From Internship to Success

Lucero Mendoza, an intern who worked with Kremen’s Center for Advising and Student Services, is now pursuing her master’s degree in Student Affairs and College Counseling. She is projected to graduate by Spring 2023, after which, she plans to become an academic counselor in higher education. The knowledge and life skills she gained through her internship prompted her to continue reaching for her dreams, instilling her with a sense of purpose and renewed confidence.

Unfortunately, Mendoza did not have a smooth transition to college. Being a first-generation college student, she was not equipped to navigate the intimidating environment of higher education. Because of this, she decided early on that she wanted to use her future degree to help assist other first-generation college students facing the same predicament. Throughout her first year of college, Mendoza was part of a support program called “College Assistance Migrant Program” (CAMP). CAMP not only provided her with valuable resources but also introduced her to the Student Affairs College Counseling program. She began seeking assistance from peer mentors within the program. This motivated her to become a support system for other students who may also be struggling or simply need someone to talk to.

Mendoza’s internship at Kremen has helped prepare her for a future position in higher education by showing her the foundational principles of college counseling. Over the course of the last year, she has developed a new outlook regarding academic advising.

“I now understand how important it is to build a rapport with students, learning how to put oneself in their shoes. This has allowed me to take into consideration the fact that students have other responsibilities outside of their academic life, and because of this, counselors must approach each student with kindness and an open mind.”

Lucero Mendoza

Mendoza has also learned the importance of networking with other professionals. Throughout her internship, she has taken part in the Teacher Recruitment Fair and has also joined the Campus Advisors Network, where she was able to learn how other advising centers operated across campus, including any new changes that were happening. Mendoza also had the opportunity to connect with the Liberal Studies Dean, as well as other counseling members from their department. These opportunities have given her the chance to get to know other professionals in her field and learn more about their unique journeys to higher education.

Lucero Mendoza (Second from far left) with some of the other staff members at the Center for Advising and Student Services.

Working with the Center for Advising and Student Services has allowed Mendoza to gain a vast array of technical experience. Through them, she mastered how to navigate PeopleSoft, Bulldog Connect, and Zoom. Some of the other skills she has acquired include building effective communication pathways amongst students, discovering how to motivate individuals, and learning how to become an approachable person. Mendoza quickly realized the importance of having good listening skills and now strives to be as attentive to students as possible. She wants to make sure her students feel understood and validated when coming in for a session. Through Kremen, she has been taught the importance of working as a collaborative team while also building healthy relationships with both her coworkers and students. 

One of the techniques Mendoza has adopted is being flexible with her student’s availability, especially with 98% of student meetings now occurring via Zoom. At times, students may prefer having a phone call or do not feel comfortable meeting face-to-face. Other times, they are only available in the late evenings or after school hours. To Mendoza, it is extremely important to meet students halfway and remind them that she is there to support them in any way she can. Through working with the advisors at Kremen, she has learned many different techniques on how to approach students. One of her biggest takeaways is remembering to always check in with her students and conduct a follow-up after their appointment.

Organization is another crucial skill that Mendoza picked up during her internship with the counseling center. She began to utilize platforms such as Google Calendar to help itemize priorities and to keep herself from over-booking.

“Juggling school, work, and an internship can quickly become overwhelming, but having a calendar helped me to stay accountable and on track. I also used it to remind myself to take self-care days, allowing my mind to naturally reset during stressful semesters.”

Lucero Mendoza

 Mendoza loves sharing this tool with her students, knowing that it will help them exert more responsibility over their academic lives.  

For Mendoza, the Center for Advising and Student Services will always be an environment filled with positivity and encouragement. The staff members provided her with tremendous support and guidance throughout her first year as an advisor intern. One of the most poignant memories Mendoza made during her internship was when Kremen hosted a Christmas potluck. It was her first-time meeting everyone in person since joining the department. She was amazed at how well everyone got along, something that made her feel included immediately.

Lucero attending the Christmas potluck with her coworkers.

Being with Kremen has made Mendoza realize that she wants to secure a job that makes her feel welcome and understood, a place where everyone works as a team and shares the same goal of supplying the best possible service for students.

