Our mentors represent a variety of backgrounds, from academic colleges and on-campus organizations to personal identities and experiences at CSUN.
Find out more about our mentors below!
Participating students are paired with a Mentor based on how they want to use the program, whether it be getting assistance on passing a class or joining a new club on campus! Our Mentors have their own unique traits and assist their students differently. Should you join the program, you will be paired with a mentor that best suits your particular needs and interests!
What is up everyone! My name is Ethan Duarte I am from Castaic, California. This is going to be my third year in the Mechanical Engineering Program here at CSUN. I’m interested in specifically energy systems and green energy, which is what I want to pursue research and teaching in down the line after getting my master’s degree. Along with being a science nerd I enjoy skateboarding, hiking, playing video games and just meeting new people. I’m looking forward to being part of this program this year because I get to help new freshman get the guidance they need to succeed as well as create a safe and fun environment for my mentees and fellow mentors as well!
Welcome Matadors! My name is Kaylee Friedman, my gender pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a senior majoring in Biology. After I receive my bachelor’s degree here at CSUN, I plan on pursuing my dream of attending veterinary school and becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I have an incredible love for animals, especially dogs, and proudly flaunt the title of “dog mom”. I have a 4-year-old chihuahua/terrier mix named Presley and absolutely love taking her to different parks around the valley. I am also a passionate music lover. When I have free time, there is nothing I enjoy more than seeking out concerts and listening to live music. Some of the best concerts I have attended have been Fleetwood Mac, Tame Impala, and Mac DeMarco... just to name a few. I even collect vinyl records and have a collection of over one hundred! Attending CSUN has also allowed me to develop a deep love for campus involvement and leadership. Throughout my years here, I have joined various organizations such as New Student Orientation, Greek Life, and now the CSUN Mentorship Program. Last year, I was a part of New Student Orientation’s TAKE 31 cast which helped me become a more confident and outspoken individual. My goal as a mentor is to help you find this same confidence within yourself. As a mentor, I will make it my priority to help you smoothly transition into the campus community. I hope to help you feel comfortable with your campus even before you are able to visit it in person. I aim to do so by creating an open and honest support system with whom you are free to express yourself. You are a Matador now and I want this CSUN pride to be instilled within you. I can not wait to see where this year leads you all!
Hey Matadors! My name is Yannelli Mejia, but I also go by Nelli. I am a 4th year majoring in FCS: Family Studies. I am hoping to become a family therapist or pediatrician. I was a mentee in the program my freshman year and this program impacted me in an amazing way. Because of this program I’ve been involved in the New Student Orientation program for about 3 years now, as well as Greek life. I am a first-generation college student so I understand how hard it must be entering college. As a mentor I hope to help my mentees achieve their goals as well as help them get involved on campus. My mentor pushed me to branch out and try new things because of this I can honestly say I’ve made the most out of my 4 years here. I’m hoping to have the same impact on my mentees. On another note I love baseball, writing spoken word, watching horror movies (I’m a horror movie fanatic), and painting. With all that being said I hope that my mentees feel as though they can trust me and come to me with any questions they may have! I hope that by the end of your time in this program you see CSUN as your home, and you have the confidence to continuously be successful here a CSUN!
David Nieto Orellana
Hello, my name is David Nieto Orellana. I’m a third-year here at CSUN. I’m currently a CTVA TV Production with hopes of becoming a successful content creator in the industry. In my free time, I enjoy freestyling and watching any forms of media. This past year I was apart of the CSUN Mentorship program as a mentee and I can truly say it has helped me achieve my goals. I also have participated in CSUN’s New Student Orientation/ TAKE 32. That being said I want to use everything I gained from NSO and Mentorship program and provide my mentees with any and all resources they may need while they are at CSUN. By the end of it all, I would want to see my mentees succeed with their goals and be able to call CSUN there home!
Hello Matadors! My name is Isabella Rizzo, I am 21 years old, my gender pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a senior Deaf Studies major focusing in Deaf Education with a minor in Recreation Management. I am excited to return as a peer mentor this year, having been in this program since my freshman year. I lived in the dorms for two years, an apartment for a year, and currently back home during this time with school being virtual. You can typically find me attending all the different campus events, especially sports games with friends. I love CSUN and the welcoming environment from everybody; it has helped me to branch out, make connections and get more involved in different aspects of campus. A few programs I am involved with include New Student Orientation, Camp Matador, Associated Students Leadership, and University Ambassadors, as well as a few other clubs on campus. I hope to be someone my mentees can trust and rely on as a source for help and advice. I want to provide students with an easier transition into college life. I think that my personal experiences with helping others prior to and throughout college allows me to be a good source and example for my mentees to help find success for themselves. Ultimately, I want to help students find their place on campus to make CSUN the place for them to grow.
