PUMA Center

PUMA is open this Spring 2022 for in-person services Monday – Thursday from 9 am - 4 pm. We will have extended hours for the first two weeks of the semester January 24th - February 3rd Monday - Thursday from 9am - 6pm. For all other Student Services, please check Counseling and Student Services for individual office hours. 


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.


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


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

Student Programming

More 22 Spring details coming soon. For additional resource highlights and programming, visit the PUMA Instagram page @dvcpuma: https://www.instagram.com/dvcpuma/  


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
Marina Varela Program Coordinator
Student Engagement and High School Transitions
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Rosa Armendáriz Dean of Student Engagement and Equity  Photo of Rosa Armendariz
Noha Basilious Program Coordinator
Student Engagement and High School Transitions
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Kristina Gomez Administrative Assistant III  Photo of Kristina Gomez
Alejandro Gonzalez Rafael Student Leader   
Ada Ocampo Manager
Student Engagement and Early College Experiences
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Paulina Vaclav Student Leader  
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
Danielle Odom  Counselor  
Sean Rodriquez Program Assistant   
Alberto Aranda Counselor
Brenda Gonzalez Counselor
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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 
PUMA Center's location: Learning Communities Annex (LCA) campus map
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