DHFYE Advisors & Toro Student Success Academic Peer Coaches

Meet Your DHFYE Advisors

Advising plays an important role in helping new undergraduate students positively transition to their CSUDH academic careers and persist in college. 

Victoria Fowler, DHFYE, CNBS

Victoria Fowler

DHFYE Advisor (UAC)
College of Natural and Behavioral Science (CNBS)

Contact Information

Email: vfowler@csudh.edu

I am passionate about facilitating a safe place where young adults can grow within themselves to be the best that they can be.

Marisol Gutierrez, DHFYE Advisor, CBAPP

Marisol Gutierrez

DHFYE Advisor (UAC)
College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Contact Information

Email: magutierrez@csudh.edu

I see myself as a strong advocate for students and a firm believer that all students can pursue higher education.

Maggie Narez, DHFYE Advisor, COE & CAH

Maggie Narez

DHFYE Advisor (UAC)
College of Arts and Humanities & College of Education

Contact Information

Email: mnarez@csudh.edu

I'm excited to be a resource for CSUDH students in their journey toward academic and professional excellence. Go Toros!

Janelle Viray, DHFYE Advisor, CHHSN

Janelle Viray

DHFYE Advisor (UAC)
College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Contact Information

Email: jviray2@csudh.edu

My advising philosophy is to combine leadership with students as they navigate their way through academic and personal barriers.

DHFYE Expectations

  • ONE advising session (we recommend 2-3 advising sessions) with your DHFYE Academic Advisor
  • FOUR meetings with your DHFYE Student Success Academic Peer Coach
  • ONE Freshmen Advising for Successful Toros (FAST) Workshop
  • Attend group meetings, events and activities hosted by the Dominguez Hills First Year Experience Program

Toro Student Success Academic Peer Coaches

The Toro Student Success Academic Peer Coaches is open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students.  The Peer coach offers 1:1 or group coaching on a variety of timely topics that are inspirational, informational, and relevant services.

The University Advisement Center believes that CSUDH students deserve the highest level of care and support, and that they are a part of a broader Toro community. As such, it assembles the best to empower students to succeed in and outside of the classroom.

The Benefits of Peer Coaching

  • Establish and take action towards achieving goals
  • Become more self-reliant and gain self confidence
  • Contribute more effectively to the classroom and the campus
  • Take greater responsibility and accountability for actions and commitments
  • Communicate more effectively 

Peer coaches supports you in

  • Engaging you in highly interactive sessions or regularly scheduled, one-on-one meetings to expand your network
  • Connecting you with other first-year CSUDH students and upper-class students to keep you accountable to your academic plans.
  • Sharing information relevant to your specific academic issues (test-taking, time management, etc….) as a new incoming freshman and transfers


Appointments will usually last 30 minutes and can be scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. The focus and purpose of these one-on-one meetings is to provide

  • Discovery - how you learn
  • Structure - organizational skills
  • Support - goal setting and encouragement
  • Feedback - progress and growth