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What is new on our website (updated 6/2/14):

  • Are you a student in need of food? View the Resources page for details about the CalFresh program.
  • There are new additions to the Student Spotlight Series below.
  • Check out the Resources tab for new financial resources information provided by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
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Student Spotlight

Here are some of the great things our students are achieving:

Ignelly Taylor was recently awarded the Southern California Edison Scholarship valued at $15,00 over two scholastic years. This prestigious award only went to 10 UCI students. A piece of advice Ignelly has for other students is to stay true to your focus, don't be afraid to open up and reach out to staff and peers.

Bryan Salgado, was selected to receive the Excellence in Research Award for conducting a qualitative study titled "A Qualitative Study of Latino and Non-Latino Homeless Experiences on Skid Row in Los Angeles." Advice he has for others is to not put off or think that you will not receive a leadership opportunity because you're not gifted enough. "You're at UCI, that's testimony that you're qualified enough for anything."

Kim Huynh, has recently earned the Arroyo Vista Residant Assistant position. Apiece of advice from Kim: If you are nervous with interviews, like I am, I recommend practicing with a friend or by yourself to learn how to effectively display your character against tummy tied knots of nerves.

Laurel Dang, 2010-2013 SSS Peer Educator, was recently highlighted in the OC Register.

Cristian Martinez is a former Orangewood Children's Foundation Peer Mentor and recipient of the Children's Trust Fund scholarship during her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine. She participated in the Guardian Scholars Program and graduated with her bachelor's degree in political science and a 3.8 GPA (spring 2010). Last year, she went to Washington D.C. to spend some time working for our U.S. Department of State and then to the Dominican Republic on a Fulbright Research Fellowship grant to conduct her research on minority women and children's access to health care.

Daniel Cano, 2013-2014 SSS Peer Educator, will participate in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) summer institute, at the University of Michigan, a 7 week all paid for program focusing on strengthening quantitative reasoning and communication skills to analyze policy issues. It gives him the opportunity to take classes and network with students across the country and makes him a more competitive candidate for graduate school in the area of public policy. Daniel's aspiration is to be in student affairs and this program could benefit him in the long run to analyze and propose policies relating to higher education.

Welcome to Student Support Services

Housed within the Division of Undergraduate Education, Student Support Services (SSS) is an academic support program dedicated to helping first-generation college, low-income, former foster youth, and /or disabled students succeed and thrive at UCI. The goal of SSS is to help students successfully transition to UC Irvine and make the most of their academic experience. SSS offers drop-in counseling and advising, provided by professional staff, faculty, and student peers, organizes weekly workshops on academic and social opportunities at UCI, and coordinates summer academic programs for incoming students.  

Housed within the Division of Undergraduate Education, Student Support Services (SSS) is an academic support program dedicated to helping first-generation college, low-income, former foster youth, and/or disabled students succeed and thrive at UCI. Our goals are to help students transition and maximize their college experiences so that they can successfully thrive at UCI.

Our Student Population

First generation students are students whose parent(s) did not earn a four-year college degree. Note that if your parent(s) earned a college-degree outside of the U.S. you are still considered a first generation student.

Low-Income is based on federal and state definitions and is determine by a student’s submitted FAFSA and/or California Dream Act application.

Former Foster Youth status is determined through the provision of documentation to our office from the state or county that confirms your current and/or former ward of the court status. Join us on our Former Foster Youth (FFY) Facebook group!

Our Staff


Dr. Victoria Basolo, Faculty Director

Associate Professor of Planning, Policy and Design in the School of Social Ecology. For information about her research interests, view https://eee.uci.edu/clients/basolo/

Office: 2100 Student Service II
E-mail: basolo@uci.edu

Dr. Natalie Schonfeld, Director

Natalie has worked at UC Irvine for nearly 15 years, including three years in the Division of Undergraduate Education doing assessment and research on undergraduate engagement and success at UCI. She received her B.A. from Pomona College, where she double majored in Government and French Literature, and her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in Educational Studies. Her dissertation addressed the relationship between race, ethnicity, & immigration status and student success in higher education. Natalie is committed to issues of access and student success in higher education and works to help students develop the confidence and discipline to complete their undergraduate education.

Office: 2100 Student Services II
E-mail: nschonfe@uci.edu

Ankur Kumar, Outreach Coordinator

Ankur earned his Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Counseling from the University of Southern California (USC). Ankur most recently served as an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Advisor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. Ankur is excited to join SSS, work with UCI’s remarkable students, and collaborate with colleagues.

Office: 2100 Student Services II


Tameyka Love, Counselor

Tameyka was a re-entry student who transferred to UC Irvine from Irvine Valley College in Fall 2006. She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology, a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Planning and Human Services in June 2008.

Office: 2100 Student Services II
E-mail: tlove@uci.edu

Dianna Mendoza, Office Manager

Dianna has worked at UCI for 23 years all within the Division of Undergraduate Education. Since Fall 2011, she has been working in Student Transition Services as the Office Manager for both Student Support Services and the Transfer Student Center. Dianna is excited to meet the students our office serves and help them achieve their goals while at UCI.

