Sociology Peer Mentorship Program

The Sociology Peer Mentor Program is excited to support all of our Sociology majors and minors!
Our program offers two forms of support:

  • 1:1 pairings
  • Drop-in hours

The 1:1 pairings provide a consistent source of outreach as our mentors will contact and meet with assigned mentees several times each semester. This offers the opportunity to better develop rapport and a sense of trust so that the program can best serve the mentee needs. Ultimately, students develop partnerships for encouraging a successful, supportive, and empowering experience within the Department of Sociology and at CSUF more broadly.

Drop-in hours are structured similarly to faculty office hours. These hours are open to any Sociology major or minor and mentors will meet with peers via Zoom during their available days/times (which you can find below on the calendar). These are first come, first serve hours. You do not need an appointment. The drop-in hours option is great for more brief questions, concerns, or for general guidance purposes.

Peer Mentor:

Aspen Dyer

Tags: transfer student, veteran benefits, applying to graduate school, current MA Sociology students, students interested in MSW, undergraduate research experience

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Hello! My name is Aspen Dyer and I am a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at CSUF. I started as an undergrad at Sacramento City College and transferred to CSUF in 2018, where I earned my B.A. in Sociology. After I earn my M.A. in 2022, I plan to continue on to an MSW program to hopefully become a social worker. Outside of school, I spend a lot of time volunteering with different social programs, walking my dog, and reading. My number one tip for success is to set small, achievable goals that lead to bigger, long-term goals. I am looking forward to meeting you in my drop-in hours, so please stop by!

Peer Mentor:

Erik Luis Arroyo

Tags: first generation students, veteran benefits/GI bill, changing majors, out-of-state experiences, applying to graduate school, current MA Sociology students, work/life balance

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Hello all! My name is Erik Luis Arroyo. I am a 2nd year graduate student in sociology at Cal State Fullerton. I am originally from a small town in northern New Jersey, 10 miles outside of New York City. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Penn State University back in May 2018. Outside of school, I love to workout at the gym, go for long scenic runs, and spend time at the beach. One tip for success I would give is to take things one step at a time. University life can be very daunting, but it is much easier when you learn to pace yourself through your journey. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!

Peer Mentor:

Steven Macias

Tags: transfer student, parent, higher education reentry, non-profit post-graduation plans,working students

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Hey Soc students! My name is Steven and I am a senior at CSUF majoring in sociology with a minor in marketing. As a re-entry student, I have had the unique opportunity to gain invaluable career experience in the nonprofit sector, working alongside impactful organizations to provide resources and support to at-risk youth and families across the country. In addition to being a full-time student, I am also a husband and proud #GirlDad who has a good understanding of the challenges students face when balancing multiple responsibilities. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter. I look forward to connecting and hope to walk alongside you on your academic journey!

Tip for success: Find what motivates you and never lose sight of the end goal. You are closer to reaching your goals today than you were yesterday.

Peer Mentor:

Leah Yagin

Tags: first generation students, first-year freshman experience at CSUF, veteran benefits, campus clubs and extracurriculars, self-care/student wellness

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Hi! My name is Leah Yagin. I am a first-generation student studying Sociology with a concentration in Health and Social Welfare, and a minor in Human Services. I plan to attend graduate school for both a Master’s Degree and PhD. I aspire to work with nonprofit organizations and eventually become an international humanitarian aid worker. I currently serve as the Director of Administration for the Humanities and Social Sciences Inter-Club Council, Finance Director for TEDxCSUF, and outside of school I am a Youth leader and Sunday School Teacher at my church. My non-academic passions include trying new coffee blends, sewing, and hikes. I am so excited to get in touch with you all; I strongly believe that building connections and learning from each other will help to grow as individuals in and out of academic careers.

Fall 2021 Sociology Peer Mentor Schedule

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Contact Information:
For further information about the Sociology Peer Mentoring Program, please contact:
Dr. Devon Thacker Thomas
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