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Monica Mendieta

College Adviser Fellow, Richmond High School
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Monica Mendieta

College Adviser Fellow, Richmond High School

Monica Mendieta is a first-generation college student from the agricultural town of Oxnard, CA. She was born into a family of financially struggling Mexican immigrants who, through hardships, taught her the value of hard work and education. She attended Ventura College after becoming the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She first discovered her passion for working with first-generation students when she worked as a Peer Adviser for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services program at Ventura College. After two years she transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with the help of a full-ride scholarship. At UCSB she went on to become a strong advocate for Transfer Students, First-Generation college students, LGBTQIA+ students, and Undocumented students. She went on to serve as a Peer Educator at the UCSB Transfer Student Center, and as the 2018-2019 Lead Student Mentor for the UCSB Educational Opportunity Program. She recently graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies. Monica is extremely passionate about making higher education accessible to all students and would love to talk to you about how to achieve your goals.

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