Meet the Staff

Career Staff

2016-2017 Peer Staff

Manny Carter-Joslyn
Manny Carter-Joslyn

I am a 2nd year transfer student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education. I transferred from American River Collge in Sacramento, CA.

Campus involvement: During my time at UC Davis I have been involved in a lot of activities and organizations revolving around k-12 education. I am a public relations officer for the Student California Teaching Association here on campus. I have also done internships at Emmerson Junior High School in 6th through 7th grade English and History classes here in Davis. In addition to being involved in education I have also volunteered at the Women’s Resources and Research Center.

Hobbies: In my free time I like to bead my own jewelry, it is really relaxing for me. I also enjoy taking family trips camping and hiking. I like to gathering plants and check out the wildlife. I really enjoy the outdoors and would spend most of my time there if I could. I also enjoy hanging out with my daughter. We have a lot of fun together playing and learning. I enjoy watching scary movies and listening to audiobooks.

Advice for transfer students: If I had one tidbit of advice for new transfer, reentry or student-parent it would be to find one thing on campus that you love to do and do that thing to the best of your ability. It can be easy to succumb to all the pressure to be a certain kind of student, but when you find that one thing you love, you have found the student you were meant to be.

Brian Phu
Brian Phu

I am a 2nd year transfer student double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I transferred from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA.

Campus involvement: I am now adjusted to the quarter system at UC Davis and take the opportunities I have to socialize with students on and off campus to expand my networking. I involve myself in social circles geared towards social change and when I talk to students who are not familiar with the spaces on campus I provide them with information on the different resources available on campus.

Hobbies: In my spare time I like to travel, spend time with family and friends, write, and learn new things that can help me improve myself, my life, and the lives of those around me.

Advice for transfer students: Do not let discomfort discourage you from pursuing your education at a higher institution. It will take time to adjust to the speed, environment, and structure, but with effort, persistence, and perseverance you can do well here. You are just as intelligent as students who come here as freshmen.

Oswaldo Vargas
Oswaldo Vargas

I am a 2nd year transfer student majoring in History with a minor in Human Rights. I transferred from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA.

Campus involvement: Outside of the Transfer and Reentry Center, I am heavily involved with the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center on campus where I work as a front desk volunteer. I am a member of the UndocuPride Speaker’s Bureau, where I help host trainings for peers and educators alike and take part in panels about the undocumented student experience.  I am also one of the campus ambassadors for Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society and club. In the past I have worked with Yik’al Kuyum of the Student Recruitment and Retention Center, where I mentored for their Chicanx/Latinx Leadership Retreat and Chi/Lat high school youth leadership conferences. Through the history department I am currently working on an undergraduate honors thesis with Dr. Oropeza, which gave me the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. for archival research in February of 2017.

Hobbies: I write poetry and send it out to publication consideration. In 2016 I was published in the Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands anthology from Aunt Lute Press, and have continued ever since. I also like to collect Penguin Classic editions of books and read manga.

Advice for transfer students: Whether it is through a single center, club, or class you can and will find your people. I transferred with no clue of what was to come, but great things have happened since, along with meeting the most amazing people along the way.