The student program assistants for the Promising Futures Program are current first-generation college students at Chapman who help develop and facilitate the growth of the Promising Futures Program. They assist in organizing regular program events for first-generation college students, such as regular meetings, study sessions, and socials.
+-Crystal De La Riva, Program Coordinator
The student program assistants work under the guidance and supervision of Crystal De La Riva, the Academic Advising Center’s Specialty Advisor for students in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The Program Coordinator for the Promising Futures Program, Crystal is a first-generation college student herself and is very passionate about supporting the first-generation community at Chapman.
About Crystal: I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University and am currently in Chapman’s M.A. program for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a first-generation Chapman alumna, I understand the learning curve associated with adapting to the college environment. Much of my experience at Chapman was positive and I attribute this to being involved and seeking the guidance of those willing to help. I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to assist fellow Chapman panthers get the most of their college experience too!
+-Lisette Martinez, Mentoring Program Student Assistant
Message from Lisette: It was a difficult transition, coming from where I am from to Chapman University. I felt lost and I wanted to find other people like myself, first in our families to attend college, which is why the Promising Futures Program became beneficial for me. I didn’t think I would navigate easily around this school because at first I was not adjusting well, but the people I met through the program and the mentor I was matched up with became my support system away from home. The encouragement and that extra push I have received from the Promising Futures Program has boosted my confidence and helped me to slowly come out of my comfort zone and into the real world.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
+-Christina Lopez, Student Program Assistant
Major: Strategic and Corporate Communication
Message from Christina: During orientation, I was introduced to the Promising Futures Program. I felt an immediate connection with people who have the same struggles and understanding of what an accomplishment it is to be attending Chapman University. Through study sessions, socials, and workshops, we make a safe place for us to focus and have the support to be successful here in college and in our futures. Through the mentoring program I also gained a close relationship to my mentor and continue to build new relationships with others in the program.Email: email@example.com