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School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

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.

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.

Goldie Corona-Thurman

About Goldie:

Goldie Corona-Thurman is pursuing a Human Biology major and a Psychology minor. She is a third year from Northern California. Her goal is to some day attend medical school in order to become a Pediatric Intensive Care Specialist. 


"My favorite part about being a SSHA Student Assistant is being able to help guide students towards the resources they need on campus. As a student, I understand that school can be difficult and I am glad that I am able to help alleviate any unnecessary stresses by assisting students with their needs." 


"Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." -Winnie the Pooh

Cassandra Espinoza-Martinez

About Cassandra:
Cassandra is a third year Political Science & History major from the Napa Valley. After college, she hopes to possibly wrk with a non-profit community organization regarding human rights. Eventually attend law school after taking a gap year to study for the LSAT.


"I became a Student Assistant because in all aspects of my life, I enjoy helping people with anything they need. I know by being first generation, guidance is really needed to succeed at UC Merced. Every student deserves to have access to any resources they need to thrive in college. It’s why compassion and empathy is something I always follow while working SSHA advising.”

"You are worthy simply because of who you are." - Laverne Cox

Sierra McCormick 

About Sierra:
Sierra is a fourth year English major from the Los Angeles Area. She inspires to become a teacher and, eventually, a professor.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him" Romans 15:13 NIV

Allan Contreas

About Allan:
Allan is Public Health major with a minor in Political Science from Anaheim, California. His career goal is to become a Public Health Administrator or an Epidemiologist.
"I applied to be an SSHA student assistant because I want to serve as a liaison and as a resource for students to utilize when entering the advising office. As a student assistant, I have the ability to create a positive welcoming environment and to guide students to the correct resources needed to help them accomplish their goals."
“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something”