Mission Statement

more than a dream planning committee

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.

For ideas on how to support undocumented students, read this guide from Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC).

Already an Ally? This guide is designed to help navigate your role.

DREAMers Alliance Members

Alicia Brizzi


Alicia Brizzi

Hello! My name is Alicia Brizzi and I am a counselor with the EOPS program. My office is located in the Counseling Department on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Center. I provide counseling services to Dreamer's and AB540 students everyday. One of the best parts of my job is helping Dreamer's/AB540 students reach their academic/transfer goals, and helping them find the resources they need to reach those goals. If you have specific questions, please feel free to call me at 925-969-2166. I look forward to working with you!

Todd Farr


Todd Farr

Hola! My name is Todd Farr, Advisor for Associated Students of Diablo Valley College and Co-Advisor for Inter-Club Council. I also manage the Margaret Lesher Student Union where you can meet with friends and study in the Quiet Room, check out a group study room, use the computer lab, hang out in the Recreation Room or visit the Multicultural Center where Heritage Month activities are hosted. All clubs have access to our exclusive Club Room with computers, printer, storage and meeting space. The best part of my role is that I have the pleasure of working with students daily and supporting our clubs program. Click on any of the links above to learn more about what Student Life has to offer, stop by the Student Union and get connected today!

Nicole Gomes


Nicole Gomes

Hello, my name is Nicole Gomes, I am the Diablo Valley College Adult Education Transition Specialist, I am honored to work with such a diverse population of students and help each individual student complete their goals in higher education. My job consists of connecting students to college resources, navigating the pathway to college and finding what is the right fit for them. This may consist of career pathways, job development or general education. My office is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building, suite 127 (EOPS). I can be reached both by email or phone: 925-969-2217 or ngomes@dvc.edu

Anthony Gonzales


Anthony Gonzales

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.

NaTisha Hutson


NaTisha Hutson

Hello! My name is NaTisha “Tish” Hutson and I am a minority student retention specialist/program coordinator in the EOPS program. My office is located in the EOPS office on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center. I am a youth advocate by heart, and firmly believe in providing young people with equal opportunities and access to quality education. This passion led to my career choice, working within EOPS, and to also join the DREAMERs Alliance. In addition to my passion, it is my role to provide support to AB540 students in accessing the resources they need to reach their academic goals here at DVC, and beyond! If you have any specific questions and/or a desire to speak with me one-on-one, please feel free to call me at 925-969-2129. It is my pleasure to support you!

Nicole Johnson


Nicole Johnson

Hi! My name is Nicole Johnson and I work in Financial Aid focused on outreach. I am located in the Financial Aid Department on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center. I have been part of the Alliance since August of 2016 and have done many UndocuAlly trainings. If you have specific questions, please feel free to email (njohnson@dvc.edu), or call me at 925-969-2096. I look forward to getting to know you!

Phoebe Keesey


Phoebe Keesey

Hello! My name is Phoebe Keesey and I am the California Dream Act Coordinator at DVC. I provide financial aid advising and guidance for Dreamers. If you have questions regarding the California Dream Act application process, types of financial aid you qualify for, or steps you need to take in order to receive financial aid, I am happy to help you and answer your questions. I am available for drop-ins on Tuesdays 10am-1pm and Wednesdays 2-5pm. If you are not available during my drop-in hours, please send me an email (pkeesey@dvc.edu) or give me a call (925-969-2124) so we can schedule an appointment for a different day and time. My office is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building inside the EOPS suite. I’m looking forward to meeting you and supporting your educational goals at DVC!

Shari Keller


Shari Keller

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 scholarships@dvc.edu. I look forward to meeting you!

Lindsay Kong


Lindsay Kong

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.

Sara Larkin


Sara Larkin

Hi I'm Sara, a Program Coordinator in the Student Life Office here on campus. I meet and work with diverse groups of students daily from various backgrounds, with numerous lived experiences and passions. A part of my role and efforts include developing and coordinating campus-wide multicultural and leadership programming beyond the classroom – through workshops, events, experiential learning and more. This is all to support students on their journey to becoming change agents, culturally inclusive leaders and community members. This includes you! If you’re curious to learn more about how you can get involved or if you just want to talk, I hope you stop by and say hello. My main office is in the Student Union Building, upper floor in the Student Life department and if I am not there, look for me in the Multicultural Center downstairs from the Student Life Office.

Jeniffer Monroy


Jeniffer Monroy

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.

Frank Ortega


Frank Ortega

 

Sandra Parsons


Sandra Parsons

My name is Sandra Parsons and I work in Career and Transfer Services on the second floor of the Student Services Center. I assist students in discovering their career paths and walking them through the transfer process. I joined the Alliance because of my desire to assist Dreamers/AB540 students both with their career and transfer aspirations but with any questions that they may have about being a college student. If you would like to chat, please feel free to stop by Career and Transfer Services in SSC 202 or you can reach me via email at sparsons@dvc.edu or phone at 925-969-2538. I look forward to meeting you!

Albert Ponce


Albert Ponce

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.

Mercy Pono


Mercy Pono

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 mpono@dvc.edu / 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.

Lizette Ponthier


Lizette Ponthier

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.

Emily Stone


Emily Stone

Hello! My name is Emily Stone and I am the Dean of Student Support Services 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 help!

Kenyetta Tribble


Kenyetta Tribble

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!


Join us

All members of the DVC community are encouraged to join us in our monthly meetings. DREAMers Alliance meetings will be held on the 2nd floor of Student Services Building (SSC-232) during the following dates:

  • Monday, September 18 2017 from 3:00-500 p.m.
  • Monday, October 16, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 20, 2017 from 3:00-5:00p.m.

If you would like more information, please send an email to Dreamers@dvc.edu.