OUR STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
CAP's student advisors are active members of our I Heart College Program who wish to support their home community in meaningful ways through advising CAP's staff and board, helping them to be responsive to student needs, and by providing insight, expertise, and mentorship to younger CAP students as they navigate the college readiness process. They are all leaders who attend a variety of colleges throughout California and the country and who commit to a one-year term on the Student Advisory Council.
Jose BecerraHumboldt State University
Jose is a first-generation college student who graduated from John Marshall Fundamental in 2014. He is currently a senior at Humboldt State University majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science/Health Promotion. Jose plans to pursue a career in programming and prescribing exercise options alongside the VA. As the first in his family to go to college, Jose went to CAP for help throughout the application process, and as a way to show them how much it meant to him, he has given back by volunteering with CAP in various capacities. He can’t emphasize enough how much appreciation he has for CAP. Jose has always loved to give back to his community in any way possible from volunteering to set up The Relay for Life to being a proud member of The Boys and Girls Club of America and hopes to continue being able to give back to his community.
Marisol Dominguez is currently a sophomore attending UCLA. She is a graduate from Blair High School. During her free time she is working as a student supervisor at one of the campus dining restaurants, playing club softball, or doing community service with her sorority sisters.
Karla is the first in her family to attend a four year university. She graduated from John Muir this past May and now attends UCLA, where she plans to double major in Sociology and Chicano/a studies. While in high school, she was a part of the pep squad for two years, Vice President for her senior class, and the editor-in-chief for the newspaper. Karla is now a member of the Hermanas Unidas club at UCLA and hopes to soon join a Latina sorority. Karla first became familiar with CAP through the SAT Prep course took her junior year in high school. During her senior year, she occasionally dropped in for help on her financial aid application and her personal statements. In the future, Karla hopes to be able to give back to and improve her hometown of Pasadena for students of color. She doesn't quite know how she is going to do so, but she hopes college is going to help her do it. Karla is excited to serve on the alumni advisory council because she wants to be a resource to any student who has questions about her personal or general experience in college.
Diego Obregon is a graduate of John Muir. While a high school student, he was an active member in his school’s newspaper, where he was the editor in chief for the 2015 - 2016 school year. He also participated in competitive swimming for four years and was a student ambassador for the 2016 Tournament of Roses. Diego is currently a sophomore at UCLA and is majoring in English. When he’s not studying or working as a lifeguard, Diego enjoys kayaking, watching TV shows on Netflix, and listening to music. Diego first became involved with CAP by participating in their SAT prep course during his junior year of high school. He then became a regular attendee of CAP’s after-school drop-in program so he could receive help with his college applications. Diego is excited to be returning to CAP’s Alumni Advisory Council because he wants to be a resource for his peers who may need help applying for college.
Michael OconStanford University
Michael Ocon is a sophomore at Stanford University, where he is majoring in English with a minor in Political Science. At Stanford, he works extensively on campus policies and initiatives that seek to support low-income students, students of color, all in search of mental and emotional well-being, lgbtq+ students, and student athletes. Currently, he serves as Activism Chair of the Stanford Democrats, Outreach Coordinator at El Centro Chicano y Latino Community Center, Communications and Outreach for Stanford Sanctuary Now, and is a Student Judicial Officer. In his spare time, Michael loves to watch Rick and Morty, play video games, and read books. His favorite book, currently, is “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. This will be Michael’s second term on the advisory council. He hopes and believes that this year will be a year of growth and success for our CAP family and those CAP seeks to support.
Derek Rooks-Taylor is excited to be a second year at UCLA part of the Bruin class of 2020! He is a 19 year old from Pasadena, CA. He loves to: dance, watch videos of the Royal Family Dance Crew, eat at Poke Salad Bar, and quote Joanne the Scammer. He is Beyoncé's number one fan, and that's honest. He is most excited to serve on the board to give back to his younger peers and help them get into their dream schools! He plans to invest in CAP when he becomes rich and famous, so watch out!
JuliaSeeJohns Hopkins University
Julia graduated from Blair High School (go Vikings!) in 2016 with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and is studying Behavioral Biology and Visual Art at Johns Hopkins University (go Hop!). She is involved in behavioral science research, cultural and community service clubs, and wind ensemble and has a work study job. After getting her Bachelor's, Julia hopes to attend medical school and be able to help people in developing nations. She was first introduced to CAP through SAT workshops, and CAP has helped her ever since with college applications, resumes, and more. Julia is excited to serve on the Student Advisory Council because she loves CAP and helping other students succeed.
Haley StrehlUniversity of Oregon
Haley was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. She graduated Marshall Fundamental in 2017. She is now beginning this new adventure called college as a freshman at the University of Oregon. Haley is undeclared at the moment, but has interests in both Sociology with a criminal emphasis and Economics. Haley hopes to continue to help people in whatever way she can. Since she was a loyal member of CAP just last year, she believes the best way she can do this to share her trials and triumphs as she experiences them this year with other CAP students.
Genevieve TikasinghUC Davis
Genevieve is a first generation college student who currently attends UC Davis, where she is pursuing a degree in Linguistics. She graduated from Pasadena High School in 2015 where she played on the Girls’ Soccer team and became a CAP student. Over the last few years, she has volunteered at PEF’s Summer Enrichment Program and worked as a tutor at SKILLZ Summer Program. This summer she had a wonderful experience interning with CAP. She is now starting her third year in college and plans to go to graduate school after completing her B.A. She is excited to be on CAP’s Alumni Advisory Council because she believes in the organization’s mission, has received invaluable support and guidance from the CAP family, and is invested in giving back to CAP and the students they assist.
Dana ZambranaSan Diego State University
Dana Zambrana is a third year at San Diego State University studying Kinesiology with a focus in Physical Therapy. She enjoys sports and is a second-year member of the Triathlon team at SDSU. She loves being active and working with people, so her future career goal is to work in recreational therapy with people who have disabilities. After taking a few classes for her GE requirements, Dana also really enjoys Psychology and is considering minoring in it. Another thing she wants to do is to get back to learning American Sign Language, which she studied when she was a student at Marshall Fundamental. Dana is excited to be a third-year but is completely shocked at how fast time has gone by! It’s going to be over in the blink of an eye so she hopes to make the best of these next few years.