(Written by Audra Burwell, a Creative Writing Student Employed by The Kremen School of Education and Human Development)

Internship Spotlight: Cristofer Araujo

Cristofer Araujo

Cristofer Araujo is currently interning both at the Fresno State Kremen School of Education and Human development, as well as at Fresno City College with the Dream Center, while also pursuing his masters in Student Affairs and College Counseling (SACC) which he will be receiving in spring of 2022. Cristofer’s internship at Kremen has prepared him in a variety of ways by allowing him to work directly with students, integrating what he has learned in the classroom into his academic sessions, as well as gaining the experience he’ll need when he finishes his master’s degree and begins searching for employment.

He has been learning new programs such as PeopleSoft and Bulldog Connect, while also gaining crucial social skills. He enjoys making students feel validated by acknowledging what the student needs in order to provide them with the full assistance they require to get back on track with their academics and find balance in all aspects of life. Providing friendly customer service to each of the students that he contacts is one of the specialized approaches that Cristofer has acquired during his internship. Making every meeting approachable by establishing professional student relationships is something he prides himself on. 

One of the highlights of his internship at Kremen is being able to network with other professionals in his field and feeling welcomed by the academic community as they continue to treat him as a true professional. One of his favorite memories while interning was the first day he walked into the office. The staff warmly embraced him and welcomed him onto their team, involving Cristofer in all of their events and allowing him to connect with each of the members.

While interning, he also learned more about organizations such as the Student Support Network, discovering the numerous tools they provide for students who struggle with time management, exam anxiety, while also offering ways a student can achieve balance in their life.

Cristofer has also acquired many interpersonal communication skills during his internship, learning in great detail all of the procedures that students must perform in order to reach a specific point in their academic career, such as which forms to fill out and how to do so. He is now able to explain topics more thoroughly and create new ways to interact with students who may have a difficult time understanding particular procedures. The overall tone of his internship at Kremen is friendly, professional, inclusive and inviting, allowing his natural talents to grow and develop. 

(Written by Audra Burwell, a Creative Writing student employed by the Kremen School of Education and Human Development .)

Building Connections and Paving a Path to Opportunity

Guadalupe Arriaga grew up in the Central Valley, the rural, agricultural economy and the tight-knit community leaving a lasting impression on her childhood. She chose to study at Fresno State because she wanted to stay close to home throughout her college career and because it was an affordable, yet still attainable university for a first-generation student. Arriaga was fearful of moving away and after researching all of the programs and support networks Fresno State offered, she realized they would open the door to numerous opportunities for her. 

Remembering back to her freshman year of college, Arriaga reflects on some of the lessons she learned, one of which was staying on track with her degree plan in order to accelerate her time in classes. From the inception of her academic career, Arriaga’s goal was to obtain a degree and find a job as soon as possible. She was constantly looking for ways to connect with people, reaching out for help from academic counselors and searching out new opportunities that presented themselves. When first entering her classes, Arriaga was insecure with her writing skills and current knowledge, so she began to take advantage of the services offered by the tutoring center on a regular basis. Looking back, she realizes that she didn’t necessarily need all of these services, but it was having the security and reassurance that she was not alone in her journey. 

Arriaga explains how actively participating in projects and organizations on campus while taking a strong role in the direction of her learning helped her to stay on track. She explains how college is never the end of the road, since after graduating more challenges and obstacles presented themselves. However, with the valuable skills and lessons she learned at Fresno State, she was able to tackle them confidently. One of the accomplishments Arriaga is most proud of is the fact that she did not owe any loans after graduation and was able to avoid college debt entirely. She remembers working two to three jobs to cover tuition while still finding time to study and attend to her educational responsibilities. While at Fresno State, Arriaga was part of a program called Interact, which is a leadership program that helps with counseling and leading young adults. Toward the end of her undergraduate degree, Arriaga did begin to receive scholarships and grants which helped ease the burden of working full time. 

Currently, Arriaga is a teacher at Orange Center Elementary which belongs to a small, family-oriented district. Many parents send their children to this particular school because it is one they attended growing up and one where they made many fond memories on campus. Arriaga loves working with bilingual students and finding ways to implement Spanish in her classroom. She teaches the second grade and one of her greatest joys is seeing her students speaking in their native tongue and feeling comfortable being fluent in multiple languages. Arriaga is also part of several school committees, where she is able to offer input and help make decisions for the school. She has been featured multiple times on PBS where she talks about child education. Orange Center Elementary also hosts a variety of cultural events for their students, such as altar decorating and traditional potlucks. Arriaga is grateful for the work ethic and drive which Fresno State instilled in her. She was always busy and productive as a student at the university, two traits which remain consistent even in her lifestyle now. 

