Meet the 2017 - 2018 CRC staff!


denice Vélez, M.A., M.P.P.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
develez [at] fullerton [dot] edu

denice was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley- La Puente/West Covina (626).  She attended UC Berkeley and received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Chican@ Studies.  She was involved as a student leader in recruitment and retention efforts of students of color into higher education.  She participated in student government and served as a peer adviser.  After graduation, she went on to graduate school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received a M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education and a Master in Public Policy.  She has had the pleasure and honor of working for the past several years with various student communities in supporting their retention, growth and graduation.


Graduate Assistant, Ricardo

Ricardo Pitones
Graduate Student Assistant

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His
crc-gsa [at] fullerton [dot] edu

Ricardo is a SoCal native raised in Los Angeles. He attended Whittier College where he double majored in business administration and environmental science with a spanish minor. He is enrolled in the Master of Science in Higher Education at Cal State Fullerton. He eventually hopes to work at institutions of higher learning to increase representation of disenfranchised communities. On his spare time he enjoys volunteering with organizations helping high school students on their journey to get into college. When he is not doing that you can catch him watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones or jamming out to The 1975.

Student Lead, Jamie

Jamie Ang Lee

Communications and Graphic Design Lead

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
[at] fullerton [dot] edu

Hello! I am a fifth year art major, concentrating on Illustration and Graphic Design.  This is my first year at the Chicana & Chicana Resource Center, and I am excited to utilize my talents to represent the center.  Apart from working at the CRC, I have been an Orientation Leader during the summer of 2016.  I am also a current board member of the Sales Representative Club on campus.  Furthermore, I am a teaching assistant to Ryman Arts, a high school program that helps high school students cultivate their talents and seek opportunities for higher education in the arts.  On my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, drawing, and learning languages, such as Spanish.

Student Lead, Barbara

Barbara Linan-Martinez

Community Engagement Lead

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
[at] fullerton [dot] edu

Student Lead, Jacqueline 

Jacqueline Castañeda

Community Success Lead

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
crc-cs [at] fullerton [dot] edu
Hello! Born and raised in East LA, I found theater and performance at a young age and pursued the arts after high school. I am currently attending my fifth year at Cal State Fullerton with a BA in Theater Arts and a minor in Chicana and Chicano Studies. I have been involved with campus clubs such as the Multicultural Art Council and Ballet Folklorico de CSUF. I am also involved with Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, the only Latina theater company in Orange County, and have produced projects with other young theatre and film artists in the LA/OC area as well. I am a firm believer that education is essential to promote a sense of growth and progress and am honored to be working at the CRC to support our community's educational goals and needs.

Student Lead, Mel Mateo
Mel Mateo Barrios

Identity Development Programming Lead

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
crc-ip [at] fullerton [dot] edu

Hello! My name is Mel Mateo Barrios and I identify as a queer trans brown-chapinx individual with roots in brown-womxnhood. I am a 5th year undergraduate student double majoring in Women and Gender Studies and English and minoring in Queer Studies. I am also the president of the Queer/Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOCC) here on campus. I'm very passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ student community and acknowledging the various intersecting identities that we embody. My dream is to one day open up a community bookstore space in which queer and trans individuals of all identities can exist freely, witness themselves thriving within the literary realm, and connect with others who share similar identity pieces.

Student Lead, Melisa
Melisa Valdovinos

Social Justice Educator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
crc-sje [at] fullerton [dot] edu

Hello! I am a third year Spanish major here at CSUF with a minor in Chicana & Chicano Studies. Aside from being at the CRC, I’m also involved in a coalition here on campus called SQE (Students for Quality Education). We advocate for affordable higher education and we strive to create more inclusion in marginalized communities. I am very vocal and proud of my Chicanx identity and consider myself an intersectional feminist. During my free time I like to go to hang out at coffee shops, watch foreign films (especially Spanish drama films) and read books written by Latinx authors.

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