ACCESO Peer Mentors serve as peer mentors, role models, activity facilitators and student advocates throughout the academic year for ACCESO Program students.

Name: James Rosas

Major: Biomanufacturing Production

Fun fact: I do CrossFit about 3 times a week

I’m a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) focused student learning about the intersectionality between all subjects. I’m thrilled to help anyone with my background as a first-generation, low-income, and a minority in both the classroom and workspace.

Name: Bruna Gallo Wagner

Major: Health Sciences A.S.

Fun fact: Plays kalimba

Bruna is originally from Brazil and has been living in the US since 2015. She was raised in a very small city and joined an aupair program to learn English. She left home and coming to live in the US was scary, she loves the Bay Area as her own home.

Name: Carlos Pena

Major: Political Science

Fun fact: Aspiring lawyer

Passionate about seeing other students succeed. Interests include social equality, LGBTQ rights, and traveling.

Sara Gabriela Sanchez was born and raised here in the Bay Area, where her love for local communities and opportunities grew. She is a current College of Alameda student studying History and Political Science, with long-term goals of being part of progressive policy and local government, as well as being one of the ACCESO Peer Mentors for the 2020/2021 academic year. Her work experience includes waitressing, cosmetics, non-profit organiser, and youth director– these experiences solidified her passion in helping others no matter the industry or capacity.
Outside of work, Sara is a freelance artist specialising in realism portraiture, an active participant in local social justice groups, and a dedicated mom to her German Shepherd, Buki.
Martha was born and raise in a small town situated in the state of Mexico, which shares the name of her native country. She graduated from high school and finished a technical career in hospitality. She emigrated to the United states in the late nineties, and she currently lives in Alameda with her husband and son. Martha decided to get back to school and pursue the teacher credential for Spanish because at teaching her child her native language, she discovered her passion for tutoring kids that wanted to learn a second language. At the same time, she thinks is a great way to teach Heritage kids Latinx culture. Martha is also about to complete the classes for the certification as an English-Spanish Legal interpreter. She will graduate from CoA next fall. In the meantime, she took the position of Peer mentor with ACCESO because she wants to support her fellow students/peers in completing their education in this institution. We can do it. Si se puede!