(Written by Audra Burwell, a Creative Writing student employed by the Kremen School of Education and Human Development .)

An Inspiration to the Deaf Community: How Omar Ruiz Became a Three-time Alumnus and an American Sign Language Instructor

Omar Ruiz

For Omar Ruiz, pursuing a doctoral degree was never his intention, but rather an endeavor that happened purely by coincidence. As a young boy, he was fascinated by UPS trucks and dreamt of one day driving one professionally, but along the way, his career path shifted – and as it turns out, life had other plans in store for him.  

This month, Ruiz will be one of two Deaf students to earn their doctorate degree at Fresno State, with Ruiz earning a doctorate specifically in Educational Leadership. With his latest degree, Ruiz will be a three-time Fresno State alumnus, having also received a master’s degree in Multilingual Multicultural Education and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He joins a small, but elite, number of Deaf professionals to earn a doctorate degree in education.

A testament to his perseverance and dedication, Ruiz channeled his passion and firsthand experience into his doctoral dissertation, “Exploring the communication and systematic barriers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing graduate students in higher education”.

Ruiz said the research explores the experiences, roadblocks, and inequalities Deaf and Hard of Hearing students face daily in academia. 

When pursuing his doctorate, Ruiz knew it would not only be challenging, but would also open up countless doors of opportunity and allow him to impact more individuals.

“I love being part of a cohort and also being presented with opportunities to contribute to the deaf community,” Ruiz said.  

Throughout his academic journey at Fresno State, Omar has worked closely with his ASL interpreter, Michelle Tindall, who he says has been a huge contributor to his academic success.

Born and raised in Ensenada, Mexico, Ruiz did not learn English until he was 16 years old. At 17, he emigrated to the U.S. and by 18, graduated from high school.

“It was a whirlwind for me. One year I cannot speak one word in English and the next I am graduating from high school in America.”

Omar Ruiz

Not long after, he attended community college in Huntington Beach for one year, later dropping out, citing his difficulties studying and retaining information due to the shortage of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters on campus. He returned to college a few years later at CSU Bakersfield. The setbacks he faced in his earlier college years set the pace for his future aspirations.

Now, Ruiz is an ASL instructor at Clovis Community College – a career he loves. Prior to that, he was a career counselor at the Fresno Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center for seven years. He says there are many barriers the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community still face. In fact, he can vividly recall spending many hours trying to convince managers, human resources, and companies to give Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals a chance at employment.

“As time went on, it became clear to me I was fighting the wrong battle,” Ruiz said. “Afterwards, I decided to become an ASL instructor in order to teach the next generation about communication and what Deaf and Hard and Hearing individuals are truly capable of.”

After earning his doctorate, Ruiz aspires to write an educational book and pursue an administrative role within the education sector. Looking ahead, Ruiz is filled with gratitude as he thinks about where his academic and professional journey has led him thus far.

“It is gratifying to be part of the small group of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals who have earned a doctorate,” Ruiz said. “I never looked at earning my doctorate as my goal, but nevertheless, I have enjoyed every minute of the journey so far.”

Deaf people succeeding in life is not inspirational, it is literally just what happens if you give them a fair chance and accessibility.

Naomi Smart

(Written by Audra Burwell, a Creative Writing Student, within the Kremen School of Education and Human Development)

Hannah Perez – ARCA Student of the Year

Hannah Perez is a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program, who has been enrolled at Fresno State since Fall 2020. Hannah began studying at Fresno State as a graduate student, after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Cognitive Science degree at UC Davis. She is currently the co-president of the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association (RCSA), and an activities coach at the Wayfinders program.

Hannah Perez

Hannah will be receiving the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s Masters Student of the Year Award. This award recognizes graduate level students for their achievements, commitments, and contributions to the rehabilitation counseling field. Hannah feels incredibly honored that she was considered for a nomination by her advisor and program coordinator, Dr. Castillo. She says that she would have never expected an opportunity or achievement such as this to fall into her lap. She is incredibly proud of herself for earning this achievement, and making it to this monumental stage in life.

