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Meet the 2017-2018 Mentors

LEAP Mentors are sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Lewis & Clark College who are here to assist and serve the incoming students in the Class of 2021. With particular focus on first generation and students of color, LEAP mentors are a resource for first year students who can authentically speak from their own perspectives as students on campus.

Mentors are paired with incoming students based on academic and social interests, and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for students. Mentors will attend the Great Expectations Retreat with mentees, and then continue building relationships through the entire academic year. 

The * next to a mentor’s name means they are proudly the first in their family to attend college.

 

Keenan Ashby

Pronouns: He/him
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undeclared, but planning on Psychology and Pre-Med
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Involved With On/Off Campus: Band, Rugby, Tennis Club

Advice for Incoming Students: Have fun, but make sure that you take advantage of this opportunity. Go to office hours, do homework and study. However, college should be fun as well. Make sure to make friends and spend time with them because they make school a lot easier.

 

 

 

Sabrina Cerquera*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Sophomore
Majors: Environmental Studies and Political Science
Hometown: Miami, FL

Involved With On/Off Campus: Gente Latina Unida, College Outdoors, Technician at the IT Service Desk, Campus Living (RA for Forest)

Advice for Incoming Students: Take advantage of all the opportunities LC has to offer on and off campus, don’t be scared to ask for help from faculty and staff!

 

Cristian Cortes*

Pronouns: He/him
Year: Sophomore
Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Gervais, OR

Involved With On/Off Campus: Gente Latina Unidad, Xplore, Xperiment, IME

Advice for Incoming Students: Be open minded and attend as many open dialogues on campus. Also, attend Alternative Spring Break trips over spring break.

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha (Sam) Duran*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Sophomore
Majors: Undecided, but interested in Sociology/Anthropology
Hometown: Claremont, CA

Involved With On/Off Campus: Women’s Swimming, works in the Office of Financial Aid

Advice for Incoming Students: Be open to change and new experiences, have fun, and meet as many people as you can. It’s okay if you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing; odds are nobody else knows either. Don’t be nervous and never be afraid to ask for help.

 

 

Allie Gregoire

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology with Art Minor
Hometown: Boston, MA

Involved With On/Off Campus: PSI Co-Facilitator, Portland Children’s Museum Intern, Intramural Soccer

Advice for Incoming Students: Try new things and never hesitate to ask for help! Adjusting is a process, not instant.

 

Simran Handa*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Junior
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Mukilteo, WA

Involved With On/Off Campus: Research in Biology department, CELS program leader, Pre-Health Professions Club, Amnesty International, Student Health Center, Writing Center tutor, SAAB tutor, Student Alumni Association, intern at The Oregon Clinic, volunteer at OHSU

Advice for Incoming Students: Utilize campus resources! The College offers students several free resources that often go underutilized. You can get a free SAAB tutor for difficult classes, have papers edited at the Writing Center, go to the SQRC for homework help, visit the Student Health Center for a free check-up, apply for SAAB grants for research or travel funds, or get career advice at the Career Center, among countless other things. If you don’t know how to access these resources, ask an upperclassman who has been through the process. As LEAP mentors, our main priority is helping students navigate campus life!

 

Reyna Ibarra*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undeclared, but interested in Biochemistry and Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Involved With On/Off Campus: Overnight host with Admissions, Gente Latina Unida, LEAP mentee, hoping to become a Spanish SAAB tutor next year

Advice for Incoming Students: Something that will be said a lot is to come in with an open mind. Your college experience will be what you make of it, do not let others affect the experience that you have in college. Do all that you want to do and enjoy all the time that you have before things get busier.

Pilar Karlin

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Sophomore
Majors: International Affairs and Foreign Languages
Hometown: Wichita, KS

Involved With On/Off Campus: Mixed LC, Women’s Lacrosse

Advice for Incoming Students: Take advantage of your professors’ office hours because getting to know your professors is important, and if you have any trouble in the class they will help you out. Also make sure to watch your flex points spending because those go by quicker than you think.

