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Cynthia Rafael Jimenez

College Adviser Fellow, Mt. Diablo High School
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Cynthia Rafael Jimenez

College Adviser Fellow, Mt. Diablo High School

Cynthia Rafael is a Latina, daughter of immigrant parents, who was born and raised in Napa, California. She is a first-generation college student, who has recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz! As a first-generation student she was aware that her journey to higher education has a lot more challenging than her peers, however what shocked her the most was the lack of support from her high school advisors to her and her Latino peers. Realizing this allowed her passion for student support to grow, as she wants to ensure that all students are supported adequately to have the option of attaining higher education. While at UC Santa Cruz she supported students through her Peer Advising position at College Ten, as well as through tutoring students who were taking Spanish courses. When in these positions she was actively reminding herself to listen to students needs and ensure effective support.

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