TRIO Staff 2021

"We strive to give our students the tools and support to achieve success at UC Davis and beyond."

-TRiO Scholars Program (SSS) Staff 

TRiO Staff

Anna Martinez

Anna Martinez

  • Director
  • TRiO Scholars Program

The best part of my job is working for our TRiO Scholars and ensuring that they get the support and resources needed so that their education can transform their lives and communities. We have built a team that is committed and passionate about TRiO Scholars and providing top notch services to our students.

Ilda Ortega-Gomez

Ilda Ortega-Gomez

  • Program Advisor
  • TRiO Scholars Program

I am excited to bridge our TRiO Scholars to opportunity and success because I know the influences social equity programs like TRiO do for students. As an Upward Bound alumna, I experienced having the opportunity to access tons of great resources, community and personal development. I hope our program can offer students from marginalized backgrounds an opportunity to excel in higher education and a space for advocacy. As an East Oakland native, I also experienced many socioeconomic hardships but with the support of peer mentors, advisors and family, I rose above it and made it my goal to one day give back to my loving communities.

Zainab Ascencio

Zainab Ascencio

  • Administrative Coordinator
  • TRiO Scholars Program

As a part of the TRiO team, I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve our TRiO Scholars.  I am passionate about justice and educational equity, and I believe that providing educational opportunities to younger generations contributes to the betterment of the world.  The following quote has guided me for many years and highlighted for me the importance of educational equity in society: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”

TRiO Student Staff

Jamaih Belk

Jamaih Belk

  • Red Group

As a TRIO scholar, I was given a place of peace amongst the chaos. I am a first generation, female, African-American Engineering student. Everyday I go through trials and tribulations but I know that when I enter the TRiO lounge I will be greeted with smiles, entertaining conversations and I will not be judged. That is why I became a peer advisor. I want to provide another student with that experience of peace, I want to help provide a sense of community and a safe place for everyone who enters. I also want to provide students the tools, resources and support to achieve success at UC Davis and beyond.

Leslie Diaz

Leslie Diaz

  • Yellow Group

Having the opportunity to be a TRiO Peer Advisor, I want to continue passing down the academic and emotional support and positivity that I experienced as a TRiO Scholar. As a first-generation Chicana student, I want to connect with students of diverse backgrounds to create excellence within minorities. I believe that educational resources are important for the undergraduate experience here at UC Davis.

Mateo Fuentes

Mateo Fuentes

  • Green Group

I’m excited for this amazing chance to engage with fellow scholars from diverse backgrounds to promote a community of success academically, personally, and professionally. As a first-generation, Latinx queer student I hope to connect with my peers and help ensure they receive any and all resources and support they may need. My goal is to assist and encourage students’ success in all of their endeavors as an undergraduate.

Stephanie Rodriguez Hernandez

Stephanie Rodriguez Hernandez

  • Blue Group

As a previous Upward Bound Scholar, I received support to reach for higher education throughout high school. The holistic approach that TRiO programs have towards supporting their students is one of the biggest blessings that I've been grateful to receive. Being surrounded by strong self motivated students of different identities with high aspirations inspires me to continue my own academic journey in higher education. TRiO helped me back then and I would like to give back to the TRiO program at UC Davis. Now I can provide the personal, social, and academic support to Aggies just like I received that changed the trajectory of my life and that I hope to do so one day for my own students.