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First-Generation College Students

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+ - Crystal De La Riva, M.A - Program Coordinator

The student program assistants work under the guidance and supervision of Crystal De La Riva, the Academic Advising Center’s Specialty Advisor for students in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The Program Coordinator for the Promising Futures Program, Crystal is a first-generation college student herself and is very passionate about supporting the first-generation community at Chapman.

About Crystal: I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University and completed Chapman’s M.A. program for Marriage and Family Therapy.  As a first-generation Chapman alumna, I understand the learning curve associated with adapting to the college environment.  Much of my experience at Chapman was positive and I attribute this to being involved and seeking the guidance of those willing to help.  I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to assist fellow Chapman panthers get the most of their college experience too!

Email: delariva@chapman.edu

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+ - 2018-2019 PFP Staff

Karina Graduate Assistant
Karina Trejo Melendez
Graduate Assistant Coordinator 
Promising Futures Program
About Karina: I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. I am currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman. I am trying to find a converging point for my passion for storytelling and psychology and hope to one day be published. During my undergraduate career, I was very involved with student leadership and found a love for working with students. As a person with several intersecting identities, one of them being a first generation student, I am dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where all students can feel supported and at home.
The student program assistants for the Promising Futures Program are current first-generation college students at Chapman who help develop and facilitate the growth of the Promising Futures Program. They assist in organizing regular program events for first-generation college students, such as regular meetings, study sessions, and socials.
Promising Futures Staff
Brenda Ruvalcaba '19, Clarissa Cordova '20, Nick Romo '20, Alberto Garibay '20

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Program Coordinator
Crystal De La Riva, M.A.