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Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Meet the 2020-2021 Mentors

GE Mentors are sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Lewis & Clark College who are here to assist and serve the incoming students in the Class of 2023. With particular focus on first generation and students of color, GE 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.

 

 

    Altaf Barelvi

Pronouns: He/Him
Year: 2nd Year
Major: Computer Science & Mathematics, Japanese Minor
Hometown: Jombang, Indonesia

Involved With On/Off Campus: I like to play volleyball and go out skateboarding. I am interested in anything food related (finding new restaurants or learning new recipes). I like to listen to a variety of music genre, but mostly Kpop, Rap, & Hip-Hop. I am super interested in Fashion (especially sneakers). In my downtime, I like to watch anime and play computer games (like League of Legends). Languages are things that I’ve picked up from living in different countries, and I am currently learning Japanese. I like travelling and going to places that tourists tend to not go to. I love watching movies and analysing the various meanings behind the cinematic decisions, plot line, and investing myself in the world building of the story.

Advice for Incoming Students: It will take time to find your comfortable group of friends; some people find it quicker than other. Just stay true to yourself and be patient. Eventually, the people who appreciate you for who you are will gravitate towards you :)

 

 

    Eduardo Beltran*

Pronouns: He/Him
Year: 3rd Year
Major: Sociology/Anthropology, minor in Ethnic Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Involved With On/Off Campus: Advocacy, Music (Rap, R&B, Indie), Eating new foods

Advice for Incoming Students: 1. You’re here because you put in the time, work, and effort and don’t forget that! 2. Meeting new people in a new environment can seem scary, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes! 3. Don’t be too self-critical. College comes with new experiences, people, and challenges. It can take some time to acclimate, and that’s perfectly fine. 4. Imposter syndrome is a real experience, especially for POC, that can take a toll on you. Be sure to take time to remind yourself that you deserve self-care and are more than worth it!

 

 

 

 

    Sanaa Green*

Pronouns: She/Her
Year: 2nd Year
Major: Rhetoric & Media Studies
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Involved With On/Off Campus: I love quality time with my friends and family, no matter what activity we’re doing I just love their presence. I also love listening to music, dancing and singing so often I play music to dance and sing along. I like meeting new people and trying new things as well. When with friends and family I often like making jokes and making other people laugh.

Advice for Incoming Students: Some advice and tips I have for incoming students is to always stay positive and remember the reason why you were expected into Lewis and Clark. A lot of people here at Lewis and Clark are different and come from different backgrounds however we all got excepted into this space for a reason. Staying positive is the biggest advice because people often feel discouraged and put down by others, however, staying strong is the key to success. I also suggest not to procrastinate on things that need to be done because, in the end, it will all be stressful trust me. Save yourself from stress by getting things done as soon as possible.

 

 

   Juan (Martin) Lopez Melendez*

Pronouns: He/ Him
Year: 2nd Year
Major: World Languages, Dance Minor
Hometown: Mexico, California, & New Mexico

Involved With On/Off Campus: Dance. Socials. Coffee shops hang out. Outside activities.

Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t stress out too much, you’ll be fine. Make as much friends as you can. Enjoy orientation. Don’t let the Tusa kill you.

 

 

 

 

 

    Diana Pacheco*

Pronouns: She/ Her
Year: 3rd Year
Major: Sociology & Anthropology
Hometown: Oakland, CA 

Involved With On/Off Campus: I like doing outdoor activities and going on adventures. I like listening to podcasts about science and crime theory! I also like baking with friends when I have time. I like learning new languages. I occasionally like to play sports like soccer and volleyball. I love watching movies and shows in the horror genre and in comedy!

Advice for Incoming Students: Try everything! You never know what you might end up liking

 

 

    Htoo Ray Wah*

Pronouns: She/ Her
Year: 2nd Year
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Portland, OR

Involved With On/Off Campus: I love volunteering and connecting with people. I love hiking and chasing waterfalls, and FLOWER. I like photography and watching Thai or Korean drama.

Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t be afraid to join clubs and explore Oregon with the college outdoor.

 

 

 


    Jenn Sosa Ramirez*

Pronouns: She/ Her
Year: 2nd Year
Major: Hispanic Studies & Mathematics
Hometown: Richmond, California, & Mexico

Involved With On/Off Campus: GLU, NSU, interested in starting a folkloric dance group, I love getting involved with the international fair, etc.

Advice for Incoming Students: Your identity is fluid. Don’t hold yourself accountable to what people want you to be; identity is meant to change and grow so don’t be afraid to let go of ideas that people have about you that you feel aren’t true.

 

 

    Natalie Zoz

Pronouns: She/Her
Year: 2nd Year
Major: Computer Science, Chinese Minor 
Hometown: Lincoln, NE 

Involved With On/Off Campus: I enjoy photography, video games, skateboarding, tennis, running, all kinds of music, and eating food. I’m part of the Skate Collective, Adoptee Club, ASU, Chinese Club, and Pio Log at LC. I’m a big fan of movies and trying new things. I also really enjoy driving but tragically do not have a car on campus.

Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and introduce yourself to new people. Your professors are your friends. :) Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help.