PUMA Center

PUMA will reopen in-person services to the public the week of August 23rd. For all other Student Services, please check Counseling and Student Services for individual office hours. 

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.

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

MESA will hold many academic support sessions the week of August 16th. See the MESA webpage for additional information 

A regular event and tutoring schedule will resume on August 23rd. 


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