The DREAMers Alliance is an inclusive network of allies, consisting of faculty, students,
staff and administrators committed to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming educational
environment at Diablo Valley College for undocumented students.
We actively work to:
Create awareness of the undocumented student experience
Educate our college about resources
Promote equitable access to services
Collaborate and partner with the larger community
so that undocumented students are empowered to pursue their educational goals.
Hi there! My name is Kristina Gomez. I work as the Administrative Assistant for the
Office of Student Engagement and Equity. My office is housed in between the PUMA Center
and Student Veterans Resource Center. I am here as a resource to YOU. If I can't help,
I will connect you with who can. I look forward to meeting you!
My name is Anthony Gonzales. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and call Santa
Cruz and Albuquerque my home towns. I received a bachelor's from the University of
New Mexico in English and Spanish (double major) in 2005 and an MFA in Writing from
the University of San Francisco in 2007. I have taught in charter and public high
schools, a four-year college, and three community colleges. I have also taught for
UC Berkeley and Mills College's Upward Bound programs. I have been a full-time instructor
of English at Diablo Valley College since 2014. I am a proud English instructor and
co-coordinator for the Puente Program at DVC.
Hello! My name is Shari Keller, and I work in the Scholarship Office. If you are in
need of financial assistance and would like to receive information regarding DVC scholarship
opportunities and/or external scholarship opportunities available to you as a DVC
student, please stop by to see me in the Scholarship Office on the 1st floor of the
Student Services Center. I can also be reached at 925-969-2094 and email@example.com.
I look forward to meeting you!
Hi. My name is Lindsay Kong and I am the Program Manager for EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs,
and START (foster youth program). These are all programs which can serve AB540 students.
You can find me on the first floor of the Student Services Building in Suite 127 where
my programs share an office space with Scholarships and Adult Education. Stop by our
suite to learn about valuable resources and programs open to DREAMers and AB540 students.
Hi! My name is Jeniffer Monroy and I am an Admissions and Records Assistant. My office
is located in the Student Services building on the first floor. Students are welcome
to come in and seek our assistance at any time when the office is open. We have representatives
at all times at the window to answer any questions. In addition, I provide students
with assistance with registration concerns, blocks and holds on records, determining
residency for in-state tuition, updates and corrections to student accounts, and how
to acquire official transcripts. I can discuss and assist students who qualify for
AB540 status on procedures and forms as well as offer tips on other available resources
on campus. I enjoy helping all students and do anything I can to support them while
they work towards their academic goals. Please feel free to call me at 925-969-2063.
Hello! My name is Albert Ponce, Assistant Professor of Political Science. You can
find me on the 2nd Floor of the Faculty Office Building, FO 210. Come by with any
questions you may have or simply to say hi! I am here to support and mentor Dreamers/AB540
students. I teach courses on American Government, Introduction to Politics, and Political
Theory. My research focuses on the politics of migration and I love working with students
towards achieving civil rights for all.
Warm greetings! My name is Mercy Pono, the Outreach and Welcome Services Coordinator.
I conduct presentations at high schools and attend college fairs to introduce people
to our college, our stellar academic programs and the myriad of FREE resources we
have available. I also coordinate campus tours and assist students with our enrollment
process (application, online orientation, assessment, educational planning and registration).
I believe that education is powerful and transformative, opening the doors to opportunities
some would never think possible. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org /
925-969-2115. You can also ask for me at Welcome Services, which is located on the
first floor of the Student Services Center. I look forward to assisting you with the
start of your educational journey.
Hi there! I’m Lizette Ponthier, Supervisor of the DVC Financial Aid and Scholarship
offices. It is the job of my department to ensure that students at DVC know that financial
assistance is available to help you attend college. As Dreamers you may have access
to state financial aid programs through the California Dream Act to qualify for tuition
fee waivers and grants such as Cal Grant, Full-time Student Success Grant, and the
California College Completion Grant. Scholarships are also available to help you meet
your college costs at DVC or when you transfer. My team and I are here to support
you through the complex financial aid and scholarship search process. The Financial
Aid Office is located on the first floor of the Student Services Center. The Scholarship
program is located in the EOPS/CARE, CalWorks, Scholarship, and START office suite.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email your inquiries.
