Meet the Staff
Dawn V. Valencia, Director
Favorite place on campus: The Rose Garden
What Dawn enjoys most about working in Outreach: I enjoy seeing the look in a prospective student's face when they realize that Cal Poly Pomona is their dream school
Favorite fact about Cal Poly Pomona: Cal Poly Pomona teams have earned 14 national team titles, more than any other current Division II institution in the state of California: women's basketball (5 titles), women's tennis (4 titles). while baseball (3 titles), men's cross country (1 title), and men's basketball (1 title) round out the championships.
Alejandro Torres, Lead Outreach Counselor
Favorite place on campus? The Japanese Garden. My daughters and I would all agree it is seeing the Koi fish and turtles.
What Alejandro enjoys the most about working in Outreach? I get to work with a diverse population of students which includes first-generation college going students and low-income students. I feel it is a way for me to give back for all the opportunities I have been given.
What's your favorite Cal Poly Pomona fact? Our campus has two alligators.
Ja Taun Cezere, Administrative Support Coordinator
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Jacqueline Rios, Administrative Support Coordinator
Favorite place on campus: The Arabian Horse Center. It's amazing to see the beautiful horses, who have been featured in several parades and special exhibitions.
What Jacqueline enjoys most about Outreach: Outreach allows me the opportunity to guide first-generation college students and their parents in understanding the pathways to college. Through Outreach, I am able to give back to my community.
Favorite fact about Cal Poly Pomona: Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo participate together in the Tournament of Roses Parade. In addition, the Cal Poly Universities float is the only float constructed entirely by students! It is a great example of the dedication and creativity of our students.
Xiomara Melendez, Early Assessment Program Coordinator
Favorite place on campus: The Huntley College of Agriculture AGRIscapes Center. From the Pumpkin Festival, Children’s Garden, Danny’s Farm to student’s food production from start to finish, there is something happening year-round.
What Xiomara enjoys most about working in Outreach: Seeing students transition from applicant to Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.
Favorite fact about Cal Poly Pomona: The Cal Poly Rose Float is the only student-built float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from various majors handle the design, construction, and harvest of flowers and other materials to enter a float annually in the parade.
Dulce Guerrero, Outreach Counselor
Favorite place on campus: My favorite place is the Farm Store. They have the best Orange Juice made from oranges grown on campus.
What Dulce enjoys most about working in Outreach: I enjoy helping students and parents navigate the college process and take great pride in assisting them
What's your favorite Cal Poly Pomona fact: Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture's ability to raise thousands of dollars from the auction of a single Arabian horse!
Matilda Obaseki, Outreach Counselor
Favorite place on campus: The Japanese Garden.
What Matilda enjoys most about working in Outreach: It is rewarding to talk to people I have never met every day and help families reach academic goals.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona fact: Women joined the student body in 1961.
Eduardo Reyes, Outreach Counselor
Favorite place on campus: I enjoy the Japanese Garden for the overall atmosphere of peace and tranquility it offers. It's a good place to take in nature and relax.
What Eduardo enjoys most about working in Outreach: As a first-generation college student, I understand how complicated the college application process can be. As a counselor, I believe in making the process less intimidating and giving students the confidence to pursue their degree.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona fact: The invaluable learn-by-doing approach the campus emphasizes. It encourages and prepares students to succeed during their time here and beyond.
China Pour, Outreach Counselor
Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is the Bronco Student Center (BSC).
What China enjoys most about working in Outreach: What I love most about Outreach is connecting students and assisting them as they transition onto their next chapter in higher education.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona fact: My favorite fact about Cal Poly Pomona is the United States Army bread war horses at the Kellogg Ranch during World War II.
Tracy Moore, Events Coordinator/Outreach Representative
Favorite place on campus: The Rose Garden. I enjoy sitting under the Jacaranda trees and listening to the birds while reading a book during lunchtime.
What Tracy enjoys most about working in Outreach: I love working with our student ambassadors, they inspire me
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona fact: I love the history of the campus and how we got our roots. The land for the university was donated by W.K. Kellogg (the cereal guy) and I enjoy hearing the stories about how Kellogg established this land back in the 1920's.
Jose Jimenez, College Readiness Ambassador
Favorite place on campus: The Bronco Student Center (BSC). Whether I am having lunch at Qdoba or going to the BSC for a presentation, there is always a vibrant student energy.
What does Jose enjoy most about Outreach: I enjoy being able to provide students with resources that facilitate their university process. I love coming to work with a team that is ready to assist students as best as possible.
Favorite fact about Cal Poly Pomona: Cal Poly Pomona once had a football team in which a Heisman Trophy winner played on.
Diana Cansino, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Favorite place on campus: The Arabian Horse Center.
What Diana enjoys most about working at Cal Poly Pomona: The opportunity to craft meaningful messages to inform prospective students about their higher education options.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona fact: Cal Poly Pomona raises Arabian horses.