EOP has seven 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: Robert Guzman
- CHB - GUT: Cynthia Torres
- GUU - MAL: Danny Oliveira
- MAM - OMA: Beth Crawford
- OMB - SCN: Choose any counselor
- SCO - ZZZ: Chia Her
Robert Guzmán is currently a counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program at San Diego State University and a lecturer for the Center for Latin American Studies, SDSU, where he teaches the History of Mexico and two film studies courses (one of which is on-line) on Latin America. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Guzmán was the EOP tutoring supervisor where he managed tutorial support to over 3,000 EOP students. Mr. Guzmán has over twenty-five years of experience working in higher education with expertise in Financial Aid, Admissions, Outreach to local communities, and Internship development. He has received numerous institutional grants to expand the services at SDSU’s EOP tutorial center as well as with the creation of outreach support services for historically marginalized students. Mr. Guzmán currently supervises the EOP Transfer Bridge Program, a transition program designed to help first year transfer students to become connected with the University. He also advises two student organizations: The EOP Student Advisory Board (ESAB) and the EOP Student Parent Association. Mr. Guzmán received his B.B.A at the University of North Texas in 1991, his M.A. in History at the University of North Texas in 2002 and will receive his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at San Diego State University in 2017. He has received numerous awards for his commitment to student excellence: The Presidential Staff Excellence Award (Tutorial Center) in 2010 and the Most Influential Faculty Award in 2013 and 2016.
Cynthia A. Torres
M.A., Postsecondary Educational Leadership with emphasis in Student Affairs, SDSU
B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University
Ms. Torres has been with San Diego State University since 2001. Ms. Torres started her career at SDSU as an outreach and recruitment officer followed by two years as an Admissions counselor. Additionally, Ms. Torres worked as part of Access Initiatives which worked with middle school students to empower them with the knowledge needed to prepare for high school and to be college ready. Previously to Counseling, Ms. Torres served as an Assistant Director for the EOP Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions unit.
As an undergraduate transfer student from San Diego City and Mesa College, Ms. Torres was involved in the EOP Transfer Bridge Program (TBP) (1993 cohort) which was supervised by Mr. Paul Delys, who would become not only her EOP Counselor but a mentor and friend. In subsequent years, Ms. Torres assisted Mr. Delys in recruiting and coordinating the Transfer Bridge Program. It was in TBP, that Ms. Torres thirst for knowledge began as well as what would be the foundation for advocacy and social justice through a class offered Mexican American Studies 376 (now CCS 376) taught by Dr Rene Nuñez (RIP).
Ms. Torres was actively involved at SDSU as a student leader in MEChA, AChA, College of Sciences Representative and VP of Finance for the Associated Students (AS) Inc. While working as a student worker for the Student Outreach Services (SOS), which preceded our current Admissions department for SDSU, Ms. Torres was the SOS High School Conference liaison for the Student Recruitment and Retention Board (SRRB) in A.S. During this time Ms. Torres’ networks grew along with a deeper appreciation for the similarities amongst our various cultural groups. Stereotypes which once existed began to crumble and were replaced with even a stronger commitment to advocacy and empowered learning.
M, Torres currently serves as advisor to Education Without Borders (EWB) at San Diego State University which is a student organization that aims to create a support system for undocumented and other marginalized students to encourage diversity and the right to equal access of education.
As the first person in her family to attend college, Ms. Torres’ passion and commitment to the empowerment of underrepresented students, like herself, has only grown stronger throughout the years. She has worked with students of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout her career and enjoys the opportunity to pay it forward as an EOP Counselor. Ms. Torres is here to assist you in your ultimate goal of achieving a university degree by helping you to identify all campus resources available to you, to help build your networks of supportive faculty, staff and other students, to guide your personal and professional development and to remind you, “What you put into any relationship is what you get back.”
M.A., Postsecondary Educational Leadership with emphasis in Student Affairs,SDSU
California Single Subject Teaching Credential, San Diego State University
B.A., Kinesiology, San Diego State University
Mr. Oliveira has been a counselor with EOP since 2015, previously serving as a Graduate Assistant for the EOP Guardian Scholars Program. He currently serves as the staff adviser for the Guardian Scholars Student Advisory Board (GSSAB). He was a Science and Physical Education teacher for the Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, CA for five years. Prior to his brief teaching career, Mr. Oliveira served as the Assistant Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life at SDSU for six years before moving on to serve as Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life at San Jose State University for two years.
Mr. Oliveira was actively involved at SDSU as a student leader in Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. and was a co-founder of the United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC). He served as the inaugural President of the USFC and later became the staff adviser for this council for culturally-based Greek Letter Organizations as well as staff adviser for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) for historically African-American Greek Letter Organizations. He takes pride in the development of the USFC as a model for several CSU campuses to empower culturally-based fraternities and sororities and as a catalyst for equity and inclusion of campus Greek communities across California and beyond.
He has continued to be actively involved in Nu Alpha Kappa since his undergraduate years. He was a National President of the organization and continues to serve as a co-founder and Board member of the NAK ALAS (Alumni Association) in San Diego. He now serves as the staff adviser for the NAK SDSU chapter. His attributes much of his personal and professional growth to his involvement as an undergraduate student at SDSU.
As a first generation college student from an immigrant family, he has developed a passion for the empowerment of underrepresented students like himself. He has worked with students of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout his career and enjoys the daily opportunity to pay it forward as an EOP Counselor. Mr. Oliveira is committed to student success by supporting students' academic and personal growth towards the development of their full potential.
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.
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.