SOMeCA Staff


    Sayo Fujioka - Director

  • Sayo Fujioka

    SOMeCA

    Sayo Fujioka has deep roots in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas as well as the UCSC community, graduating with a degree in Sociology. Prior to serving as Director, Sayo managed and organized successful electoral campaigns and citywide cultural festivals in Watsonville.  She was recruited to UCSC to design leadership trainings then served as a student organization advisor. Sayo attributes her love of collaborative, fast-paced environments to her ten years in the Bay Area restaurant industry, including her work as a Field Representative for the hotel and restaurant employees union. 

    831.459.2934  -  sfujioka@ucsc.edu 


  • Don Williams - Director

  • Don Williams

    Cultural Arts & Diversity

    Don Williams brings over 35 years of theater production, performance, and mentorship to his role as Artistic Director of Cultural Arts and Diversity (CAD). Don is the founder, producer, and director of the African American Theater Arts Troupe and Rainbow Theater, which offer diverse and empowering theater performances to the campus and to under-resourced high schools throughout California. Don served as an officer and advisor for the Black Theater Network and travels to bring nationally recognized productions to UCSC. Don is a lecturer for Stevenson, Theater Arts, and Oakes. He earned his B.A. in Theater Arts with a minor in Telecommunications at Michigan State University and studied Directing and Theater History at the University of Southern California.

    831.459.1861  -  dwilliam@ucsc.edu 


  • Katherine Canales - Associate Director

  • Katherine Canales

    SOAR

    Katherine grew up in Hollywood, California. As an undergraduate, she helped organize statewide conferences and film festivals while earning her B.A. in International Politics at UCSC. In 2002, Katherine was caught in a devastating earthquake while visiting El Salvador. She put her organizing talent to work and developed effective community-based disaster relief programs. Katherine returned home to serve as a mentor for low-income, first generation college students for the Upward Bound/TRIO Program at the University of Southern California.

    831.459.5645  -  kcanales@ucsc.edu 


  • Francisco Galvan - Associate Director

  • Francisco Galvan

    SOMeCA

    Francisco Galvan was a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and a Rotary International leader in his hometown of Hawthorne, California. He served as a Bilingual Instructional Technician for English Language Learners while simultaneously building his financial and management skills in a retail corporation. Through his work, Francisco developed a keen appreciation for fiscal processes and the creativity involved in increasing financial efficiencies. Francisco earned his degree in Literature at UCSC and served as a mentor for his Greek Letter Organization.

    831.459.3488  -  fgalvan1@ucsc.edu 


  • Jennifer Cain - Assistant Director

  • Jennifer Cain

    Student Media

    Jennifer Cain serves as the Interim Student Media Assistant Director and Broadcast Advisor, teaching and advising students in broadcast production.  She attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism with a focus in video storytelling, and has worked at ABC 7 and AJ+ in the Bay Area. An alumna of UCSC, Jenn was a co-editor in chief of City on a Hill Press. She trains students in the legal, technical and organizational aspects of videography under the student agency model. Trust, collaboration, fair and accurate reporting, are aspects she finds essential for successful storytelling.

    831.459.5360  -  jmcain@ucsc.edu 


  • Carmen Gutierrez - Program Manager

  • Carmen Gutierrez

    SOAR; Student Run Sustainability Organizations

    Carmen Gutierrez grew up in a small city in Southeast Los Angeles and moved to Santa Cruz in 2012 where she pursued a degree in Ecology & Environmental Studies. As a student she was involved in the Student Environmental Center and the Student Organization Leadership Body. She was also a peer adviser at Cowell College and the SOAR office. Through her student involvement she learned the importance of finding your voice and a community that supports each other. She is excited to be back with Enviroslug to support students in their missions towards a sustainable campus and world. 

    831.459.1714  -  cgutier9@ucsc.edu 


  • Jhordy Gongora - Program Organizer

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    SOAR; Engaging Education

    As the Program Organizer Jhordy advises and support the e2 community. Through the student agency model he works in partnership with the e2 community to maintain the functions and operations of the center. Some of his favorite pastimes include cooking, going on hikes, watching anime, and listening to hip-hop, jazz, and music in general. 

    831.459.1743  -  jrgongor@ucsc.edu 


  • Susan Watrous – Program Manager

  • Susan Watrous

    Student Media

    Susan Watrous is both a UCSC lecturer and a SOMeCA Program Manager, advising Student Media's print organizations. She has a degree in American Studies and over 20 years of experience as an editor, writer, and project manager for magazine, book, academic, and multimedia projects, including companies that produce hardware and software to power the high-tech world. Susan is passionate about teaching and about empowering the next generation of media makers. She is a recipient of a UCSC Excellence in Teaching Award. 

    831.459.5817  -  swatrous@ucsc.edu 


  • Arlan Mendiola - Program Manager

  • Arlan Mendiola

    SOAR

    Arlan Mendiola joined SOMeCA in June 2015 as a Program Manager. He is a first generation college graduate, having earned an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the USC Rossier School of Education as well as a B.S. in Molecular Biology from UCSC. Before returning to UCSC, Arlan worked in various aspects of education including college preparatory programs, career services, academic advising, and alumni engagement. His passion to serve in higher education stems from his undergraduate involvement with the Filipino and Asian/Pacific Islander communities.

    831.459.4526  -  amendiol@ucsc.edu 


  • Cory Fong - Program Manager

  • Cory Fong

    SOAR

    Cory Fong was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Before joining SOMeCA as a Program Manager, he pursued a B.A. in literature while serving as an editor and reporter for five years in various collegiate publications, including UCSC’s student-run newspaper, City on a Hill Press. As a student mediamaker, Cory focused on developing practices that promote critical-thinking, compassion ​and collaboration within a newsroom while ​building relationships across city and c​ampus communities.

    831.459.3960  -  comfong@ucsc.edu 


  • Griffin Smith - Facilities and Administrative Assistant

  • Griffin Smith

    SOMeCA

    Griffin Smith graduated from UCSC in the spring of 2017 with a B.A. in Film & Digital Media. Before joining SOAR, he worked as both an equipment manager & a business assistant for Student Media. He is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Griffin was born & raised in Anaheim, California but has also lived in north-central Massachusetts & Sunnyvale, California before coming to Santa Cruz.

    831.459.2840  -  gssmith@ucsc.edu 


  • Wendy Siguenza - Fiscal Coordinator

  • Wendy Siguenza

    SOAR and Cultural Arts & Diversity

    Wendy Siguenza is from Los Angeles, CA. A First-Generation college student who graduated from UCSC with a B.A. in Sociology. In her high school years, Wendy was involved with creating campaigns, organizing, and lobbying in Sacramento to demand that low income communities have access to healthier eating options (i.e. more community gardens, less fast food restaurants, and less liquor stores) and health care. In college, Wendy became involved with SOAR, the ERCs, Chicanx/Latinx Resource Center, and Mujers Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Through these spaces, Wendy praticed critical thinking and coordinated events/workshops that focused on health, wellness, language, community organizing, and provided tools for students to navigate and succeed in higher education.

     

    831.459.5573  - wsiguenz@ucsc.edu