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 Spring 2022 STEP Team 


STUDENT COORDINATORS  

Guadalupe Camacho-Garcia, Lead Student Coordinator

Email: gcamacho-garcia@ucmerced.edu

Lupita is a fourth-year student majoring in Public Health and Psychology. She was born in Arkansas but was mostly raised in the rural Salinas Valley. As a past TRiO program participant herself, she hopes to enter the field of Higher Education to help students of similar underserved backgrounds. Lupita is involved in the social sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.

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Keila De La O, Student Coordinator

Email: kdelao@ucmerced.edu

Keila De La O is a fourth-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 has participated in the Yosemite Leadership Program, LEAD Pre-health, served as an Emergency Department volunteer at Mercy Medical Center and she is currently a member of Phi Delta Epsilon.

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    Daniela Contreras, Student Coordinator

    Email: dcontreras34@ucmerced.edu

Daniela is a first-year undergraduate student majoring in Sociology. She was born and raised in Hollister, California. She is also the youngest daughter to an Immigrant Mexican single mother. Daniela is a first-generation college student hoping to give back to her community. As a previous AVID student, serving as a mentor is one way she would like to give back to her community. As a mentor she would be of service by being supportive, providing assistance throughout your undergraduate journey, pledging to your support, as well as trying her best to inspire others. After undergrad, Daniela hopes to attend post-graduate education and later enter the Social field of public relations.

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  Yendy Padilla-Hernandez, Student Coordinator

   Email: ypadilla-hernandez@ucmerced.edu

 Yendy is a third-year undergrad student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Management and Business Economics. She was raised in East Los Angeles, CA, and a daughter of two Mexican immigrants. As a first-born child of four, low-income, and first-generation college student she would often have herself to rely on, in searching and taking advantage of the opportunities presented to her. As she personally understands the struggles that come with her background, she hopes she can serve as a mentor to any and all students who may share a similar experience. She is highly passionate and motivated to contribute to student’s academic and personal endeavors by providing guidance and resources to help them succeed.  

 Along with being a STEP student coordinator, she is also actively involved in other organizations on-campus. She is the Internal Vice-President and Treasurer for Merced Pre-Law Society, the SSHA Senator for ASUCM, and has interned for the California State Capital. Fun fact: her favorite sport is soccer and has even participated in UC Merced’s Intramural Sports. In the future, she plans on attending law school to study both Immigration & Business Law. She hopes to pursue a career as an attorney to represent and serve her Latinx community with their socio-economic struggles.  

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  Emily Ruiz, Student Coordinator

   Email: eruiz47@ucmerced.edu

Emily is a fourth-year student majoring in Sociology with a minor in Management and Business Economics. She is from Madera, Ca, a short drive from Merced. Coming from a first-generation background, she hopes to become a mentor to students like her in her Student Coordinator role. Emily wishes to pursue a career in Student Affairs for a university or go into the business field. Alongside STEP, Emily is part of the Fiat Lux Scholars program on-campus and was an Orientation Leader in Summer 2020.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR 

Alexandra Chavez

Email: achavez100@ucmerced.edu

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.

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