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Meet Our Peer Educators

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Saimir Thano, Ph.D

Saimir Thano, Ph.D

Peer Educator Program Coordinator

Peer Educators are undergraduate students representing a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. Many, but certainly not all, students participating in the program are pursuing either employment or graduate work in the counseling/mental health professions. However, students in the program have represented a variety of undergraduate majors and there are former Peer Educators and Student Associate Coordinators who have entered into such graduate programs as economics, law, and veterinary medicine. Peer Educators have a genuine commitment to learning and self-growth, and to providing a meaningful service to the UC Irvine student community. Students accepted into the program during the Spring Quarter participate during the following academic year.

Itzia Plascencia, M.A.

Itzia Plascencia, M.A.

Doctoral Intern

Amarilis Ruiz

Amarilis Ruiz

Peer Coordinator

Aubriana Lopez

Aubriana Lopez

Peer Coordinator

Chanelle Hwang

Chanelle Hwang

Peer Coordinator

Darcy Wang

Darcy Wang

Peer Educator

Emily Piza

Emily Piza

Peer Educator

Emily Ramirez

Emily Ramirez

Peer Educator

Erin Ramos

Erin Ramos

Peer Educator

Gabriela Baeza

Gabriela Baeza

Peer Educator

Gaganpreet Kaur

Gaganpreet Kaur

Peer Educator

Joyce Hui

Joyce Hui

Peer Educator

Katelyn Vuong

Katelyn Vuong

Peer Educator

Lauren Matsukawa

Lauren Matsukawa

Peer Educator

Nicole Kirkorian

Nicole Kirkorian

Peer Educator

Ranelle Rigor

Ranelle Rigor

Peer Educator

Shane Prasad

Shane Prasad

Peer Educator

Vivian Nguyen

Vivian Nguyen

Peer Educator

Seeking Authenticity with Friendships

It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!

While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!

Mental Health Spring Cleaning

It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!

While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!

Body Neutrality

It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!

While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!