Meet Your Advisers

 Winnie TangWinnie Tang

She/Her Pronouns

Academic Preceptor

About Me: I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and completed my A.B. at Bryn Mawr College. After completing my M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania, I lived and taught English in Hong Kong for a number of years. I most recently worked at Portland State University and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I am new to Santa Cruz and absolutely love going on food adventures. Most importantly, I truly love academic advising and I am very excited to meet you all.

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York


M.S.Ed, University of Pennsylvania

A.B., Bryn Mawr College

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 cassie-profileCassie Isaacson

She/Her Pronouns

Academic Adviser

About Me: One of my favorite words is YES! As one of your Merrill College advisers, I am excited to be a resource, guide, and encourager to students from day one through graduation. I hope to remind students that YES, you belong here. YES, your story matters. YES, growth is always possible. YES, we are here to support you. I consider it a privilege to get to know students, hear about your goals, and watch you develop academically, professionally, and personally. When I'm not advising, I enjoy taking long walks, listening to podcasts, eating curry, and traveling to visit friends.

Hometown: San José, California


M.A., Higher Education, John Brown University

B.A., Liberal Studies/ Elementary Education, Azusa Pacific University

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” -Brené Brown


AlejandraAlejandra Guzman Llamas

She/Her Pronouns

Academic Adviser

About Me: Greeting Slugs! I’m Alejandra, an academic adviser for Merrill College. I was born in Mexico, and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I am a Dreamer and first generation college student. In my role I help students identify and explore their interests and establish academic, personal, and career goals. Feel free to connect with me for questions or even to share how your quarter has been going.

In my free time I like to go on outdoor runs, watch movies, and spend time with friends and family. 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A., Spanish Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz


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Sara SanchezSara Sanchez

She/Her Pronouns
Assistant Director for Advising, HSI Initiatives (Lead EOP STEM Counselor)

About Me: Education has always been important to me and I am fortunate to pursue a profession where I get to "go to school" every day and be part of college student's educational journey's. As an EOP STEM Counselor I provide support to students regarding academic and non-academic issues, including: social, financial, cultural, family, sense of belonging, personal support and navigating university resources. I also love connecting students to opportunities and other people that can be part of your journey. When I'm not on campus I enjoy spending time with friends, working out, hosting dinner parties and watch parties, and crossing things off my Santa Cruz bucket list.

You can find me at Merrill College on Fridays for appointments between 9:30-12:00 and 1:30-4:00. You can also make an appointment to meet with me at my office on Science Hill - Science & Engineering Library 213, Monday through Thursday. Appointments can be made on Slug Success

Hometown: Norwalk, California
M.A., Educational Administration with a Specialization in Student Affairs, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
B.A., Communication Studies and Spanish, California State University, Long Beach

Favorite Quote: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain


Peer Advisers

Leon G.pngLeon Giang

MCD Biology Major
He/Him/His Pronouns

I became a peer adviser because I want to help students figure out their academic career path early on and also find the resources and advice they need to make the most out of their college experience. If you have any questions about navigating college life, let me help you find the answers.

Interesting facts:
I had Spanish class with Snoop Dogg's son
I love spicy food
I love Disney movies


 victoriahatchVictoria Hatch

Major in Psychology and Minor in Education

she/her/hers pronouns

As a first generation college student, I am excited to help my fellow UCSC students navigate the university and its resources as a peer advisor. I am moved by being part of a community that creates a brave space for both academic and personal growth.

Interesting Facts:

I have been sick every Thanksgiving thus far in my life

I have a brother that is 11 years younger than me

I am in the Guinness book of World Records


Jasmine JonesJasmine Jones

Proposed Major and Minor: Human Biology and Dance
She/her(s) pronouns

I love helping and making realistic plans so why not become a peer advisor at the best college on campus?!

Interesting Facts:
I am pursuing a career in modeling and acting
I love puppies
I am from Georgia