Our Team

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Maria Martinez

Director

801-957-4415 | maria.martinez@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood STC 236 L

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Maria Martinez serves as the director of the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (ODMA). Martinez is native of Salt Lake City with roots in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is an alumna of the University of Utah where she completed her undergraduate work in Mass Communication and International Studies and her graduate work in Educational Leadership and Policy.

Martinez has spent her career advocating for historically underrepresented communities with roles in both the K12 and higher education arenas. She currently leads ODMA with her passion for college access and success for marginalized students. She is a firm believer that representation matters and continually works to create programming to validates the multiple identities of students on campus.

Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola

Assistant Director

801-957-3882 | alonso.reynarivarola@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood STC 236 E

Pronouns: El/He/Him

Alonso is the Assistant Director for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Originally from Lima, Peru, Alonso migrated to Utah when he was 11 years of age. His experiences growing up undocuqueer in Utah have shaped his perspectives and inform his passion for supporting and serving historically marginalized communities. He is passionate about serving students and engaging in creative ways to addressing individual and systemic-level change. Alonso graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors B.S. in Sociology and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy with an emphasis in higher education administration.

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Aynoa Rincon Rondon

Administrative Assistant

801-957-4543 | aynoa.rincon@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood STC 236 K

Pronouns: Ella/She/Her/Hers

Aynoa was born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela. She moved to the United States in 2015 at the age of 17 to study English at Harvard, Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently working as the administrative assistant in the office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs where she supports the entire office staff in any way possible as well as supporting student interns and initiatives. She was the Student Association President at Salt Lake Community College in 2017- 2018 where she obtained a double associate in Political Science and Economics and she is currently working in her bachelor’s in international relations and foreign affairs and security from the University of Utah. She also serves as Program Director for Navigators Academy. In this role she has helped to create and develop the underlying structure and function of the Academy, maintain communications with coaches and students, and ensure smooth execution for each class.

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Tevita Ūánga (Leka) Heimuli

Secretary

801-957-3143 | leka.heimuli@slcc.edu | South City SCM 1-140

Pronouns: He/She/They

Alluah’abha! Malo E lelei! Faka Alofa lahi atu! Leka is a first- generation college graduate alumni of Kearns Highschool and SLCC studying social work, gender studies. They are a native of Utah with Tongan/Polynesian roots. They enjoy writing, listening to music, cooking, eating GOOD FOOD and loves to dance. They strongly believe and advocate that with education it can open doors of understanding and fostering awareness to elevate and better oneself to contribute to our families, our ever-changing communities. They are passionate about social justice, equality and equity, cultural identity, trans and queer activism, spirituality and universal education.


Multicultural Success Coordinators

The Multicultural Student Success Coordinators, advocate for all students towards continued success and retention. We motivate, encourage students and teach them responsibility to get them involved in their education. We celebrate their success and educate them to set their own realistic academic performance goals. We discuss topics on difficult dialogues and provide a safe space and atmosphere. Many of the coordinators speak other languages and will help to connect people to any resources that are available to a wide range and variety of students.


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Glory Stanton-Johnson

Manager Multicultural Initiatives

801-957-4380 | Glory.Johnson-Stanton@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood STC 236 F

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello, my Name is Glory. I’m a Multicultural Student Success Manager and Coordinator or African American/African and Native American/Indigenous student populations. I’m here to assist students with informed choices and successfully assist them to attain their educational goals holistically. I’m also the Advisor of the SLCC Black Student Union. I encourage you to take some time out to visit the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. We are dedicated to helping you formulate your plans for success. We also provide mentoring programs, internships, resources, and other opportunities. I look forward to working with you soon!

Resources

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Dr. Kamal Bewar

Student Success Coordinator
Refugee/Immigrant students

801-957-4032 | kamal.bewar@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood STC 236 G

Pronouns: He/His/Him

My name is Dr. Kamal, and I speak Kurdish, Arabic, and some Farsi. I have an Ed.D in Higher Educational Leadership. I am a Student Success Coordinator working with refugee and immigrant students to ensure success on their educational journey. I'd be happy to help you with any of your academic needs or concerns.

Resources

  • Global connections

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Alisi Mateitalo Hoamofaleono Niupalau

Student Success Coordinator
Pacific Islander/ Asian Students

801-957-4559 | Alisi.Niupalau@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood STC 236 H

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I'm a first-generation college student, born and raised in San Mateo, California. I attended the College of San Mateo before transferring to the University of Utah, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Education. I am currently a student at the University of Utah in the Educational Leadership & Policy Master’s Program, with an emphasis in Student Affairs. I'm also the Student Success Coordinator for Pacific Islanders and Asian/Asian American students and look forward to offering guidance, support, and to connect students with resources to help you all be successful as you complete your degree.

Resources

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Sendys Estevez

Student Success Coordinator
Hispanic/Latinx students

801-957-3713 | sendys.estevez@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood STC 236 J

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in NYC and Philadelphia, PA. I've lived in the state of Utah for the last 8 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration (Marketing) and I'm currently pursuing a masters in Community Leadership with an emphasis on Education at Westminster College. I am the Success Coordinator for Latinx students at SLCC and I'm super passionate about empowering students of color to own their educational journey and achieve their life goals. I am the advisor for Somos Mas (Amigos Mentores) Program.

Resources

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Peter Moosman

Gender Sexuality Student Resource Center Coordinator

801-957-3143 | peter.moosman@slcc.edu | South City SCM 1-140

Pronouns: He/Him/His, They/Them/Their

As a first-generation college graduate native to Utah, I have been with SLCC for almost ten years. I graduated from SLCC in 2011 with degrees in Humanities and Political Science, and at Weber State University in 2014 with a degree in Civic Advocacy. After coming out as gay in 2015, my whole life has shifted and I'm now excited to serve SLCC as the inaugural Gender & Sexuality Student Resource Center coordinator, where I can blend my passions for education, advocacy, and human rights into my career.

Resources

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Brenda Santoyo

Graduate Assistant

801-957-5124 | Brenda.Santoyo@slcc.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

My name is Brenda Santoyo – I am an SLCC alumnus. I am currently completing my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. As a U.S. citizen of undocumented parents, I have always strived to serve the individual needs of my community. My drive and passion for the field stems from my background in serving undocumented students initially entering the Bridge to Success and Bruin Scholars programs through the office for Orientation & Student Success. In my time at the College, I have played a role in launching the Bruin Dreams scholarship program, creating the Undocumented Student Ally Training, upholding the charge of the Undocumented Student Resource Committee, and managing SLCC’s Dream Center, the second in the state of Utah.

Resources

  • Dream Center

PACE (Partnerships for Accessing College Education)

PACE (Partnerships for Accessing College Education) is a scholarship program created to increase college participation and graduation rates for high school students. The Project was created by a partnership between local high schools, businesses, and Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Eligible high school freshman at participating schools are invited to enroll in this four-year program.


Monica Gomez Rogerson

Coordinator, PACE Scholarship Program

801-957-5026 | monica.rogerson@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood

Mario Organista

Advisor, PACE Scholarship Program
Advisor for Cottonwood and West High Schools.

801-957-5030 | mario.organista@slcc.edu

Office Hours:
West High School
Tuesdays: 7:45 am – 2:30 pm (309)
Fridays: 7:45 am – 2:30 pm (Our Casa)

Cottonwood High School (Faculty Lounge next to Rm 290)
Wednesdays: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

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Monica Salas Jimenez

Advisor, PACE Scholarship Program.

801-957-5030 | monica.salasjimenez@slcc.edu | Taylorsville Redwood