DHFYE

First-Year Peer Coaches

Welcome!

Hello Toros and welcome to CSU, Dominguez Hills! The Dominguez Hills First Year Experience (DHFYE) Community is pleased to be with you in this new and exciting journey of your college career. This new chapter begins today and we are sure you will thrive. Your college journey can be whatever you decide to make it. So, let’s make it a good one! You are the captain of your ship and you can steer it in whichever direction you desire. The DHFYE Peer Coach team is here to help you succeed during your time at CSU, Dominguez Hills and to connect you to everything our campus has to offer. We hope to support you in building a strong community, sense of self and encourage you to delve into the full college experience.

DHFYE Peer Coaches are students, just like you! They have transitioned from high school to CSU, Dominguez Hills and obtained skills they will share with you in support of your academic journey. As a first-year student coming from a place where you saw all the same people consistently, to a new place where you may not know everybody can be both overwhelming and frightening. Your Peer Coach can serve as your first connection to the institution that will help you build those connections based on your interests and needs. The Peer Coaches will learn and grow with you and will send you off to your second year equipped with a foundation set for success. So be sure to connect with them regularly and ask questions!

I think breaking into small groups really allowed me to connect with each individual. Knowing a little bit about everyone’s “story” enabled me to actually feel a part of the community here at CSUDH already!

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Meet Our DHFYE Peer Academic Coaches

Jessica Alvarez, DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Jessica Alvarez

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Psychology
Class Standing: Junior

Contact Information

jalvarez260@csudh.edu

I am proud to be a Toro because of the campus' inclusivity, as it has a friendly environment and gives me a sense of belonging.

Jessica Bantigue

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Health Science - Community Health
Class Standing: Sophomore

Contact Information

jbantigue3@csudh.edu

Although my first year was completely online, the amount of support that the CSUDH mentors, advisors, and professors provide almost feels as if they are right there with you to guide you. Virtual Learning was difficult, but I never felt alone. Many other freshmen were going through the same adjustments and there was a sense of comfort in knowing that we were all collectively figuring it out.

Yesli Lopez

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Spanish Literature
Class Standing: Senior

Contact Information

ylopez110@csudh.edu

As an incoming freshman, I gained much academic support from my professors and peers. I also, gained emotional, legal, financial, and professional support from the Toro Dreamers Success Center and the Queer Culture Resource Center. I hope you also discover other amazing affinity centers and resources to receive the support you also deserve. Welcome Toros!.

Angie Morales, DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Angie Morales

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Criminal Justice Administration
Class Standing: Junior

Contact Information

amorales212@csudh.edu

I'm proud to be a Toro because of the diversity CSUDH has.

Jasmine Moreno

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Undeclared
Class Standing: Sophomore

Contact Information

jmoreno193@csudh.edu

Throughout my first year in Dominguez I experienced everything virtually. I faced multiple challenges like finding resources, accessing my portal, finding what classes I needed, and etc., but the staff, professors, advisors, and peer coaches were very helpful and made my process so much easier. I had a huge support system in Dominguez Hills which was amazing.

Julian Parades

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Political Science
Class Standing: Junior

Contact Information

jparades13@csudh.edu

My first year experience was so helpful with my peer coach. I was able to get my quick questions answered and I received support when I was confused. I attended all the workshops I could and they were very informative. I still apply a lot of what I learned and experienced in my first year, to where I am now.

Angela Sanchez

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Sociology
Class Standing: Sophomore

Contact Information

agallardosanchez1@csudh.edu

My first-year experience was fully online. Although it was online, I was able to meet and talk to new people. Not only did I have the help from my peers but I also had a peer coach who helped me through my first year. Having a peer coach helped me stay on track by sending me important dates and continuously checking to see if I needed any help.

Rommel Tanglao, DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Rommel Tanglao

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Kinesiology - Fitness Director Option
Class Standing: Junior

Contact Information

rtanglao1@csudh.edu

I am proud to be a Toro because of the cohesive, diverse, and ingenious community we have here at Dominguez. From the students to the faculty and staff, everyone here shares a similar goal in building a sustainable university where education and harmony is heavily emphasized.

Estefania Campos Torres, DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Estefania Campos Torres

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Criminal Justice
Class Standing: Junior

Contact Information

ecampostorres1@csudh.edu

I’m obtaining the opportunity of becoming a more in depth intellectual individual, as well as making friends, and life lasting relationships.

Cesarah Valerio

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Biology: Cellular and Molecular
Class Standing: Sophomore

Contact Information

cvalerio2@csudh.edu

Because of the pandemic, my first year of college was fully online. I did have some difficulties, but my peer coach, academic advisor, and many professors helped me get through them. Although I was not able to meet people in person or explore the campus, I was still able to create new bonds and learn about the different resources available on campus.

Paulina Vinolas

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Psychology
Class Standing: Junior

Contact Information

pvinolas1@csudh.edu

My first year was exciting but a bit scary at the same time. I was excited to start a new chapter in my life but was unsure how to navigate all of the changes. My peer coach and academic advisor really helped me through my first year and were patient with me and all of my questions.

Matthew Zamboni

DHFYE Peer Academic Coach

Major: Kinesiology
Class Standing: Sophomore

Contact Information

mzamboni1@csudh.edu

Although my first year at Dominguez was online, it was still fun! I was able to meet awesome people and still get involved in clubs and organizations. I am excited to meet my new friends in person next year!.