Homegrown Group

The CSUN Homegrown Group aims to link fellow CSUN alumni who currently serve as faculty or staff within the Matador community. In keeping with the diversity and inclusion the campus fosters we will utilize our strengths rooted throughout the campus to support and build resources within the group.

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Tiana Mason received her BA in child and adolescent development from CSUN. She has worked with children and families throughout the San Fernando Valley for more than 15 years. Tiana worked in social services, at the International Student Exchange Center on campus and is an outreach counselor at Student Outreach and Recruitment. She is an advocate for equal opportunity in higher education and is dedicated to helping prospective students achieve their goals. When she is not working, you can find her trying a new restaurant, traveling with friends or spending time at the beach.

Juliana Alvarez, CSUN class of 2012; She graduated CSUN with a Marketing Degree through the David Nazarian College of Business and is currently working in The Soraya performing Arts Center. Juliana is a passionate advocate for the arts and specifically the diversity that can be offered to the San Fernando Valley community through such art. As a Production Administrator she continues her commitment to cultural and musical diversity. During her free time, she enjoys running, reading and poetry slam.

Claudia Montes, CSUN Class of 2013; works in the Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance. During this pandemic period responsibilities are transitioning more into the Risk and Management environment of the university. Past experience in non-profit accounting, worked for Human and Immigration rights organization. Rewarding life opportunity to meet passionate people advocating for our community and in some way supporting their work. Claudia enjoys, hiking during her free time, and spending time with her young siblings.

Rachelle Yousuf earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2011 and her M.A. in English in 2015 from CSUN. She has worked with various nonprofits over the past decade, including serving as the National President of the Women’s National Book Association. Previously, she worked as the Head of Membership at PEN Center USA, a literary arts and human rights nonprofit. Rachelle is happy to be back at CSUN as the Annual Giving Manager, working to increase resources for students across campus. She is the staff liaison to the Homegrown Committee.