 

Nina Oishi

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Senior
Majors: International Affairs, Minors in Chinese and French
Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Involved With On/Off Campus: SAAB, International Film Festival, Hawaii Club, Asian Student Union, International Affairs Symposium, Student Investment Board

Advice for Incoming Students: Make a routine, even just a little one, from the start. It really helped me to have a source of certainty and stability in the new college environment. I committed to working out on certain days and at certain times, and it gave me something to look forward to and that I could count on. (It doesn’t have to be working out––it could be eating breakfast every morning, writing a daily journal entry, going on a weekly walk, or doing your laundry, or calling your mom.) It’s okay if you don’t make your best friends in the world right from the get-go. Sometimes you do, but if you don’t, it’s okay. I met my best friend in college in week 2 of freshman year, but I thought he was totally the weirdest person I’d ever met at the time, and it took a year before we were actually friends. I didn’t get close to other friends of mine until sophomore or even junior year. Friend groups change, and real, true friendships take time. If you don’t find your soulmates right away, it doesn’t mean that this is the wrong place for you. Be patient—you’ll find your place.

Isaias Sanchez*

Pronouns: He/him
Year: Junior
Majors: Psychology and Biology
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Involved With On/Off Campus: Bookstore employee, CELS Co-Coordinator, Akin Multicultural Engagement LLC Student Coordinator

Advice for Incoming Students: Take advantage of office hours and with your professors because they are able to help you out with internships, understanding classes more, and help you connect more with the community.

 

 

 

Jasmine Torres*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Junior
Majors: Sociology/Anthropology, Art Minor
Hometown: West Los Angeles, CA

Involved With On/Off Campus: Amnesty International, Atheltics Department

Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t procrastinate (I know, easier said than done). Get to know your professors (they actually want to help you!). Bon brunch is always a yes. Treat yo’ self every once in a while. College is scary at first, but I promise it gets better. 

 

Lizeth Vargas*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Senior
Major: Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Houston, TX

Involved With On/Off Campus: Student Activities Intern, Gente Latina Unida, Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Advice for Incoming Students: Buy rain boots and rain jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

Mentors not pictured

Yuriy Popovich*, Sophomore, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major

 

Mentor Coordinators


The LEAP Mentor Coordinators are previous LEAP Mentors who help with the “behind-the-scenes” planning and coordination of the LEAP program. They are here to serve as a sounding board, offer advice, and overall provide guidance to the program. 

 

Karen Peralta*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology 
Hometown: Houston, TX

Involved With On/Off Campus: GLU & Fit Club Member, Mail Room Rep; Student employee in the Career Center, Alumni & Parent Programs, the Bookstore, and Admissions; Off campus work with Providence Health & Services

Advice for Incoming Students: Try to get out of your comfort zone, especially in the beginning of the year because no one really knows what they’re doing at that point. Don’t forget to call your parents throughout the semester and think about your mental and emotional well being. Treat yourself when needed! This can be with junk food and Netflix, exploring Portland, or having a spa day!


Jennifer Anderson*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Junior
Major: Art History & Religious Studies double major, French Studies minor 
Hometown: Kailua Kona, HI

Involved With On/Off Campus: Coalition for English Education & Social Advocacy, Mixed LC, LC Food Pantry, Gallery Volunteer at the Rental Sales Gallery, & LEAP Mentor!

Advice for Incoming Students: Do what you love, study everything you’re interested in, but also remember to keep an open mind! Also remember to call your loved ones every once in a while, they’re going to miss you more than you think. 

 

 Elvira Ruan*

Pronouns: She/her
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometowns: Lomita and Wilmington, CA

Involved With On/Off Campus: Gente Latina Unida, Psychology Research on campus, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) volunteer 

 Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and admit that you need help.

 

 

 

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