First-Year Peer Coaches

First-Year Peer Coaches/Mentors

Hello, freshmen students, and welcome to Dominguez Hills! We are pleased to be with you in this new and exciting journey of your college career. This new chapter in your life begins today and we are sure you will thrive. Your college journey can be whatever you decide to make of them. So, let’s make the best of them! You are the captain of your ship and you can steer it in whichever direction you desire. The DHFYE team is here to help you succeed during the time you’re at Dominguez Hills. The best of luck and stay in touch. GO TOROS!

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About Us

Maris Richardson, CSUDH FYE Lead Peer Coach

Hello Toros! My name is Maris Richardson and I'm the Lead Peer Academic Coach in the University Advisement Center and am about to begin my third year Peer Coaching! I am entering my senior year (Go class of 2018!) and will be graduating with a degree in Psychology. Congratulations on this great achievement and thank you for allowing every Peer Coach the opportunity to support you during this very critical year at CSUDH! I couldn’t be happier about having the opportunity to help our freshmen population once again. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me at:

Daniel Andrade, CSUDH FYE PeerCoach

Hello everyone and welcome to your first year at CSUDH. My name is Daniel Andrade and I am currently in my third year, majoring in Music Education. This is my first year as a Peer Coach for #DHFYE, and I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work more closely with you all. I know many of you might feel nervous, anxious, and/or excited to start your college career, but just know that I, along with my fellow peer coaches and Advisement center staff, are here to support you through your new journey. I am usually at school all the time, and if I’m not in class or helping one of you, you can find me either napping in the library, or practicing my music in LaCorte Hall. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year, and cannot wait to meet you all soon. If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail me at

Carissa Carrico, CSUDH FYE Peer Coach

Hello everyone! My name is Carissa Carrico and I am a third year student studying Communications at CSUDH. I am a newly hired Peer Coach for #DHFYE and I am very excited to begin this opportunity to help freshman students. Before being hired as a Peer Coach, I was a member of the ETE program so I know firsthand how having a mentor is beneficial for students at DH. When I am not assisting students, you can see me around campus with my sorority sisters of Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., studying in the library, or listening to music. I look forward to getting to know you! If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me at:

Brenda Guevara, CSUDH FYE Peer Coach

Hi everyone! My name Brenda Guevara I'm a junior studying Human Services here at CSUDH. This is my first year as a peer coach for #DHFYE. As a student I'm honored to be in this program and to be part of this exciting opportunity. My goal is to provide help and guide other students in their first year as Toros. I know college can be nerve-racking especially the first year. Therefore, we as mentors can lead you through the right path. I try to be productive but when I am not I like to watch funny dog videos, go out to eat at my favorite places which are Thai food restaurants, Chipotle and Pieology. Last but not least, I love to watch action movies. I look forward to meeting everyone. Let's go Toros! If you have any questions feel free to reach me at

Paulina Lozano, CSUDH FYE Peer Coach

Hello incoming freshman! My name is Paulina Lozano and I am a Child Development major entering for my third year at CSUDH. I am new Peer Coach for the #DHFYE program, who is excited to help you all in this new journey. I was part of this program as an incoming freshman and it was a great experience because they made me feel welcome to the DH community, referred me to great resources on campus, and helped me stay on top of my academics. I enjoy watching a new series/movie on Netflix, listening to KROQ, and hanging out with family. I can not wait to meet you all! If you have questions contact me at

Alissa Mejia, CSUDH FYE Peer Coach

Hello! My name is Alissa Mejia and I am a junior at Cal State Dominguez Hills. I am currently majoring in Psychology. I am new to being a #DHFYE Peer Coach but I could not be more excited to help my fellow freshman peers during this special time. I am happy to have the chance to help and guide others. When I have free time I enjoy relaxing at home watching my favorite show Bob’s Burgers, playing basketball with my friends (for fun at least, I am nowhere near good at it), going to the movies, and going to new places I’ve never been before. I look forward to getting to know all of your unique selves. If you ever need to contact me feel free to email me

Tianna Melara, CSUDH FYE Peer Coach

Hi everyone! My name is Tianna Melara. I am going into my junior year and majoring in Business Marketing. This will be my first year being a Peer Academic Coach and I am very excited to meet you and help you have a great college experience. When I'm not at school, I like going to the beach, watching movies, working out, hanging out with friends, and going ice skating / roller blading. I also love going on new adventures, Disneyland, and anything else Disney related! If you have any questions feel free to email me

Sabrina Villela, CSUDH FYE Peer Coach

Hello! My name is Sabrina Villela and I am a second generation student who is a Communications major entering my junior year at CSUDH. This is my first year as a Peer Coach for #DHFYE and I am so excited to start working with freshman students. Coming into my first year of college, I was scared most of the time and didn’t have friends. With the help from my very own mentor I was able to succeed and meet new people. I am excited to have the opportunity to help guide freshman on the pathway to success. When I am not at work or at school, I am with family or friends, watching a football game, listening to Bruno Mars, or sleeping. I am so passionate about the CSUDH campus and I am so thrilled to get to meet you all! If you need any help you can count on me like 1…2…3 Feel free to contact me via email at