• HEAL Project

Meet our HEAL Project Coordinator

Angelouise LegaspiAngelouise Legaspi
HEAL Project Coordinator 

Angelouise “Angel” Legaspi (she/her/hers) is the HEAL Project Coordinator. She works closely with resource centers including the DREAM Center, Pride Center and the Veterans Resource Center to provide additional support to students experiencing different barriers throughout their academic journey. Angel graduated from CSUN with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Applied Fitness & Active Lifestyle Development and most recently with a master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in College Counseling & Student Services.

As a first-generation Filipina-American college graduate, she understands the difficulties of assimilating into higher education and the barriers that can impede academic success. Angel is passionate about advocating for and supporting diverse students while providing a safe and brave space for students coming from different walks of life. She believes it is imperative to find alternative ways to close equity gaps and promote access to services that help students achieve their goals. Her interests also include mental health and intersectionalities within underrepresented communities.


Denise Barcena

Denise Barcena
HEAL Project MSW Intern

Denise R. Barcena (she/her/hers) is the HEAL Project Intern. She earned bachelor’s degrees from CSUN in Child & Adolescent Development and Psychology in 2017 and is currently in the Master’s in Social Work (MSW) graduate program at CSUN.

As a first generation Mexican-American college graduate, Denise understands the challenges of navigating student, employment and personal life, as well as the lack of understanding about available resources created to assist student learners. With experience in nonprofit mental health, she has found the importance of empowering others to share their individual voice and encourages self-advocacy to support healthy interactions. She believes we are all the authors to our own unfinished story. Her interests include continuing to develop an understanding of cultural interpersonal relationships and the development of children’s cultural interactions and relationship development.