PUMA Center

DVC campuses are closed, but the college is OPEN for online classes and services. 
DVC is now delivering all classes and student services remotely, and the PUMA Center wants to support you! If you have questions about a particular class, contact your professor. Visit our student services page for links to all of our services, or try our new chat options. College campuses remain closed to students until further notice.


The PUMA (Puente, Umoja, and MESA Achievement) Center is the home for three college access and success programs – Puente, Umoja, and MESA and was established in 2015. As a vibrant center, the PUMA Center serves students from underserved/underrepresented backgrounds by building and nurturing community through embracing and validating students' cultural identity and humanity, with an emphasis on holistic development, equity, and social justice. The Center focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration, integrating instruction and support services to address the students’ various needs, while fostering student leadership, providing mentoring, and raising cultural awareness. PUMA is a space that enables students to build community in order to achieve academic and career success, become empowered, and discover their full potential.

In a virtual setting, the PUMA Center provides tutoring, workshops, and opportunities to build community. For any questions, we are available through offline chat service. Just click on the green chat box on the right side of your screen to submit a query for a later response. 


Free immigration legal consults 

The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) is still offering free immigration legal consultations virtually to ALL California Community College students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are required. 

Where: Call (925) 237-8581 ext. 11 or book an appointment online

Tutoring & Workshops

Tutoring is offered through MESA. The workshops highlighted below are open to students across-learning communities. Zoom links or registration pages directly linked to each title.

MESA Tutoring M-Th 10AM-7PM, Fri 9a-1p (Biology, Math, Physics, Computer Science & Chemistry) at https://4cd.zoom.us/J/501022232 .  

Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16
 CSW: Tips & Tricks to help you find free eBooks, 3:00p-4:00p   CSW: Transfer Basics and Guarantees, 3:00p-4:00p

MESA: PUMA Student Hangout, 1:00p-2:00p

CSW: 10 Strategies for Success in Online Classes, 1:00p-2:00p

MESA: Supplemental Instruction

Math 192, 10:00a-12:00p

Chem 120 & 121, 12:00p-2:00p

Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23
 PUMA: Tea Time with Bree, 3:00p-4:00p

PUMA: Youth Vote and Local Propositions by Monument Impact Fellow and DVC Alum, Zoom ID: 993 4429 7145 Passcode: 109537

MESA: Financial Aid Drop-In, 1:00p-2:00p

  CSW: How to Succeed in Online Learning, 2:00p-3:00p

MESA: Supplemental Instruction

Math 192, Chem 120 & 121

PUMA Movie Night, 6:00p-7:00p

Oct 26  Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct 30

 PUMA: Tea Time with Bree, 3:00p-4:00p

CSW: Strategies for Improving & Maintaining Mental Health 3:30p-4:30p


PUMA: Halloween Contest Closes 

PUMA: Resume Workshop, 3:00p-4:00p

 PUMA: Costume Contest Voting on Instagram 

MESA: Supplemental Instruction

Math 192, 10:00a-12:00p

Chem 120 & 121, 12:00p-2:00p


If you need to meet with your learning community counselor, please schedule an appointment using the options listed on the Counseling webpage. 

Staff and faculty  

Office of Student Engagement and Equity
Marina Arevalo Program Coordinator
Student Engagement and High School Transitions
 Photo of Marina Arevalo
Rosa Armendáriz Dean of Student Engagement and Equity  Photo of Rosa Armendariz
Noha Basilious Program Coordinator
Student Engagement and High School Transitions
 Photo of Noha Basilious
Kristina Gomez Administrative Assistant III  Photo of Kristina Gomez
Bryanna King Student Leader   Bryanna King
Ada Ocampo Manager
Student Engagement and Early College Experiences
 Photo of Ada Ocampo
Anthony Gonzales Coordinator and English Instructor  Anthony Gonzales Image
Brenda Gonzalez Coordinator and Counselor Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Stephanie Razo Coordinator and English Instructor  Stephanie Razo
Justin Wembes Coordinator and Counselor  Justin Wembes Photo
Eric Handy  Coordinator and Counselor Photo of Eric Handy
Lisa Smiley-Ratchford Coordinator and Sociology Instructor  Lisa Smiley-Ratchford Photo
Maitreyee Chandra  Program Director Photo of Maitreyee Chandra
Danielle Odom  Counselor  
Brittnie Pimental  Program Assistant  Brittnie Pimental Photo
Alberto Aranda Counselor
Brenda Gonzalez Counselor
Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Eric Handy Counselor
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Danielle Odom Counselor
Justin Wembes Counselor General/Puente  Justin Wembes Image


Other resources

  • The Academic Support Center (ASC) offers free tutoring and academic support also available online. Visit their webpage for more information. Need help? Just ASC!
  • The DVC library offers an IM chat for continued support. Visit their webpage and send them a message. 

Contact the PUMA Center

Telephone:   925-969-4320 - The telephone line is currently offline. Please email us instead. 
PUMA Center's location: Learning Communities Annex (LCA) campus map
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