PUMA Center

PUMA is open for in-person services 9am - 6pm, Monday - Thursday. 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

Spring 2023 Events coming soon!

For additional programming and resource highlights, 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
Abraham Allison Student Leader - Pride Liaison abraham photo
Mprah Asare Student Leader  mprah photo
Rosa Armendáriz Dean of Student Engagement and Equity  Photo of Rosa Armendariz
Elias Camacho Student Leader elias photo
Sahy Caracosa Student Leader sahy photo
Kristen Freeman Student Leader kristen photo
Kristina Gomez Administrative Assistant III  Photo of Kristina Gomez
Tierra Lynch Program Assistant tierra photo
Ada Ocampo Manager
Student Engagement and Early College Experiences
 Photo of Ada Ocampo
Xiomara Sanchez Student Leader xiomara photo
John "Max" Trujillo Program Coordinator
First Year Experience and Student Engagement
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Marina Varela Program Coordinator
Student Engagement and Early College Experiences
 Marina Varela
Kendall Wallace Student Leader kendall photo
Anthony Gonzales Coordinator and English Instructor  anthony photo
Brenda Gonzalez Coordinator and Counselor Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Stephanie Razo Coordinator and English Instructor  stephanie photo
Justin Wembes Coordinator and Counselor  justin photo
Andrea Medina Coordinator andrea photo
Roniqua Cook-Greene Coordinator roniqua photo
Evangeline Ward  Coordinator vangie photo
Emmanuel Perez  Counselor  
Sean Rodriquez Program Assistant  sean photo
Maria Dorado Counselor
maria smiling
Brenda Gonzalez Counselor
Photo of Brenda Gonzalez
Emmanuel Perez Counselor General/MESA  
Justin Wembes Counselor General/Puente  justin photo


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