Hello! My name is Emily Stone and I am the Dean of Counseling and Student Success
Programs and co-chair of the DREAMers Alliance. My office is located in the Student
Services Center on the ground floor. I oversee many programs that directly support
DREAMers, including Adult Education, Financial Aid, Scholarships, EOPS/CARE, and others.
One of the best parts of my job is working with the many talented student services
managers, faculty, and staff who are committed to the success of DREAMers. If you
have specific questions, please feel free to call me at 925-969-2113. I’m happy to
Greetings! My name is Kenyetta Tribble, I am a Dean at the DVC San Ramon Campus. I
am available to connect Dreamers and AB540 students to resources and services to help
them reach their educational goals. My office is located in the West Building room
131. Please feel free to call me at 925-551-6204 or email me if I can be of assistance.
All the best!
All members of the DVC community are encouraged to join us in our monthly meetings.
DREAMers Alliance meetings will be held on the 4th Monday of each month from 2:00
pm - 4:00 pm. Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. Please contact email@example.com for the Zoom meeting information.
“ I joined the DVC DREAMers Alliance and I began to take up space in rooms where I
knew I could make a difference. The DREAMers Alliance provided a sense of allyship.
I remember the first day I showed up to those meetings. I was usually the only student
there. Frightening at first but I began to use my voice giving them an inside look
of what being undocumented was really about. I also got to network with faculty that
knew where I came from like and who opened doors such as the DREAM SF Fellowship."
- Hernan Soto, DREAMer Alumni
"Although I faced many barriers as an undocumented college student, I feel fortunate
to have found genuine support and guidance at Diablo Valley College. I’m incredibly
thankful to all the professors, counselors, and classmates who welcomed me warmly
and encouraged me to pursue my educational goals. Now that I’m transferring to a 4-year
university, I feel confident in my ability to succeed academically while helping to
lead efforts in making education a possibility for all students, including DREAMers."
- Cristobal Castañeda, DREAMer Alumni
“No Human Being Is Illegal On Stolen Land. Our undocumented status does not and will
never define who we are as people. We are so much more than the “legal papers” this
country is looking for. I know that it took some time for me to accept myself and
my status, and every day I still try to find ways to accept myself especially when
the country we know doesn’t accept us. We have to remember that there is nothing wrong
with taking our time to feel, ask for help, and to just be. We are human beings and
we should be treated as such."
- Hazel Pinon, Current DREAMer
"As a first-generation college student and an undocumented immigrant, it was always
a dream of mine to pursue higher education. When coming to the United States I knew
being here was a privilege and an opportunity, one I did not have in my home country
of El Salvador. After I graduated high school I knew that my road to success had to
include higher education but because of financial struggles, my options became limited.
Finally, I took the decision to come to DVC, and I can honestly say it was the best
decision I made. Here at DVC I found a community of other Latinos with goals similar
- Lilian Ventura, Current DREAMer
"Being low-income I have not had the educational opportunities that middle-class families
have. All my life I attended schools with students predominantly African-American
or Hispanic. We were not given the proper resources to succeed in this educational
system. So in order for me to continue on my journey, I had to work twice as hard.
I managed to learn and apply to scholarships and financial aid even though I am undocumented.
The professors, mentors, and tutors at DVC have prepared me academically and with
great perseverance and determination. I’m proud to say that I am now attending the
University of California, Berkeley, and majoring in sociology."
- Maria Bojorquez, DREAMer Alumni
"Extracurricular activities sometimes take the most out of you but they're worth it.
While I was at DVC I took advantage of the Latinx Student Alliance Club, Student Assistant
at a Cadaver Lab, Speech and Debate team, Work Study at the Office of Student Engagement
and Equity, The DREAMers Alliance, The PUMA Center, and the abundance of mentors.
I faced my fears by getting involved and I met some of my best friends because of
- Hernan Soto, DREAMer Alumni
"One of the worries I had when I started college was being able to afford it. Given
that I am undocumented, I do not qualify for FAFSA. During my first semester of college
I was charged as an out-of-state student, I was afraid that I would not be able to
take classes due to financial inability. Luckily, California is one of the states
that allow in-state tuition to dreamers known as AB540 and I was also qualified for
the Dream Act, and EOPs which had been a tremendous help for me."