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The Mustang Success Center provides an inclusive environment that proactively supports first time freshmen with their successful transition and integration into Cal Poly. The center’s staff provides accessible academic advising that guides students to clear pathways of success and builds a foundation for timely graduation.

Director for the Mustang Success Center

Shannon Stephens

Shannon Stephens

Director for the Mustang Success Center

sgstephe@calpoly.edu
805-756-2762
52-D31

Favorite Quote: "The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli." - George Louis Constanza, Seinfeld

Advisors for the Mustang Success Center

Kara Hitchcock

Kara Hitchcock

First Year Programs

khitch01@calpoly.edu
805-756-5779
52-D46

Favorite Quote: "Work hard at work worth doing." - Leslie Knope

VetNet Ally
Experience working with student-athletes, first gen students, and low income students

Lara Jimenez

Sandy Jimenez

First Year Programs

sjimen07@calpoly.edu 
805-756-6211
 

Favorite Quote:"Pies para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar ( English translation: "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" - Frida Kahlo

Identifies as a Bi-cultural Latina, First-generation low-income student
UnDocuAlly training

Lindsey Lacey

Lindsay Lacey

Student Assistant supervisor

lilacey@calpoly.edu
805-756-7037
52-D48

Favorite Quote: "We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down." - Kurt Vonnegut

Identifies as a non-traditional, first generation transfer student who was Pell Eligible. Participated in EOP and worked full time.

UndocuAlly, VetNet Ally, gender & sexuality allyship

Rebecca Richards

Rebecca Richards

First Year Programs

rricha15@calpoly.edu
805-756-7091
52-D45

Favorite Quote: "I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer

LGBTQ+ Advisor; identified a first generation, low income college student.
Experience working with students who are on academic probation or having academic struggles.
UndocuAlly

Christina Wolfe-Chandler

Christina Wolfe-Chandler

Advisor training programs

  crwolfe@calpoly.edu
805-756-5735
52-D42

Favorite Quote: "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." - Maya Angelou

Identified a first generation, low income, military dependent, transfer college student.

Cal Poly Scholars Advisors

Karina Zimmerman

Alicia Cruz


acruzavi@calpoly.edu
805-756-6211
 

Favorite Quote: "What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning." -Unknown

Gina Smiley

Dawin Whiten


 dwhiten@calpoly.edu
805-756-5979
52-D43

Favorite Quote: "Do not fear going forward; fear only to stand still." - Chinese Proverb

Works with first generation/historically underserved populations, including students with disabilities.

Cal Poly Basketball athlete '04-'08

Dawin Whiten

Annie Xiong

axiong04@calpoly.edu
805-756-6221
52-D37

Favorite Quote: "Life is about choices."

Identities include being first generation, low income, Hmong 

Trainings: UndocuAlly

Danny Zavala

Danny Zavala


djzavala@calpoly.edu
805-756-5791
52-D41

Favorite Quote: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West

Student Athlete Advisors

Zach Reed

Zach Reed


zreed01@calpoly.edu
805-756-6495
42-205

Teams:M/W Track & Field, M/W Cross Country, W Soccer, M/W Swimming and Diving

Favorite Quote: "You can only see the stars when it is dark." - Dr. Eric Thomas

Kyle Ross

Kyle Ross


kyross@calpoly.edu
805-756-7043
42-205

Teams: Football, M Basketball, Baseball, M/W Tennis, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Favorite Quote: "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do and I believe that." - Derek Jeter

Louise Torgerson

Louise Torgerson


ltorgers@calpoly.edu<
805-756-7041
 42-205

Teams: W Basketball, Football, M Soccer, Wrestling, Softball, M/W Golf

Favorite Quote: "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou

UndocuAlly

Mustang Success Center Graduate Students

Alysa Velasquez

Tess Eyrich


 teyrich@calpoly.edu
 52-D37

Favorite Quote: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” —Ferris Bueller

Louise Torgerson

Austin Ferguson


aufergus@calpoly.edu
 52-D37

Favorite Quote: “Take your work seriously, but never yourself” - Margot Fonteyn

Mustang Success Center Peer Advisors

Louise Torgerson

Moriah Clarke


success@calpoly.edu
805-756-6211
52-D37

Favorite Quote:""You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -AA Milne

Mustang Success Center Student Assistants

805-756-6211
52-D37

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