Dream Scholars Resource Team

The Dream Scholars Resource Team (DSRT) mission is to develop an awareness and understanding of the experiences of undocumented and AB 540 eligible students (while maintaining the confidentiality of individual students) and to develop campus responses and processes to address their needs related to persistence, retention, and graduation. 

At UCSB, our Dream Scholars are served by staff, faculty and students from across the campus. Committee members represent different entities across campus that work directly with students, including faculty conducting research relevant to Dream Scholars and those working in policy areas that impact Dream Scholars. Our program design and philosophy is to have as many departments as possible responsible for Dream Scholars’ needs, resources, policies, advocacy, education, and support.

The goal of the campus Dream Scholars Resource Team is to:

  • Review campus, UC, state and federal policies and implement a campus plan that is compliant and supportive of the needs of UCSB students.
  • Clearly reinforce the values of the University to maintain a diverse student body and advocate for the needs of student communities.
  • Assess the needs of Dream Scholars in the areas of student development, academic support, wellness, finances, career preparation, extracurricular opportunities and advocacy.
  • Refer legal assistance needs to qualified legal counsel.
  • Assist in the education and awareness of the campus community.
  • Provide avenues to support experiential opportunities for career and professional development.
  • Facilitate financial hurdles and work toward their resolution.
  • Develop a community of support and mentorship at all levels of the university’s mission.
  • Increase dialogue, collaboration and problem solving amongst key departments.
  • Maintain the integrity needs for the confidentiality and identity of Dream Scholars.

DSRT Chair
Diana Valdivia Undocumented Student Services

DSRT Members
Adrienne Arguijo-Morgan Educational Partnerships

Alina Mojarro Associated Students

Alondra Larios Undocumented Student Services
Amy Boutell Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS)

Ana Romero Graduate Division
Andrew Vesper Student Health Services
Carla Corral Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Cuca AcostaOffice of Admissions
Dolan Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (RCSGD)

Erick McCurdy BARC Office
Fabi Perez-Luna Housing Residence Halls (Assistant Resident Director, Manzanita Village)
Jami Chavez Division of Undergraduate Education College of Letters & Science
Jane Faulkner Librarian, Reference & Outreach Library
Jennifer Leon Financial Aid & Scholarships
Jenny McCracken Financial Aid & Scholarships

Jessica Lemus Financial Aid & Scholarships

John Park Asian American Studies
Jose Gamez Housing University Apartments
Karla Lopez IDEAS Co-Chair
Leslie Ballesteros IDEAS Outreach and Academic Chair
Lupe N. Garcia, Student Academic Support Services/Student Affairs
Maddie Foster Career Services
Maria Zavala Financial Aid & Scholarships
Maritza Mejia-Wilson Orientation and Parent Services
Miguel Eckstein Psychology Department 
Mike Miller Financial Aid & Scholarships
Mirian Gutierrez Educational Partnerships
Ozzie Espinoza Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 
Paul Tadross Housing Residence Halls
Robin Unander AS Legal Services
Sepideah Mohsenian-Rahman Multicultural Center (MCC)
Viviana Marsano Isla Vista Liaison & Senior Campus Orgs Advisor Student Life
Walter L Boggan Graduate Division
Wendy Cordova Office of Student Life (OSL)
Xally Navalos IDEAS Rep
Yaqueline Rodas
Undocumented Student Services
Zaveeni Khan-Marcus Multicultural Center (MCC)
IDEAS Students