Meet the Team

USS 2017-2018

USS Coordinator and Support Staff

Diana Valdivia

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Undocumented Student Services

Vivek Mittal

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UC Immigrant Legal Service Center

Provides legal services as one of the Managing Attorneys of the UC Immigrant Legal Service Center

Maddie Foster

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Career Counselor/Coordinator
Career Services

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

Jennifer León

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Financial Aid Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

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

Maria Zavala

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Peer Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Jess Lemus

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Peer Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

USS Interns

USS Lead Intern

USS Lead Intern

Alondra is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a major in Sociology and a minor in Sociolinguistics. This will be Alondra's second year with Undocumented Student Services (USS), and she's excited to help students learn more about the many resources available to them and their immediate families. She is looking forward to meeting and supporting students in there time here at UCSB, whether that's through resources or simply having a conversation with them. Upon graduation, Alondra aspires to help and advocate for women and children. She also hopes to give back to the community that has seen her grow and continues to support her. Alondra also enjoys exploring new restaurants, dancing folklórico, and being outdoors.
Feel free to contact her at:


Ana USS Intern

USS Intern

Ana is a fourth year Sociology and Chicana/o Studies from the San Fernando Valley. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D, get her research published, and eventually become a respected professor at a university. She enjoys experimenting with makeup and cycling. She is currently a student intern for Undocumented Student Services where she started working at the beginning of summer 2017 where she helped plan USS events for the fall quarter. As an intern, Ana assists with fundraising strategies and is in charge of the Dream Book Lending Library located in the Monarch Lounge.
Feel free to contact her at

Anna USS Intern

USS Intern

Anna, a second 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.
If you have any questions, you can also contact Anna at

Catherine USS Intern

USS Intern

Catherine is a third 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.

Jordan USS Intern

USS Intern

Jordan is a fourth year Global Studies major, Portuguese minor and transfer student from Huntington Beach, California. Jordan frequently talks about the activities he most enjoys including soccer, The Office, and sushi (in no particular order). Jordan is the Policy Educator intern and has been with USS since the spring quarter 2017. Working with USS has been one of the most inspiring experiences that he has have ever had. His goals for the future include using all of his education and experiences to continue his passion of helping others specifically the undocumented student community.
Feel free to contact Jordan at if you have any questions or want to talk about soccer, The Office, or sushi.

Maribel USS Intern
USS Intern

Feel free to contact Maribel at
Merryll USS Intern

USS Intern

Merryll is the Marketing 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.
Feel free to contact Merryll at

Yaqueline USS Intern

USS Intern

Yaqueline is a fourth year Sociology and Comparative Literature Double Major from North of San Francisco. Yaqueline is from Guatemala and came to the U.S. at the age of 6. Not having any safe space to discuss about her status while growing up, led her to a blooming advocate for the undocumented community during college. Yaqueline participated in the fellowship program, Dream Summer programing advocating for health for all in order to provide access to medical needs for undocumented folks, has been involved in the undocumented student organization, UCSB IDEAS for her 4 years at UCSB, and is now interning her second year with Undocumented Student Services. Yaqueline is also passionate in being an educational advocate and hopes to become a teacher in schools that are underperforming to help close the educational gap. Yaqueline enjoys watching soccer games and loves to social dance!
If you have any questions, feel free to reach her at


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