Meet the student mentors in the Men of Color Community at De Anza.
Diego Cihuacoatl Gomez is a re-entry student of Mexican-American heritage. He is an advocate of using culture as a tool in the path to self-empowerment, and understands the importance of a healthy and strong self-identity. Diego is also a practicing Buddhist, spoken word poet, community activist and aspiring artist. Diego hopes to serve as a productive member of the Men of Color Community by mentoring students, participating in projects and advocating academic success through example.
Major: Biological Sciences (Pre-Pharmacy)
Stephan Kanga is an international student from Kenya. He views leadership as a call to service and is passionate about leadership development, science, and technology. Stephan holds an honors degree in biochemistry from Moi University and also serves as public relations officer for the college's Medical Outreach Association. In his spare time, Stephan enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
Major: Sociology and Latin-American Studies
As a non-traditional re-entry student, Adan Perez hopes to use his experiences to motivate and mentor students of color who may question if they belong in institutions of higher education. His goal is to transfer to UCLA to double major in sociology and Latin-American studies and minor in Spanish.
Major: Sociology (Social Justice and Policy Change emphasis)
Christopher Tenorio decided to go back to school after feeling that he was not meeting his potential in the working world. As a Chamorro/Pacific Islander, he found new strength in empowering those of his ethnicity and other people of color who navigate the spaces of higher education. Christopher hopes to help create and sustain a future where all people of color and marginalized persons use education to move forward in their lives while also giving back to their respective communities in an effort to dismantle the injustice rampant in our various institutions.