What’s up, everyone! My name is Renz Torres and you’re watching the Disney Channel. My gender pronouns are he/him/his. I am a third-year Psychology major and waiting on approval to minor in Entertainment Media Management. Aside from being a Peer mentor for the CSUN Mentorship, I am also a leader for the New Student Orientation Program for the past 2 years now. During my free time, I like to watch TikToks and watch shows or movies on Netflix when I’m the mood. My favorite show of all time has to be Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I think I’d make a great Firebender. I enjoy spending time with my family and relatives, especially when we go on trips together. Fun fact, I have a lot of relatives on both sides of my parents that a family tree won’t suffice, we’d need a family forest. I also love taking pictures for fun especially of landscapes and I’m planning on getting a DSLR since I mostly use my phone to take pictures. My goal as a mentor is to help my mentees realize what it means to be part of the CSUN community as a Matador. As a first-generation college student, I had to navigate the University life on my own most of the time. However, now that I am a mentor and have been in college for some time now, I would love to be able to assist my mentees by sharing some insights I have gathered throughout my years here at CSUN. I hope that by doing so, my mentees will be well equipped with the many resources CSUN has to offer throughout their time here. I’m excited to get to know you all!
Hey there Matadors! My name is Maria Trujillo and my gender pronouns are she/her/hers. I am an only child and a first-generation DACA student. I am currently in my 4th year here at CSUN with a major in Liberal Studies and a minor in Child Development. After graduating, I plan on getting my teaching credentials and becoming a teacher. I really love working with children, I actually work at the Children’s Center here on campus and I also work at a local elementary school. I am currently involved in Greek Life and outside of campus I am very involved in my church. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and going to places that have nice views. During my freshman year I was a Mentee in this program and I feel like this program gave me so much, I don’t think I would be where I am right now without that guidance that I had from my Mentor. This is actually my first year being a Peer Mentor and I am really excited to give back to this program and help my mentees reach their goals. I really look forward to meeting you all and being your support system!
Hello! My name is Jean Julian Tusubira. I am a transfer student from Moorpark college (beautiful campus) and I am currently going into senior year here at CSUN as an Accounting major. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. It is a pleasure to be a part of the CSUN mentorship program. I love to dance, shop, decorate my room, and read, when I am not being lazy about it… It can be a difficult transition from high school to College and I hope I can help make that transition easier for you as we navigate through university life, especially through this virtual environment. I love being able to help people and want to help my fellow students find spaces they can feel welcomed, engage with people that they perhaps may not have otherwise, and just simply find a place of belonging hear on our campus. When I transferred from community college, getting involved is what helped me meet all the people I consider dear to me today. It helped me navigate not only university life, but professional life as well, and I continue to make connections with the amazing people I’m surrounded by. Along with the CSUN Mentorship Program, I am also involved in the Accounting Association and African Students Organization. Do not be discouraged to put yourself out there because we are now behind a screen! I want to help you make the best of your college experience, even virtually, because you’re never going to get this time back, why not enjoy it with your fellow students who are facing the same challenges. Everything in life happens in its own time and it happens for a reason. I am very grateful for my time here at CSUN and I hope you can make connections that add that same value to your lives as well. As a mentor, I hope to help you make the stresses that come along with this experience manageable, help you navigate the many resources, clubs and organization on campus, support you academically and personally, and be someone you can rely on and reach out to without having to hold parts of yourself back.
Hey Y’all, my name is Gift Udeh. I’m a fourth-year majoring in Electrical Engineering. My gender pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a first-generation student, so coming to CSUN was a major adjustment for me. It took a lot of support to be able to come out of my shell and become more proactive and involved on campus. I have been working in CSUN Student Housing for the past 4 years and currently work in the Housing IT department. Besides the Mentorship Program and Housing, I am also involved in New Student Orientation program as a TAKE XXXII cast member. I am also on the board of the National Society of Black Engineers and the African Student Organization. Being able to take part in these amazing organizations has truly shaped who I am today. I know the stress of moving to a new place, away from family, and into a situation that may be completely new to you. I was in that same situation but being able to take apart in this program as a former mentee made that adjustment so much easier. The connections, friendships, mentorship, and bonds I have built through this program is the reason I call CSUN my home. I hope as a mentor that I am able to help alleviate some of that stress for my mentees. I want to help you find the resources, organizations, and/or clubs that will make you feel connected to CSUN and be able to call it your home as well.