Peer Mentoring

What is Peer Mentoring?

The STEM Peer Mentor Program emphasizes relationship building and academic role-modeling between successful, more advanced STEM students and beginning STEM students (especially low-income, first-generation, minority, and female students).


Become a Mentee


STEM Mentors


Name: Yasmin Yudith Ochoa Salazar

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Civil Engineering

"I CAN…help you discover all the resources that Cañada has to offer for your success!" :)

Bio:  Hello everyone!!! My name is Yasmin Yudith Ochoa Salazar. I am a first generation college student; I was born in the U.S.A and raised in Mexico, so I’m bilingual. I am a Civil Engineering major, planning to specialize in geotechnical engineering. This is my second year, and I’m planning to transfer to a UC. Besides being a BTO mentor with a STEM focus, I work for the Speaker Series, and I’m also the vice president and secretary of the Math Club on campus. I am really excited to be working with you because I know what it is like to be a new student in your position. I am looking forward to helping you throughout your journey, and making it manageable by sharing all the resources that will help you succeed. Even if I am not your official mentor, feel free to ask me any questions. I am more than happy to help you out in your journey at Cañada College.

Michael Gee peer mentor

Name: Michael Gee 

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering and Physics

"I CAN…show you how to take advantage of your resources and be successful."

Bio: Hi, my name is Michael Gee and I'm currently a third year student at Canada College. I plan on completing community college with an AS in Engineering and Physics. I hope to transfer to a UC or CSU in Fall of 2019. When I first started community college, I was initially a computer science major. However, after taking a couple of courses I realized it wasn't for me. After an extra year of exploring my options, I decided to be an engineer and couldn't be happier. I've been through numerous classes, a couple internships, and a conference. So if you ever feel lost or need someone to help reevaluate your career goals, I'll be in the STEM center ready to help.


Name: Shalene Cannon

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Biological Sciences

"I CAN…help guide you towards your path of success"

Bio: Hi, my name is Shalene Cannon and this will be my third year at Cañada. I’m a first generation college student aiming for a major in Biological Sciences. Currently I’m trying to transfer to a UC by Fall 2019 and won’t let anything get in the way of that goal. Being new to this program, I’m looking forward to helping other students overcome the struggles of college and help them stay on track for a successful transfer. Also, I’m excited to work together on how to utilize your time at Cañada to have the best experience possible.



Name: Alyson Davies   

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Computer Science

"I guide you to resources to make the best of your time at Cañada."

Bio: Hi there! I'm Aly and I'm in my second year at Cañada College. I am majoring in Computer Science and I'm hoping to get my Associates before transferring in Fall of 2019! I transitioned to a full-time student at Cañada after working at a software company in Sacramento, where I was taking online and night classes to slowly chip at my requirements for transfer. In my time here, I've learned how to navigate through some of the programs and utilized the incredible resources the campus has to offer. I want to help you get the most of your time at Cañada, either by helping guide you to tools that can help you succeed or sharing my experience in the workforce. If you see me around campus or in one of your classes, don't hesitate to say hey! I look forward to getting to know you!


Name: Edgar Sanchez

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering




NameJay Magana

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Mathematics

"I you through your STEM stay at Cañada College."

Bio: Hello my name is Jay Magaña. I am a Math major seeking to become a math professor. I will be transferring to either a UC or CSU in 2019. Being a first generation latino student, I have learned how to move around a college campus myself. I am also a Math tutor at the STEM Center so if you're ever looking for me you'll most likely find me there. I look forward to helping out with any of your questions! 


Name: Julissa Rico Ruiz

STEM Peer Mentor

Major:Civil Engineering

"I you explore all the resources and academic assistance need in order for you to confidently pursue your aspirations."

Bio: Hello, my name is Julissa Rico Ruiz and I am a first generation student striving to pursue a Civil Engineering career. I graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in the year 2016 and I plan to transfer to a UC in the fall of 2019.  On behalf of the San Mateo County Office of Education, I was certified attainment of proficiency in two languages; English and Spanish. Aside from being a student at Cañada and a STEM mentor, I am a member of the math and engineering/robotics club as well as the women in STEM community. Being an individual working towards a STEM major, I understand the difficulties one can encounter throughout one’s academic journey, however as a STEM mentor, I hope to assist you with any concerns or struggles you may have.



Name: Georgina Corral

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Bioengineering

"I you to the best of my ability and provide you with information and support your needs in order to succeed!"

Bio: Hello! My name is Georgina Corral and I am currently pursuing my AS in Engineering and a BS in Bioengineering. I hope to transfer to a UC in 2019! I am a first-generation college student, so I know first-hand what it’s like to feel lost or be unaware of all the help that is available to us. I am also a Student Life Intern at the Center for Student Life and Leadership Development and a Math Tutor at the STEM Center, so you’ll see me around often.


Luka STEM Peer Mentor

Name: Luka Radosavlijevic

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering

"I CAN...actively listen to you and motivate you through your obstacles in order to achieve your goals."

Bio: Hello! My name is Luka Radosavljevic and I am an international student from South Africa currently in my second semester at Cañada College. I am pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I held an Executive Board position in the Associated Students of Cañada College for one year. As a student delegate I was extremely lucky to have been able to travel to LA, New York and Washington D.C for Student Leadership conferences. I was recently hired as the District Sustainability team's first Energy Analyst Intern and will be working with them on numerous projects, research and analysis along with this work as a STEM Peer Mentor. I have had a large range of experiences on campus and have made it to a powerful point in my life where I am really proud of what I have and can achieve. It is all about the journey and I cannot wait to hear about yours and see what I can do to help you by recalling my own experiences and knowledge and even more so directing you to the resources that helped me and will help you!


Name: Dalila Gonzales

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering

"I guide you towards completing your goals in the best manner possible for you."

Bio: Hey, everyone! I'm Dalila, and I'm about to start my third year at Cañada College as a Biomedical Engineering major. I am a latina, first gen college student, and am currently a research assistant with Stanford School of Medicine's Pathology department. My ultimate goal is to attend medical school and use that knowledge along with a degree in biomedical engineering to create new medical instruments that will make healthcare more accessible. My biggest hope in joining this program is to share my experience and knowledge with you. I cannot wait to get to know you and hopefully help you make the best of your time at Cañada College as a STEM major!

Paloma STEM Peer Mentor

Name: Paloma Felix-Esparza

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Mathematics

"I a friendly face on campus that can help you through your college journey."

Bio: Hi!! My name is Paloma, I am a first generation college student. This is my first year at  Cañada College. I am majoring in mathematics and minoring in Theater Arts. Since starting at Cañada I have had three jobs and had to deal with a lot of pressure from my parents. So if you ever feel like college is too much I understand and hopefully you come talk to me and we can find a solution together. I have used a lot of resources on campus and plan on learning everything Cañada has to offer. If you need help or just need info I hope to hear from you! 

Staff Coordinator
Sally Heath