Hannah would like to give a huge thank you to her advisor and program coordinator, Dr. Castillo, for suggesting this award. She has continually provided Hannah with opportunities to further her professional development and has been one of Hannah’s biggest supporters during her time in the program. Hannah would also like to thank some of her best friends who are also enrolled in the program, Yvette, Christina, and Sabrina. She explains how they have supported her through this journey by believing in her when she began to doubt herself and encouraging her to reach her goals. Lastly, Hannah would like to thank her family for their unconditional and constant support. Receiving this award feels incredibly unreal, Hannah states, something that only pushes her further toward success in her chosen field. This award is the most prolific achievement she has made thus far in her academic career. She is proud that all of the hard work she has put into herself and her future is finally paying off.

Hannah will be graduating in the Spring of 2023 with her Masters of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. After graduation, she plans on earning her certification as a rehabilitation counselor as well as beginning the process of accruing hours towards licensure as a professional clinical counselor. She plans to continue working with college students with disabilities and mental health disparities. She is extremely passionate about working in this field and wants to continue advocating for and supporting these individuals along their journey.

(Written by Audra Burwell, a Creative Writing Student, Employed by The Kremen School of Education and Human Development)


At the core of his profession, Dr. Ramar Henderson sees himself as a healer – someone who is “courageous and intentional about collaborating with an individual who is hurt and devising a plan to become complete in the broken places.”

That’s why he started the Racial Healing Circle at Fresno State, to provide a dedicated space to help those affected by the pain of racism on psychological, spiritual, physical and emotional levels.

Henderson, an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the Kremen School for Education and Human Development, was first introduced to racial healing circles at the Atlanta Association of Black Psychologists conference in 2011. He was fascinated by the concept and felt it was a vital component to helping heal racism. He said it was refreshing to encounter healers that were explicit about speaking to the psychological pain of racism.

Henderson strives to provide a safe space for individuals to talk about experiences with racism.

“It has been extremely beneficial to the individuals who have attended, many of whom have been looking for a place such as this for a long time, where they can openly share their traumas and struggles without fear of judgment.”

Dr. Ramar Henderson

For example, some students have talked about how the lack of conversations around race and racism can make them uncomfortable, and they have discussed issues related to inequity in programming.

Dr. Ramar Henderson (right) leads a monthly Racial Healing Circle on campus where students can share experiences in a safe, supportive environment.

With newly emerging healing spaces available on campus, many individuals have begun to feel more accepted and embraced by the academic community, Henderson said.

The Racial Healing Circle began in October 2020, and, until fall 2021, was held virtually. It is now being hosted monthly, in person at the Cross Cultural and Gender Center at Fresno State.

The Racial Healing Circle partners with the Cross Cultural Gender Center, where Brianna White leads African American Programs and Services. Dr. Francine Oputa, the former director of the center, helped inspire Henderson to start the program.

Henderson facilitates the discourse and models how to provide appropriate support during the discussion while the attendees sit in a circle around him. Participants are encouraged and validated by their peers. Faculty and staff representation, along with peer support, can be therapeutic in a dedicated space such as this one, Henderson said.

For more information on the monthly Racial Healing Circle, or other events, visit the Cross Cultural and Gender Center calendar.

(Story by Audra Burwell, creative writing student assistant in the Kremen School)

Kremen School equips student interns with skills to flourish and succeed

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development provides a broad variety of internships that help prepare Fresno State students for their future careers, teaching them valuable technical skills and instilling in them the confidence that allows for a smooth transition into their professional industries.

Marivel Bravo-Mendosa

Marivel Bravo-Mendosa began working on her master’s degree at Fresno State in the fall of 2017. Being enrolled in the Student Affairs and College Counseling program required her to complete 700 hours of supervised counseling experience. When exploring internship opportunities, Mendosa discovered that the Kremen School of Education and Human Development had an open internship position in its Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Department. After applying, Mendosa was quickly catapulted into the world of advising, learning how to assist students such as herself with their academic needs.

Interning with the Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Department helped Mendosa in many other ways as well.

She was quickly exposed to many of the things Kremen does for college students both while they are attending Fresno State and after graduation. Mendosa explains how everyone at Kremen was extremely nice and welcoming. She enjoyed getting to know the diverse group of students that apply to Fresno State and being able to assist them on their journey.

