PUMA Center

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.

The PUMA Center offers PUMA students study rooms, computer labs, printing, tutoring, workshops, counseling and program coordinator and faculty office hours.

Hours of 0peration

Fall 2019: The PUMA Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm, and Friday, 8am-4pm. 
Please note Diablo Valley College will be closed in observance of the following holidays: Labor Day (September 2), Native American Day (September 27), Thanksgiving (November 28-29), Winter Recess (December 16, 2019 - January 17, 2020).


For all of DVC's events, visit the College Events calendar

College Success Workshops

Check back for Fall 2019's College Success Workshop schedule! 

Reserve your spot here


Computer Lab

The PUMA Center offers PUMA students 8 computers for student use; 4 are located in the PUMA lounge and 4 are located in the hallway. Students are able to print using funds loaded onto their DVC ID card. The PUMA Center does not offer a value add station – the closest value add station is in the Library Commons (L-213). 


Study rooms

The PUMA Center offers study rooms for students who are part of the PUMA learning communities, Friends of MESA, and Friends of Umoja. We ask that you sign in on the sign-in sheet posted on the door before using a study room. 


Tutoring is available to support English reading and writing in any subject matter and different levels of math for PUMA students. Tutoring schedule for Fall 2019 coming soon!

Location: PUMA Lounge
Tutors wear a green DVC lanyard.

Reading and Writing Tutoring
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
        Math Tutoring
Monday Tuesday Wednesday   Thursday





Staff and Faculty

Rosa Armendáriz

Dean of Student Engagement and Equity

rarmendariz@dvc.edu 925-969-2233
Kristina Gomez

Administrative Assistant III
Student Engagement and Equity

kgomez@dvc.edu 925-969-2236
Noha Basilious

Program Coordinator
Student Engagement and FYE

nbasilious@dvc.edu 925-969-3012
Patrick Talley

Administrative Assistant II
Puente, Umoja, and PUMA Center

ptalley@dvc.edu 925-969-2289
Stephany Ramos Lopez

Administrative Assistant II
PACE and Umoja

sramos@dvc.edu 925-969-4320
Alberto Aranda


aaranda@dvc.edu 925-969-3015
Maria Dorado

Coordinator and Counselor
Puente Program

mdorado@dvc.edu 925-969-2560
Anthony Gonzales

Coordinator and English Instructor
Puente Program

agonzales@dvc.edu 925-969-2422
Brenda Gonzalez

Puente Program

Patrick Leong

Coordinator and Instructor
Puente Program

pleong@dvc.edu 925-969-2406
Stephanie Razo

Coordinator and Instructor
Puente Program

srazo@dvc.edu 925-969-2412
Yvonne Canada-Clarke

Coordinator and Counselor/Instructor
Umoja Program

ycanada@dvc.edu 925-969-2283
Eric Handy

Coordinator and Counselor/Instructor
Umoja Program

ehandy@dvc.edu 925-969-2167
Clarice Adams

Program Assistant
MESA Program

cadams@dvc.edu 925-969-2234
Maitreyee Chandra

Program Director
MESA Program

mchandra@dvc.edu 925-969-4319
Danielle Odom

MESA Program

dodom@dvc.edu 925-969-4321

Other Resources

  • The Academic Support Center (ASC) offers free tutoring and academic support, including online tutoring support. Come in to get help, meet with a peer tutor, or access support across the college. Need help? Just ASC!
  • The DVC library offers study room reservations, research help face-to-face and IM chat, a textbook loan program (click here to see if the library has the textbook you need), and laptop/phone charger loan program. See the library Circulation and Reserve desk for more information. 
  • The DVC Student Life Office offers no time limit study room reservations. Reservations are made on a drop-in basis with your student ID at the front desk. Student Life also offers pay-for-print services and fax services. 

Contact the PUMA Center

Telephone:   925-969-4320
PUMA Center's location: Learning Communities Annex (LCA) campus map
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