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EOP Counseling

EOP has eight professional counselors who are committed to the academic success of students. Counselors provide academic, career and personal counseling as well as facilitate academic success , probationary and personal development workshops. Counselors are also involved in the SOAR mentoring program, transitional programs, and services for student-parents including those involved in CalWORKs.

Have questions for EOP or want to set up an appointment with your counselor? Contact our EOP Public Information Assistants at [email protected] or (619) 594-6298. EOP PIAs are available Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm to assist you. 

 

Counselors

 

  • AAA - CAM: Robert Guzman
  • CAN - FZZ: Victoria Cafasso
  • GAA - JAL: TBA
  • JAM - MEZ: TBA
  • MFA - PHA: Peper Anan
  • PHE - SGZ: TBA
  • SHA - ZZZ: Cara Yoo
  • Finacial Aid: Adolfo Garcia
  • Guardian Scholars: Mercedes Albarran

Counselors


Mercedes Albarran

Mercedes Albarran

Guardian Scholars Counselor

619-594-6298

Mercedes Albarran is a Counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at San Diego State University (SDSU) as of July 2018. She has a passion for supporting and serving first-generation, low-income, and underserved students. Mercedes previously served as the Academic Advisor for Compact Scholars and Academic Student Success Programs in the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, where she advised both Compact Scholars and commuter students. Mercedes received her B.S.

Mercedes has experience working as a professional advocate for student success with diverse students in various educational settings including early childhood education, the K-12 sector, and in higher education. Prior to joining SDSU in 2015, Mercedes served as an Academic Advisor for the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego. She is also an alumna of San Diego State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential from the University of La Verne.

Mercedes works with students holistically and is dedicated to providing guidance and support to students in reaching their educational and career goals here at SDSU.


Pepper Anan

Pepper Anan

MFA-PHA

619-594-4545

Baramee Peper Anan (Peper) graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A in Communication and a minor in Psychology in 2006. During his time at UCSD, Peper was involved in various student organizations, most of which were related to the Campus Community Centers (LGBT Resource Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and Women’s Center). His experiences as an undergrad shaped who he is today and served as the motivating factor in his pursuit of a career in higher education.

He went on to earn a Masters degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University in 2009 and has gained experience working in a variety of different departments including LGBT Identity Centers, Student Conduct, Residential Life, Career Services, Academic Advising, Orientation, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Enrollment Services.

Currently, Peper is attending the joint doctoral program  (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at UCSD and CSUSM while working full-time. His topic of interest is on the experiences of transgender and nonbinary undergraduate students in higher education.

He enjoys being able to give back by providing holistic support to students and advocating for their needs (especially those who are and have been historically and systemically silenced/marginalized) while also challenging them to expand their horizons.


Victoria Cafasso

Victoria Cafasso

CAN - FZZ Counselor

619-594-6298

Victoria started her career in higher education at a small private university in San Diego, as part of the start-up team for an Upward Bound Program that served San Diego High School students. She went on to counsel students in the Educational Opportunity Program at California State University, Fullerton, where she also advised first year remedial students in the Intensive Learning Experience Program. She spent her last year at CSUF as the Graduation Specialist for the College of the Arts. Victoria obtained a B.A. in Human Development, Azusa Pacific University and an M.A. in Educational Counseling, Azusa Pacific University.

Victoria joined San Diego State University’s EOP in summer of 2017. Her experiences as a transfer, re-entry, and first generation student drives her passion for assisting EOP students to reach their goals.


Adolfo Garcia

Adolfo Garcia

Financial Aid Counselor

619-594-62989

Born in San Diego, California and fourth child of five from Mexican parents and heritage. Obtained an Associate’s degree from San Diego Mesa College and immediately afterwards acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Previous employment experiences vary from computer sales, automotive technician, and college counselor for UCSD/GEAR-UP. Currently employed at San Diego State University under the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and working on a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership: Post-Secondary Student Affairs. I consider myself as a down to earth, easy going individual. I enjoy traveling, Mexican food, and family time. Please stop by and say hello, I’m eager to get to know our SDSU EOP students! Go Aztecs!


Robert Guzman

Robert Guzman

AAA - CAM EOP Counselor

619-594-6298

Robert Guzmán is currently a counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program at San Diego State University and a lecturer for the Center for Latin American Studies, SDSU, where he teaches the History of Mexico and two film studies courses (one of which is on-line) on Latin America. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Guzmán was the EOP tutoring supervisor where he managed tutorial support to over 3,000 EOP students. Mr. Guzmán has over twenty-five years of experience working in higher education with expertise in Financial Aid, Admissions, and Outreach to local communities, and Internship development. He has received numerous institutional grants to expand the services at SDSU’s EOP tutorial center as well as with the creation of outreach support services for historically marginalized students. Mr. Guzmán currently supervises the EOP Transfer Bridge Program, a transition program designed to help first year transfer students to become connected with the University. He also advises two student organizations: The EOP Student Advisory Board (ESAB) and the EOP Student Parent Association. Mr. Guzmán received his B.B.A at the University of North Texas in 1991, his M.A. in History at the University of North Texas in 2002 and will receive his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at San Diego State University in 2017. He has received numerous awards for his commitment to student excellence: The Presidential Staff Excellence Award (Tutorial Center) in 2010 and the Most Influential Faculty Award in 2013 and 2016.


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Cara Yoo

SHA - ZZZ Counselor

619-594-6298

Cara Yoo is a Counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at San Diego State University (SDSU) as of June 2019. Previously, she worked for SDSU Pre-College Institute, Upward Bound/ Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy, as a Counselor where she provided academic and personal advising to high school students from low-income backgrounds and underserved communities in San Diego County. She has over five years of experience with personal and educational counseling in various settings including the K-12 sector as well as young adults and adults in residential community.

Cara is an advocate who deeply cares about educational equity and closing achievement gaps. She is committed and devoted to serve EOP students to achieve their goals in their educational journey and reach their full potential. Cara has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. in Educational Counseling with a PPS Credential from Point Loma Nazrene University.