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

Jess Lemus

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Peer Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Undocumented Student Services Interns

Daniela is a fourth-year majoring in Sociology and Chicanx Studies and minoring in Translation Studies. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Salinas, California at the age of nine. Daniela is excited for this new academic year and to help undocumented students on campus through USS. As the lead intern for the programming team she is excited for all of the programs and events that USS has to offer for students and the community and hopes to meet new students at events. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, listening to music, looking at memes and going to the beach. Aside from the internship, she is involved with Raices de mi Tierra, the folklorico group on campus. She enjoys being part of this organization and express herself and her culture through dance. For her last year of undergrad, she hopes to gain new experiences and enjoy her last moments at UCSB.
Kate (she/her/hers) is a third year, Sociology major looking into a double minor in Applied Psychology and Professional Writing. Undocumented Student Services has played a pivotal role in her college career as it provided her an opportunity for career-exploration and self-exploration. Alongside her work with USS, Kate is a Capps Intern under the Sara Miller McCune Endowed Internship and Public Service Program for Fielding Graduate University. When she is not in the office, you can catch her either attending all the free events on campus and in Isla Vista, or soaking up the warm sun at the park as she journals away. Something Kate would love to check off her bucket-list before graduating UCSB is to apply for UCLA Dream Summer and UCDC. Until then, she is taking it day by day, enjoying every moment that college has to offer her.
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.
Montse is a fourth year Sociology major who transferred in the Fall of 2018 from her hometown community school in Oceanside, California. When coming to UCSB, she was surprised with the difference in ethnic and racial diversity compared to her hometown. Luckily Montse found a home in Raices de Mi Tierra, a baile folklorico group here on campus that strives to educate people through dance and where the members uphold similar cultural values and traditions like her. As a USS Intern this year she hopes to learn more ways to connect and help better equip undocumented students to succeed in college despite their status. Montse's post graduate plans are to attend graduate school in San Diego and receive her master’s degree in Social Work in order to help empower women and children who have lived through domestic violence.
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.
tzel is a fourth year History of Public Policy major and is also pursuing a minor in education. During her time at UCSB, she has enjoyed being a part of the undocumented community and knows the importance of finding resources on campus. She is excited to be a part of the USS team and now be a resource herself to incoming students so that they feel supported on their campus. As she finishes undergrad, she hopes to make the most out of her fourth year by going to the beach as much as she can. She is working toward having a strong academic year and hopes to spend her downtime watching Love Island (UK).
Apolinar De Jesus (He/Him/His) is a third-year undocumented queer artist who enjoys traditional art, fashion, and glamour. He was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but grew up in the small agricultural town of Greenfield, California his whole life. Currently, he is an art major at UCSB, thinking of double majoring in English. He believes that there is a poetic and beautiful way of speaking when encouraging love and positivity. Furthermore, he is a part of many organizations on campus such as IDEAS, USS, UndocuQT, and Theta Nu Kappa Multicultural and Academic Fraternity. Through his involvement in these organizations, he is hoping to self-improve and become a great leader so that he can guide and help others to live their best lives.

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