Foster

Pronouns: she/her

Career Counselor/Coordinator
Career Services
Maddie.Foster@sa.ucsb.edu

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

Jennifer León

Pronouns: she/her/hers/ella
Financial Aid Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Jennifer.Leon@sa.ucsb.edu

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

Maria Zavala

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Peer Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Maria.Zavala@sa.ucsb.edu

Jess Lemus

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Peer Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Jessica.Lemus@sa.ucsb.edu

Undocumented Student Services Interns

USS Intern Team 2018-2019
Anna USS Intern

Anna
Lead Intern

Anna, a third year Political Science and Russian double-major from Los Angeles. Anna is originally from Armenia, but moved to the U.S. at the age of 11, and now considers the San Fernando Valley their home. Coming to UCSB was hard for Anna, but Undocumented Student Services helped ease her transition by answering all her worries and welcoming her to their community. Anna has been an intern for Undocumented Student Services since spring 2017, and she is happy to continue helping undocumented and mixed status students enjoy their time here at UCSB. You may often find her listening to music and reading books. However, she love learning about people’s interests and what they are passionate about, so feel free to reach out to her and start a conversation.

Catherine USS Intern

Catherine
Lead Intern

Catherine is a fourth year studying political science and environmental studies. She aspires to go into the field of environmental law or policy to bring justice back to marginalized communities. On campus, Catherine is a tour guide, a part of the undocumented student group, IDEAS, and a part of a research lab. Some of Catherine's other interests include DIY-ing, going to art museums, and trying different sports. Being from Los Angeles, California, Catherine enjoys hot, sunny weather and bumper-to-bumper traffic. You can often find Catherine sprawled out on the library lawn or on her couch.

Merryll USS Intern

Merryll
Lead Intern

Merryll is a lead intern for Undocumented Student Services, and a third year Sociology major and Art minor at UCSB. As an intern, she creates materials for publications, including flyers, calendars, and more. After becoming a mentor for a program called FIERCE, Merryll realized that her goal in life is to help minorities seek higher education. She plans to attend graduate school after college, and pursue a career as a high-school counselor and/or a graphic designer. Her love for people and her passion to help others will guide her to accomplish her goal.

USS Team Kate C.

Kate
Intern

USS Team Ricardo

Ricardo
Intern

USS Team Daniela

Daniela
Intern

USS Team Jocelyne

Jocelyne
Intern

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 coordinator, or drop by to meet with our interns. Contact us through our emails, linked below. 

Diana Valdivia, Coordinator
(805) 893-5609