The 2021 STEP Team
Melissa Macias-Flores, Lead Student Coordinator
Melissa is a first-generation, fourth-year Sociology and Psychology major from the small town of Riverdale, California. She was born in Fresno, California, but was raised in the rural outskirts for the majority of her life. In the near future, she aspires to become a social worker focused on working with fostered youth. She plans to complete her Masters's in Social Work and thereafter work in the Central Valley with the community she grew up with. On-campus, Melissa is a research assistant for the Interpersonal Development Lab and for a Sociology study on social/ethnic socialization. Off-campus, Melissa is a Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Merced County, where she evaluates facilities and advocates for residents' rights in long-term care facilities. During her spare time, Melissa loves to volunteer and spend time with her family and friends. She is always willing to chat and help. Feel free to visit her during her greeting hours. She is more than happy to help!
Schedule an appointment here: https://calendly.com/mmacias-flores/online-student-coordinator-meeting?m...
Spring Student Hours: Monday (10am-12pm)(1pm-4:30pm) | Tuesday (10am-12pm) | Wednesday (10am-12pm) | Thursday (10am-12pm) | Friday (10am-12pm)(1pm-4:30pm)
Jasmine Posada, Student Coordinator
Jasmine is a passionate, fourth-year, undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology along with a minor in Anthropology. She is from North Hollywood, Los Angeles and is currently part of a Developmental and Parasitology Immunology Lab and hopes to one day become a Physician-Scientist in the field of Immunology. Her determination and commitment to succeed in academia comes from her parents. As a first-generation college student, she aspires to and acts as a role model for future leaders through mentorship, leadership, and research. Being part of an organization called Global Medical Training Jasmine was able to travel to Nicaragua and serve medically deprived communities. Feel free to come in during walk-in hours with any questions or concerns, she is always glad to help!
Schedule an appointment here: https://calendly.com/jasmineposada/mentormeeting
Spring Student Hours: Monday (1pm- 5:30pm) | Tuesday (8am-9am) (10am-12pm) (1pm- 5:30pm) | Thursday (8am-9am)(1pm-5:30pm)
Guadalupe Camacho-Garcia, Student Coordinator
Lupita grew up in the rural town of King City in the Monterey Bay area. She was part of TRiO’s Educational Talent Search in high school which encouraged her to go to college and is now a third-year at UC Merced, majoring in Public Health and Psychology. Lupita is involved in Greek life at UCM, both professional and social, as well as health-related clubs. She’s passionate about helping communities like the ones she’s grown up in and hopes to go to graduate school to pursue a degree in higher education or public health.
Schedule an appointment here: https://calendly.com/lupita317/30min
Spring Student Hours: Monday/Wednesday (10am - 11:30am) (3:30pm- 5:00pm) | Tuesday/Thursday/Friday (1pm-5:00pm)
Keila De La O, Student Coordinator
Keila De La O is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Psychology. She was raised in Solana Beach, CA to Mexican immigrants from Guerrero, Mexico who have instilled the values of perseverance, acceptance, and humility. As a first-generation college student and one of the oldest in her large family, sharing advice, serving as a mentor, and learning from her own challenges to teach others has allowed her to motivate and inspire others to keep going. After undergrad, Keila hopes to further her education and pursue a career in women's reproductive health, fertility or pediatrics through healthcare. Keila participated in the Yosemite Leadership Program, she is an Emergency Department Volunteer at Mercy Medical Center, a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, and is most currently a volunteer at her local food distribution center.
Schedule an appointment here: https://calendly.com/kdelao/student-coordinator-meetings
Spring Student Hours: Monday (9:30am -12:00pm) (1:00pm - 5:00pm) | Tuesday (8:00am - 9:00am) (1:00pm - 4:00) | Wednesday (2:00pm - 5:30pm) | Thursday (8:00am - 9:00am) (1:00pm - 4:00)
Raised in Firebaugh, CA, Alex was inspired by her rural upbringing and college involvement to pursue a career in higher education. Prior to coming to UC Merced, Alex was active as a student and staff member in a number of TRiO and state-funded educational programs. She hopes to implement practical and engaging programming that will support scholars meet their academic and professional goals.
Alex is a double alumnus from Fresno State, where she received her Master's in Counseling. She enjoys spending time with friends, going outdoors, and sits on the Alumni board of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.
Office Hours by Appointment: Tuesday's and Wednesday's 9:30-11:30 AM & 1:30-3:30 PM
Spring Student Hours (By Appointment Only): https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=12907243&calendarID=...