SSHA Peer Mentors

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts is proud to present the addition of Peer Mentors to our academic advising program. The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help incoming freshmen make a smooth transition from high school to the college environment. They will keep you up-to-date on campus events, share their personal experiences and offer help and also advise on adjusting to University life.

The Peer Mentors will provide guidance and insight for a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to: 

  • Answering registration questions
  • Semester planning
  • Understanding Major and Minor requirements
  • Reading your audit and MyDegreePath
  • Filling out forms
  • Knowing important dates and deadlines
  • Finding useful and relevant campus resources
  • Assisting with the transition from high school to college

The SSHA Peer Mentor Staff are located on the second floor of the Classroom & Office Building (COB) at UC Merced.  Students wishing to speak with a Peer Mentor should check in with the SSHA Advising Reception office in Room 204.

Walk-In Hours for Summer May 30th-June30th*
Monday: 10am-12pm
Tuesday: 10am-12pm
Wednesday: 10am-12pm
Thursday: 10am-12pm
Friday:  CLOSED

*Hours are subject to change 

Attention Freshmen: 

All Freshmen that need academic advising will meet with a Peer Mentor. Only with a Peer Mentor referral can a Freshmen be allowed to meet with an Academic Advisor. Students are required to bring a current copy of their Audit to meet with a Peer Mentor. 

SSHA Peer Mentors


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Meet the SSHA Peer Mentors


Joselyn Lopez

About Joselyn:

Joselyn Lopez attends UC Merced from Lynwood, California a town in Southern California. She is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. As a member and officer of Students Advocating Law and Education (SALE) her contribution to the community has been noticed as she continues to educate, empower and care for her peers. After graduation she aspires to receive her master’s in Education or student affairs at either California State University, Long Beach or California State University Fresno.

“As a Peer Mentor what I look forward to is to guiding and supporting my peers across campus. Given the opportunity to share my own experiences as a first generation undocumented student I believe I have the ability to help students understand the struggles and solutions to problems that may rise during their stay at UC Merced. I desire to be a resource and a support system to students who feel out of place and at the same time I can help create a safe and accepting environment across campus."

“Accept your past without regrets, handle your present with confidence and face your future without fear”-Unknown.

Carmel Peichoto

About Carmel:

Carmel Peichoto grew up in a small town south of Fresno in Hanford, California. She is currently a Fourth Year student at the University of California, Merced. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Business Economics and will be graduating this coming May 2017. She is involved on campus in her professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi where she holds an officer position and is also a founding member. This will be her second year with the SSHA Peer Mentor team.

“What I enjoy the most as a SSHA Peer Mentor is being able to assist students in any way that I can, whether it’s with academics or the transition from high school to college. I get a lot of satisfaction out of knowing that I helped a student get one step closer to their dreams or goals. It also is an added bonus when students feel they can return multiple times to seek help from me. “

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward you’re always in the same place.” –Nora Roberts

About Ismael:

Ismael Nunez is a Merced native who attended Merced High School. He is currently double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science and is involved in Fraternity and Sorority life on campus - currently serving as the secretary in Kappa Sigma. He plans to go onto Graduate School and pursue a career working with undocumented and low income college students. His goal as a Peer Mentor is to help pave the way for first and second year students who are having a hard time adapting to the college environment.

“What I enjoy the best about my job is being able to facilitate the transition from high school to college for first and second year students. I enjoy being able to provide information and resources to the students on our campus and being able to push them outside of their comfort zone.”

“Education is the moss powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela


Viviana Martinez

About Viviana:

Viviana Martinez comes to UC Merced from South Sacramento, California. She is a third year Pre-med student working towards a major in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. After graduating from UC Merced she hopes to continue onto medical school where she can pursue her dream of becoming a Psychiatrist. Besides being a Peer Mentor for SSHA, she is Club President for both Psi Chi and Psychology Club here on campus and is also a Mercy Medical Center Volunteer.

“Being a first generation Latina, it was quite difficult seeking help about college. This is why I hope to be able to assist my peers in a approachable way, making planning their future at UC Merced less intimidating. I am excited to see what this year brings!”

“Stay committed to your decisions. But stay flexible in your approach.” -Tom Robbins