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


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


Haley Falzon

About Haley:

Haley Falzon is a fourth year student from Redondo Beach, California. She is currently pursing a major in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. Haley stays involved on campus through her position as Director of Recruitment in the Delta Gamma Fraternity.  After graduating from UC Merced she hopes to continue her education to eventually become a Marriage and Family therapist. 

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful" - Albert Schweitzer

Desiree Garcia:

About Desiree:

Desiree Garcia is a fourth-year student from Downey, CA. She is Psychology major with a minor in Cognitive Science. After graduation, she plans to go onto graduate school and continue her education in Developmental Psychology or Cognitive Psychology.

“My favorite part about being a SSHA Student Assistant is being able to answer student’s questions and direct them to the appropriate location. When I first joined UC Merced, I was unaware of the resources SSHA Advising had to offer. It feels good to share that information with my fellow peers.”

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”-Albert Schweitzer


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


Mauricio Trejo:

About Mauricio:

Mauricio Trejo is a Management and Business Economics major with a minor in Creative Writing from Garden Grove, CA. He is currently an Executive of the Associated Students of the University of California, Merced where he serves as the Director of Student Advocacy. Mauricio is passionate about social justice initiatives and enjoys advocating for issues that concern the UC System, UC Merced, and its surrounding community. Continuously, Mauricio is a co-founder of Mirror Comedy, an entertainment start-up, whose mission is to provide quality entertainment to the Central Valley while stimulating local economies and supporting the arts. After graduating UC Merced, Mauricio would like to become a business consultant and work closely with leaders in Merced to develop student driven initiatives within Merced and its surrounding communities. 

“What I enjoy the most about being a Student Assistant for SSHA Advising is having the opportunity to facilitate a welcoming space for students who seek guidance on their academic and professional careers.”

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. “-Cesar Chavez