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.

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.

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. 

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 & Workshops

We are holding PUMA Student life events on our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dvcpuma/ 

The MESA tutoring and 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-2p (Biology, Math, Physics, Computer Science & Chemistry) at https://4cd.zoom.us/j/501022232 . See full schedule here. 

Mon Apr 5 Tues Apr 6 Weds Apr 7 Thurs Apr 8 Fri Apr 9
PUMA: Get Organized - Learn how your PUMA Student Leaders stay organized on  @dvcpuma

 

 

 

MESA: CSU Stanislaus "STEM Success" Workshop 

1:00p - 2:00p

MESA: Supplemental Instruction

Chem 120 & Chem 121

10:00a - 12:00p

Math 192

1:00p - 3:00p

Mon Apr 12

Tues Apr 13

Wed Apr 14 Thurs Apr 15

Fri Apr 16

     

MESA: UC Berkeley Admissions Drop-Ins 

9:00am - 3:00pm

PUMA: Q&A Tips and Tricks for Finals Week 

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

MESA: Financial Aid Drop-in 

10:00am - 1:00pm

MESA: Supplemental Instruction

Chem 120 & Chem 121

10:00a - 12:00p

Math 192

1:00p - 3:00p

Mon Apr 19 Tues Apr 20 Wed Apr 21 Thurs Apr 22 Fri Apr 23
  PUMA: Handshake 101 - Check out our IG Reel for more information on this FREE Application for all DVC Students    PUMA: Get your Earth On @dvcpuma

MESA: Supplemental Instruction

Chem 120 & Chem 121

10:00a - 12:00p

Math 192

1:00p - 3:00p

PUMA: Support your Independent Bookstores

Mon Apr 26 Tues Apr 27 Wed Apr 28 Thurs Apr 29

Fri Apr 30

MESA: UC Berkeley Admissions Drop-Ins 

9:00am - 3:00pm

TimelyMD Telehealth Services Informational on @dvcpuma    

MESA: Supplemental Instruction

Chem 120 & Chem 121

10:00a - 12:00p

Math 192

1:00p - 3:00p


Counseling

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
Paulina Vaclav Student Leader  
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
Eric Handy  Coordinator and Counselor Photo of Eric Handy
Lisa Smiley-Ratchford Coordinator and Sociology Instructor  Lisa Smiley-Ratchford Photo
MESA
Maitreyee Chandra  Program Director Photo of Maitreyee Chandra
Danielle Odom  Counselor  
Brittnie Pimental  Program Assistant  Brittnie Pimental Photo
Counseling
Alberto Aranda Counselor
General/Veterans
 
Brenda Gonzalez Counselor
General/Puente
Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Eric Handy Counselor
General/Umoja
Photo of Eric Handy
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 - The telephone line is currently offline. Please email us instead. 
PUMA Center's location: Learning Communities Annex (LCA) campus map
Instagram Logo @DVCPuma