“I feel much more confident and prepared to embrace new environments, especially after working with so many different backgrounds. My internship helped me to become more culturally aware and also allowed me to apply the advising skills that I was learning in my classes.”

Marivel Bravo-Mendosa

Now a graduate with a M.S. degree in Counseling, Mendosa fondly looks back on her internship at Kremen.

“I treasure the connections that I made with the students, especially when they were stressed out or unsure of what the program was asking for. I would help them fill out applications and go into detail on what some of the questions meant. It was amazing to see the relief in their eyes once their emotions were validated. It was very empowering and humbling to see that I was making a difference, especially with my first-generation students. Even though it was in my own little corner of the world, at a tiny desk, it was still meaningful,” – Mendosa explains with pride.

Since graduating, Mendosa has continued pursuing her passion in counseling as an Academic Advisor for Enseñamos en el Valle Central. The valuable skills and connections she gained during her internship are now helping aid her as she continues her journey.

Mendosa elaborates on her successful transition to Enseñamos, “interning for Kremen helped me with networking. I got to know a lot of the staff and faculty which was great because now, with Enseñamos, we put on special events and projects which involve reaching out to the rest of the department. It gave me the confidence to work with them directly and to implement a different level of professionalism in our interactions.”

While the Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Department has provided countless hours of training and resources for students, they are only one of the many different internship programs that Kremen offers. The school’s communications team has also helped to prepare numerous interns for their upcoming careers by offering comprehensive training that will help carry them through the rest of their life.

Stacy Hurtado, a current student in the Mass Communication and Journalism bachelor’s program, applied for a communications and marketing internship with the Kremen School during her first summer at Fresno State. After gaining the position, Hurtado expected her assigned work tasks to be mundane in nature, such as organizing files, labelling documents and attending to reminders. The actuality of her internship proved to be much more thrilling and immersive, however, something she is grateful for in retrospect.

“One thing I really miss from my internship is planning my mini summer social media campaign. It threw me for a loop originally because I wasn’t expecting to do something like that. I thought it was just going to be like ‘oh help me out with a couple of instagram posts or tweets’. Working with the school, getting my ideas on paper, brainstorming and making it all come to life, that was really fun.”

Stacy Hurtado

Hurtado’s summer social media campaign was focused on increasing student excitement for returning to campus for the fall semester. She incorporated summer colors, motivational quotes, lighthearted memes and versioned the campaign for three different social channels. “I really cherished the creative freedom that was given to me.”

Hurtado describes some of the skills that she acquired through her internship and how they are now benefitting her current position as Social Media Director of the Fresno State Collegian Newspaper.

“It really helped me with content creation, especially with the planning aspect of it, knowing how to organize articles and campaigns. I had already done similar tasks before but not with that amount of content. It taught me how to do things very quickly, but with the same amount of quality that I was used to,” Hurtado cheerfully explains.

Working as a Communications and Marketing Intern helped to ease the transition for Hurtado after she was hired by The Collegian. All of the organizational skills, design techniques and writing styles she picked up during her internship were instantly transferred to her new and exciting position. She now helps direct all of the social media platforms for Fresno State’s main student news outlet with confidence and assurance.

Phylisha Chaidez, a recent Fresno State graduate, has now been appointed as a Community Health and Wellness Assistant for the Madera County Department of Public Health. She, too, worked closely with the school’s communications team. While pursuing her B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism in the fall of 2019, she began her semester-long internship.

Chaidez warmly reflects on her time at Kremen and how it has shaped her as both an employee and as an individual.

“My internship pushed me to learn new things that I had never had any experience with before such as writing press releases and interviewing people. It made me a better writer,” said Chaidez. “I found the environment very exciting especially when news agencies such as ABC30 came to cover an event or a program we put together.”

Phylisha Chaidez

Chaidez explains how her passion has always been to work in the journalism industry. Attaining this internship was a dream come true. She recalls how she would shadow the school’s Communications Specialist, watching how they conducted their work, while taking notes on their techniques for future reference.

“It introduced me to the world of communication and journalism, making it an easy transition to my current job as a Community Health and Wellness Assistant. It is really neat seeing it all come full circle.”

