SSHA Student Assistants

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts is proud to present the front line for Advising Office. The Student Assistants are here to help our students with important information including:

  • The collection of SSHA Advising forms
  • Directing students to appropriate resources on campus
  • Checking students in to see an academic advisor and peer mentors
  • Provide up to date information on Dates and Deadlines for SSHA and the campus community.

Meet the SSHA Student Assistants


Josseline Aleman

About Josseline:

Josseline is a second year student from South Central, LA pursuing a major in Psychology. Her goal is to help small income communities with their mental health issues.

"As a SSHA student assistant I want to lend a helping hand to my peers who look for answers to their questions."

“It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” -Nathan Scott, OTH.


Gilberto Arroyo

About Gilbert:

Gilberto Arroyo is a fourth year student from San Jose, CA. He is a Biological Sciences major with a Human Biology emphasis and a Psychology minor. His main career goal is to work in the pharmaceutical field.

"One of the things that I enjoy about being a Student Assistant with SSHA Advising is learning more about how school policies work and sharing that information with those who need it.

" Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” -Dalai Lama

Jackie Garcia

About Jackie:

Jackie Garcia is a Management and Business, Economics major. She is a second year student from Downey, California. Her goal is to someday be a proud, financially successful business owner.

“My favorite part about being a SSHA Student Assistant is being able to help students with their questions and concerns. I know what it is like to be confused and not know where to access resources. I am very excited to be able to answer my peer’s questions and help make their college experience less stressful.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”-Dr. Seuss


Gabriel Michael

About Gabriel:

Gabriel Michael is a second year student from Covina, California. He is currently pursing a major in History, with a minor in American Studies. Gabriel is currently involved on campus as a member of the Yosemite Leadership Program. After graduating from UC Merced, he hopes to pursue a career in teaching, as well as a park ranger for Yosemite National Park. 

“An aspect of being a SSHA student assistant that I enjoy, is the potential to make the lives of students even just a little bit easier.”

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings” -John Muir


Erika Vargas

About Erika:

Erika is a third year from Santa Ana, CA. She is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Psychology. She hopes to one day travel the world and help people living in rural areas.

"As a SSHA Assistant I enjoy being one of the persons who people can come to for help regarding any questions they may have and/or being able to direct them to the right person in order to make their day run a little smoother!"

"Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth, and everything else will come." - Ellen DeGeneres