EOP Coordinator & Native Student Success Advisor
- B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Management and International Business, minor in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures, California State University Monterey Bay
Hola! My name is Jesus Garcia-Valdez and I am EOP’s Admissions, Academy & Outreach Coordinator. I was born in Jalisco, Mexico and moved to the USA at the age of 10. I am a first-generation, low-income, migrant student. I am the second youngest of seven, yet the first one to graduate high school and receive a college degree. I lived in the Salinas Valley, best known as the World’s Salad Bowl for 15 years. Despite receiving a degree in Business Management, my passion has always been higher education. I started my professional career as an Educational Advising and Retention Specialist for the Educational Talent Search Program, a national TRiO pre-collegiate program. I advised, helped, and encouraged first-generation, low-income and historically disadvantaged students navigate high school and help them create a post-secondary educational plan.
In early 2018, I relocated to Sonoma County and started a new career in higher education as an Admissions, Academy and Outreach Coordinator for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Sonoma State University. I love giving back and helping “my people” break the cycle of poverty by helping them receive a higher education. This experience has helped me discover my true passion for learning and making a difference in the lives of first-generation, low-income and marginalized students.
HOW I CAN HELP:
Educate on the EOP benefits and the application process and provide early outreach and recruitment strategies targets towards first-generation, low-income, migrant studentsOversee
EOP Kalmanovitz Academy, maintain academy structure, and provide access to appropriate coursework and core classes for the necessary matriculation of the EOP student population
Provide early outreach and recruitment strategies targeted towards first-generation, low-income, migrant students