Looking back on the fond memories she made during her internship, Chaidez describes some of the things she now misses, “I miss the unique method that Fresno State uses to write press releases. A lot of organizations are very straight to the point when it comes to writing publicity material but Fresno State really personalizes their stories, making them more compelling for the reader. One of my favorite stories was centered around a Fresno State graduate who authored a bilingual children’s book for her daughter. I remember that both the Collegian and ABC30 picked that story up. It was amazing to get that amount of publicity, especially for such a heartwarming and visionary story.”

Without the guidance and support that the Kremen School’s communications team offered, Chaidez states that she might not have felt as comfortable entering her current position. Having been given an arsenal of resources and training, she now confidently marches forward in her career.

Oneida Escobar

The Kremen School’s Center for Advising and Student Services has also helped a myriad of individuals find a niche within their particular industry. Oneida Escobar interned with them during a 2-year span while she was pursuing a master’s degree in Student Affairs and College Counseling. After graduating just this year, she is now a counselor at Fresno City College. She works for the Applied Technology Department, focusing on assisting students within the area of technology and trade school occupations. She works to ensure students receive the hands-on training that they need to transfer directly into the workforce.

Escobar explains how the rigorous nature of the training she encountered during her internship helped to prepare her for working in a technical, trade-based environment. She was taught how to construct and give presentations and how to participate in a broad range of areas that encouraged professional development. Attending to the front desk in the Kremen advising center also helped Escobar expand on her interpersonal communication skills and increased her situational preparedness.

“The training I received from the Advising Center was extremely hands-on and prepared me for working in different sectors that were previously outside my comfort zone. I was taught how to advise students one on one through zoom, provide credential information to interested applicants, and how to facilitate group advising. When I had the opportunity to enter into an employed position, I already had the transferable skills and experience I needed.”

Oneida Escobar

She describes how the Advising Center even helped to coach her on employee etiquette and assisted with the process of securing a job once her internship was over.

“When I was interviewing for jobs it was great having the support of the department behind me. It can be a very stressful experience as a new graduate, not knowing if you are going to get hired or not. The Advising Center would help quiz me on interview questions and sort of emulate what would be asked of me to help me prepare for the real thing. They really helped to build my confidence and encouraged me to be brave when it came to presenting my skills.”

The advising tactics that Escobar learned during her internship are the same ones that she is now applying as a full-fledged academic counselor. She explains how she has Jessica McVay, her previous supervisor and a member of the Kremen Liberal Studies Department, to thank for teaching her a wealth of valuable information.

 “During the internship portion of my training we had to be observed by our supervisor for a certain period of time as we conducted advising sessions. I received an immense amount of positive feedback and constructive criticism from our supervisor at the time, Jessica McVay. She helped reveal some points that I needed to work on, such as connecting more with the students in my office, making the experience personal for them,” Escobar elaborates.

“She showed me how to start a friendly rapport near the beginning of the meeting to set up a strong relationship foundation and then how to lead the appointment in a gentle manner, making sure to ease the concerns of the student by the end. It was over a year and a half ago that she gave me that particular piece of feedback and it is something I still employ currently with my students.”

Escobar has also been able to utilize the networking connections that she acquired through her internship to benefit some of her current philanthropic efforts. She works closely with an AVID coordinator from the Porterville High School, helping to raise funds to send students on college field trips. The AVID program focuses on students who are primarily First Generation and who come from low-income families. They provide these opportunities for the students so that they can obtain exposure to college and realize the amount of resources offered to them.

To help the program gain traction and to encourage publicity, Escobar was able to rely on the Advising Center for assistance.

“Recently, I reached out to some of the staff within the Kremen Department. I’m wanting to do a fundraising effort for our liberal studies teacher credential students and potential first year teachers. We want to provide them with the opportunity to apply for money, so that they will be able to create lesson plans during the credential program to help kickstart their classroom. By having those connections, I was able to reach out to them with my idea, gaining valuable support and insight. They were all very helpful and offered to assist with marketing and everything.”

Escobar is extremely grateful to have so much support from the Kremen Department, especially post-graduation. She acknowledges them for helping shape her as a leader and a mentor, and for inspiring her to reach for the stars.

“My internship provided me with countless opportunities of leadership, especially when it came to organizing fundraising efforts. These leadership skills helped me go beyond the realm of simple academic advising and started me on a path of mentorship which I am now continuing as a Fresno City College counselor.”

(Written by Audra Burwell, a creative writing student)