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

Spring 2020: The PUMA Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm, and Friday, 8am-4pm.


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College Success Workshops

Check back for Spring 2020'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 or student account. The PUMA Center does not offer a DVC Student ID value add station – the closest value add station is in the Library Commons (L-213). Students are able to load money into their online accounts at the PUMA computers.

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 Spring 2020 coming soon!

Location: PUMA Lounge
Tutors wear a green DVC lanyard.

Reading and Writing
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


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
Ada Ocampo Manager
Student Engagement and Early College Experiences
 Photo of Ada Ocampo
Stephany Ramos Lopez Administrative Assistant II
PACE and Umoja
Patrick Talley Administrative Assistant II
Puente and Umoja
Maria Dorado Coordinator and Counselor  
Anthony Gonzales Coordinator and English Instructor  
Brenda Gonzalez Coordinator and Counselor Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Patrick Leong  Coordinator and English Instructor  
Patrick Talley Administrative Assistant II  
Stephanie Razo Coordinator and English Instructor  
Yvonne Canada  Coordinator and Counselor  
Eric Handy  Coordinator and Counselor Photo of Eric Handy
Patrick Talley  Administrative Assistant II  
Maitreyee Chandra  Program Director Photo of Maitreyee Chandra
Danielle Odom  Counselor  
Alberto Aranda Counselor
Yvonne Canada


Maria Dorado Counselor
Brenda Gonzalez Counselor
Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Eric Handy Counselor
Photo of Eric Handy
Danielle Odom Counselor
Thao Pham  Articulation Officer  


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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