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About Us

The Guardian Scholars Program at UCSB currently supports approximately 180 students. The program helps to ensure that incoming students have a smooth transition into the UCSB community and are provided with a network of services to enhance their educational experience. The program provides academic advising, leadership opportunities, campus resource referral, mentoring, student advocacy, career guidance, social support and much more!

Program Coordinators


Stephany Rubio

Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator

Office of Admissions, 1234 Cheadle Hall
(805) 893-5631
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Lisa Przekop

Guardian Scholars Program Advisor
UCSB Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions, 1234 Cheadle Hall
(805) 893-3641

Peer Advocates

Our Peer Advisors are students of the Guardian Scholars Program who have been hired to assist in programmatic activities and development. As the front line staff, the Peer Advisors are the face of the program from the perspective of their fellow students. They facilitate meetings, plan and conduct student activities, and lead the student organization of the program.


Peer Advocates will be announced this Fall 2019.

Departmental Liaisons

The Guardian Scholars Advisory Committee is made up of a dozen UCSB staff who have volunteered to serve as their respective departmental liaisons to the program and our students. Due to their support, Guardian Scholars receive priority consideration, expedited appointments, and most of all, access to compassionate staff with whom they can trust. 

 Name Position Email

Cuca Acosta

Associate Director, Office of Admissions

(805) 893-2307

Jeff Landeck

Writing, ESL & Foreign Language Coordinator, CLAS

(805) 893-4757

Dr. Meridith Merchant

Psychologist, Counseling Services

(805) 893-4411


Mario Munoz

Assistant Director, Apartment Assignment Services, Housing and Residential Services

(805) 893-7391

Rebecca Plotkin

Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

(805) 893-5949

Jack Rivas

Academic Advisor, College of Letters and Science

(805) 893-2948

Lana Smith-Hale

Career Counselor, Career Services

(805) 893-4649

Jessica Paredes

Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

(805) 893-4578

Andrew Vesper

Chief Social Worker, Student Health

(805) 893-3380