Peer Mentors

All the SOC/CJS major peer mentors can answer questions about both majors.  They will also help you locate resources on campus for jobs, internships and service learning experiences.  They can even help you meet a faculty member. Our major peer mentors hold regular office hours in the Department office on the 5th floor of the BSS, BSS 518.

Ashleigh - Peer Mentor

Ashleigh DeFraga

Senior, Criminology and Justice Studies

I am Portuguese and my entire family is from Portugal. However, I was born in Sacramento. I speak three languages fluently: Portuguese, Spanish and English.  This is my third and last year at HSU. In that short time I’ve fallen in love with it. My major is Criminology and Justice Studies. I have two minors: Psychology and Philosophy.  My studies here focused on juvenile delinquency and the law. I will be going to law school and hope to be a lawyer for kids.   I am involved in the Juvenile Hall Recreation Program (JHRP) through Youth Educational Services (YES) on campus. We spend 3 hours a week mentoring the youth in the hall.  I am also familiar with other YES House programs, such as those that work with foster kids, the homeless, the Latinx community, and LGBTQ youth.  I love hanging out with friends, trying new places to eat, and adventuring the endless beautiful sights Humboldt has to offer. I’m very energetic and talkative.  I love working with people because I get to put those skills to great use.  I’m absolutely stoked to be a peer mentor and to have this opportunity to work with everyone. Email Ashleigh
 

Belen - Peer MentorBelen Gutierrez

Senior, Criminology and Justice Studies

I am originally from Santa Ana, CA.  I am a senior majoring in Criminology and Justice Studies with a minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies. Throughout my time here at HSU, I have been heavily involved with the Youth Educational Services (YES) on campus. YES is a great way to get involved in the community through their 12 different volunteering opportunities. In my sophomore year I directed the YES program STEP UP, which is an HSU alternative spring break.  I loved every bit of it.  We volunteered in the Sacramento area working on houselessness and poverty.  I am passionate about empowering and standing in solidarity with my communities. When I have free time, I enjoy watching Netflix and eating chicken wings. My favorite outdoor location in Humboldt County is the Luffenholtz Lookout Point.  It has an amazing picturesque view.  I hope I can help you find your safe space at HSU. I look forward to meeting you! Email Belen
 

Peer Mentors from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 Academic Year included, Marilyn Villalba a Criminology and Justice Studies Major and Grecia Alfaro a Sociology Major.

Peer Mentors from the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Peer Mentors for the 2016-2017 Academic Year included, Marilyn Villalba a Criminology and Justice Studies Major, Thomas Ramirez a Sociology Major and Nur Seirafi a Sociology Major.

Peer Mentors from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Peer Mentors for the 2015-2016 Academic Year included, Raya Reza a Criminology and Justice Studies Major, Thomas Ramirez a Sociology Major and La'Shall Walls a Criminology and Justice Studies Major.