Office: 2100 Student Services II

2013-2014 SSS PEER Educators

Feel free to contact them at ssspeer@uci.edu

Scroll down to learn more about each of the SSS Peer Educators

Kim Pham

Major/minor: Biological Sciences
Future Career Goals: Attend medical school and become a radiologist
Campus Involvement:
On-campus research
Favorite Pastime/hobby: Hanging out with friends, playing tennis, catching up on my bad reality TV shows, and roaming around Orange County with friends for some good food!
Ask me About: The Biological Sciences major, interesting classes to take for GE's, academic resources like LARC and Peer Tutors, effective study tips, essay writing, how to survive during the much dreaded midterms/finals week, and how to enjoy UCI as a commuter.

Nancy Lam

Major/minor: Public Health Sciences
Future Career Goals: Apply and attend medical school
Campus Involvement:
Public Health Association, Campuswide Honors Program
Favorite Pastime/hobby: Spending time with family and friends, perusing food blogs, learning new languages, watching TED videos, early morning walks, chatting with old people, and mulling over the meaning of life.
Ask me About: Campuswide Honors Program, being a Public Health Sciences major, sustainable college cooking, Humanities Core, finding motivation in school.

Daniel Cano

Major/minor: Social Policy and Public Service with a minor in Psychology and Social Behavior
Future Career Goals: Attend graduate school for higher education and educational administration in a university
Campus Involvement:
Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) and Peer Educator for Student Support Services
Favorite Pastime/hobby:
relaxing and going to the beach, playing baseball, soccer, and basketball, cooking desserts like brownies and pizookies (my favorite), writing and recording rap songs (if you do too then let's link up), and of course meeting new people!
Ask me about: The difference between cognitive science and psychology and social behavior, how to go about choosing a major, how to navigate through college, how to balance your time, Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP), resources on campus like the Social Sciences Academic Resource Center (SARC)
and Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center.


Shirley Kuan

Major/minor: Biological Sciences
Future Career Goals: Take the MCAT, apply to medical school and become a primary care physician.
Campus Involvement:
Red Cross Club, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), on campus research, Leadership Development Program with Summer Session, High School Summer Scholars Intern, and Summer Bridge.
Favorite Pastime/hobby: Volunteering at the UCI Medical Center, making paper crafts, drawing, reading, watching Bones and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I also enjoy swimming, playing tennis, going on adventures with friends, cooking, sale shopping, playing games, meeting new people and further developing my relationship with those that I already know.
Ask me about: Getting involved in Summer Session as a Summer Program Intern, going to a volunteer trip to a Mexican orphanage, anything about being a biological sciences major, finding new opportunities, dealing with stress, time management, or just about anything!

Bryan Salgado

Major/minor: Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Education
Future Career Goals: Attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in Education or Clinical Psychology. Most importantly, I eventually hope to one day open up a center for disadvantage children where they can play and study. I want to spark the mind that will one day change the world, hopefully.
Campus Involvement:
Helping Hearts for the Homeless, School of Social Ecology Honors Program, Peer Assistant for Education courses and research with graduate student Marcela Martinez and Professor Thad Domina.  
Favorite Pastime/hobby: I enjoy long walks on the beach (I really do!), I love to hike and explore different places. I love getting on the metro in Los Angeles and getting lost in different cities; something about getting lost and finding your way is exciting to me. I LOVE cooking. Most importantly, I love spending time with friends and family. Oh, I also love romantic movies as well; my favorite movie of all time being "Before Sunrise" which I believe EVERYONE should check out!
Ask me about: Getting involved in research at the Education department, issues on homelessness since I am currently doing research on it (let me know if you want to get involved). Also ask me about applying to the honors program and getting in contact with professors at the School of Social Ecology! You can also ask me about how to deal with the struggles of commuting and how to balance your days out since it took me nearly 3 years of commuting from Southeast Los Angeles to achieve it.

Yash Patel

Major/minor: Biological Sciences and a double minor in Medical Anthropology and Public Health
Future Career Goals: Attend medical school
Campus Involvement:
TEDxUCIrvine, Pre Health Alliance, research, Irvine Clinical Experience (I.C.E.) and Summer Bridge
Favorite Pastime/hobby: Watching TED videos, reading books especially autobiographies, playing badminton, volunteering at St. Joseph Hospital, meeting new people, spending time with friends, and being spontaneous.
Ask me about:
Classes and planning in biological sciences, doing well in biology and chemistry classes, taking Humanities Core, being a Summer Resident Advisor, and joining different campus organizations, volunteering, getting involved in research, getting to know your professor, time management, managing commitments, Summer Bridge, being a Peer Educator for Student Support Services and Transfer Student Center. I love to talk with people so ask anything!


We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your academic and personal goals.



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