EOP has six professional counselors who are committed to the academic success of students. Counselors provide academic, career and personal counseling as well as facilitate academic success , probationary and personal development workshops . Counselors are also involved in the SOAR mentoring program, transitional programs, and services for student-parents including those involved in CalWORKs.
- AAA - CHA: Wanda Clay Majors
- CHB - GUT: Fabiola Pimienta
- GUU - MAL: Liz Alvarado
- MAM - OMA: Beth Crawford
- OMB - SCN: Bryan Spencer
- SCO - ZZZ: Chia Her
Wanda Clay Majors
M.A., Education with an emphasis in Counseling, San Diego State University
B.A., Fine Arts/Humanities, Scripps College
Ms. Clay Majors has been a counselor with the EOP department since 2000, previously working in the College of Business for fourteen years. Much of her expertise lies in the area of program development and implementation. She has been the coordinator for the developmental and academic components of the EOP B.E.S.T. Summer Bridge Program and created and implemented the SOAR (Success, Opportunity, Academics, Relationships) Program for EOP. She has been instrumental in the creation of EOP Learning Communities, working with other campus departments to provide a structured and supportive learning environment for students.
Ms. Clay Majors was the co-founder and chair for the African American Faculty Staff Scholarship. She has provided diversity training for the campus as well as for other organizations, and as a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors (NACADA) has made a number of presentations at the organization’s regional and national conferences.
As a graduate of LEAD San Diego, Ms. Clay Majors has been active in the community via board memberships with the YWCA and the Community Development Corporation (CEDA). She is one of the founding members of the Golden ANKH Association, an organization dedicated to the educational development and support of African American high school girls.
M.S., Educational Counseling & Pupil Personnel Services Credential, University of La Verne, Sacramento Campus
B.A., Psychology, California State University, Chico
Ms. Fabiola Pimienta joined the EOP team in Fall 2010. Prior to working in EOP, she worked as a school counselor for San Diego Unified School District and also worked for SDSU EOP Summer Bridge Program in 2008 and 2009.
Ms. Fabiola is originally from Northern California, where she lived all of her life up until 2008 when she graduated with her masters and decided to move to San Diego. She has gained valuable work experience throughout the years that have prepared her to work with students that come from all backgrounds. Her work experience has consisted of working as a Mental Health worker in a level-14 facility group home, as a Group Counselor in a juvenile hall/boot camp and as an Outreach Consultant to struggling high school students. Ms. Fabiola’s passion for working with youth has been deeply rooted from life experiences that she encountered.
Ms. Fabiola Pimienta is also a first generation college graduate who benefited from programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Educational Talent Search (ETS) as a student. It was her positive experiences with these programs that motivated her to pursue a career in student services, but more specifically working directly with underrepresented students, providing guidance to help students achieve their goals.
M.S., Counselor Education, San Diego State University
B.A., Psychology, Cal State Northridge, Psychology and Chicano Studies
Ms. Alvarado has been a counselor with the EOP department since 1991. Previously she worked for seventeen years as a psychological counselor with Counseling and Psychological Services. Ms. Alvarado focuses her time on meeting with students and advising them regarding their academic success. She also enjoys the student contact and interaction she gets from teaching University Seminar classes for EOP students.
Ms. Alvarado has been an active speaker to Latina sororities such as, Lambda Sigma Gamma, and Alpha Pi Sigma. She has been the Advisor to the Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity since 1994 which she finds to be a very satisfying and worthwhile endeavor.
M.A, Education with an emphasis in Multicultural Counseling
B.A., Public Administration, San Diego State University
Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Point Loma Nazarene College
Ms. Crawford has been a counselor with the EOP department since 1986. Prior to working with EOP she was at Student Outreach Services for three years. She has been the BEST Summer Bridge Academic Coordinator, and servises on the BEST administrative team. She has also coordinated the SOAR Mentoring Program for EOP.
Ms. Crawford is active in the campus community as well. She has been the Lambda Sigma Gamma advisor for over twelve years, a multicultural sorority at SDSU. Every year she facilitates at TEAM SDSU, a weekend leadership conference for all fraternity and sorority presidents at SDSU. Ms. Crawford also serves on the Student Grievance Committee for the Office of the Ombudsman, an office that investigates and resolves student concerns. Read more about Beth in the SA Bridge newsletter.
M.A., Education with an emphasis in Multicultural Counseling (CBB), San Diego State University
B.A., Business Administration – Information Decision Systems, San Diego State University
Mr. Spencer has been a counselor with the EOP department since August 2010. Prior to working as a counselor he worked for EOP for four years as a Recruitment and Early Outreach Officer and Summer Bridge Asst. Coordinator/Lead Counselor. He helped develop EOP Campus T.O.U.R.S. (Translating Opportunities to Uplift Rising Stars) for elementary and middle school students and the EOP Volunteer Program for current EOP students to assist with EOP recruitment efforts and inspire the next generation of prospective EOP students.
Mr. Spencer is active on campus with other SDSU departments and student organizations. He has participated in various professional panels at conferences, conducted counseling groups, and facilitated diversity workshops for other departments such as the Cross-Cultural Center. He has been a co-advisor for the EOP Student Advisory Board and is currently a co-advisor for the Filipino-American student organization, Andres Bonifacio Samahan, of which he is an alumni and former Chairperson. Read more about Bryan in the SA Bridge newsletter.
M.Ed., Education with an emphasis in Counseling in Student Affairs,
University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Political Science/Public Policy, University of California, San Diego
Ms. Her joined the EOP team in 2008. Previously, she worked at UC San Diego in the History Department as the Undergraduate Advisor and in the Chemistry/Biochemistry Department as both the Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor. While pursuing her Master's degree at UCLA, she interned at West Los Angeles College where she helped advise community college students about transferring to four-year universities.
She is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors (NACADA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Additionally, she is a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.
Ms. Her's experience as a first-generation college graduate and her experience working with CREATE (Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence) motivated her to pursue a career in student services to help students realize their academic, career, and personal goals. Ms. Her is committed to student success and encourages students to utilize the support services and resources available to help them achieve academic and personal success.