PUMA Center

PUMA is open this Summer 2022 for in-person services Monday – Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm. For all other Student Services, please check Counseling and Student Services for individual office hours. 

The physical PUMA Center will be closed May 23rd - June 12th. Some online services will still be available, check with your learning community coordinator(s). 

Overview 

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.

Services

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 

MESA holds many tutoring opportunities for students. Visit the MESA webpage for additional information. 

Student Programming

For additional programming and resource highlights, visit the PUMA Instagram page @dvcpuma: https://www.instagram.com/dvcpuma/  

Counseling

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

Staff and faculty  

Office of Student Engagement and Equity
Mprah Asare Student Leader  Mprah Asare
Rosa Armendáriz Dean of Student Engagement and Equity  Photo of Rosa Armendariz
Sahy Caracosa Student Leader - DREAMer Liaison  
Kristina Gomez Administrative Assistant III  Photo of Kristina Gomez
Alejandro Gonzalez Rafael Student Leader  Alejandro Gonzalez
Jorge Lopez Student Leader - DREAMer Liaison Jorge Lopez
Tierra Lynch Program Assistant Tierra Lynch
Ada Ocampo Manager
Student Engagement and Early College Experiences
 Photo of Ada Ocampo
Zaira Sanchez Program Coordinator
First Year Experience and Student Engagement
Zaira Sanchez
Paulina Vaclav Student Leader Paulina Vaclav
Marina Varela Program Coordinator
Student Engagement and Early College Experiences
 Marina Varela
Puente
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
Umoja
Yvonne Canada-Clarke Coordinator and Counselor  
Kimberly Galbraith Coordinator Kimberly Galbraith
Danielle Odom Counselor  
Evangeline Ward  Coordinator  
MESA
Danielle Odom  Counselor  
Sean Rodriquez Program Assistant   
Counseling
Maria Dorado Counselor
General
 
Brenda Gonzalez Counselor
General/Puente
Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Danielle Odom Counselor
General/MESA
 
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 
PUMA Center's location: Learning Communities Annex (LCA) campus map
Instagram Logo @dvcpuma