Enriching the cultural experience for all students

Meet the Staff

Francine Aclan

 Student Intern

International Business, Class of  2023
Karyme Lara Chagoya

 Student Intern

Criminal Justice and Psychology, Class of 2021
Terehna Soriano

 Student Intern

Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Class of 2022
Jerry Tovar

 Diversity Peer Educator

Psychology, Environmental Science, Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Public Policy, Class of 2023

Araceli Curiel

 Diversity Peer Educator

Sociology Major, Public Health Minor, Class of 2023
Rachel Bennett

 Diversity Peer Educator Program Graduate Assistant

Rachel Bennett is a current graduate student in Cal Lutheran’s counseling program. After working to support students academically, she found her passion in supporting students holistically. She looks forward to the opportunity to continue to learn how to best support all students in this role!

CCEI Focus Area 
Diversity Peer Educator Program 

Passion Areas 
Women in STEM, bridging the education/achievement gap, understanding historical inequities in education


B.S., Biology, University of California, San Diego
M.S., Counseling and College Student Personnel, Class of 2023
Isabelle Ortiz (they/she)

 Coordinator for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion

Isabelle Ortiz (everyone calls me Izzy) was born and raised in New York City and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The State University of New York at Geneseo. She then went to Buffalo, New York to get her master’s in Student Affairs Administration at The University at Buffalo (UB). Within her undergraduate and graduate career, Izzy's passion to work with and for marginalized students started to grow as she took leadership positions at her alma maters.

CCEI Focus Area
Womxn, Gender, Sexuality, and Interfaith, which includes direct support of the following: People Respecting Individuality, Diversity, and Equality (PRIDE), Muslim Student Alliance, and Hillel.

Passion Areas

LGBTQ+ issues, Black History, Afro-Latinx/Caribbean history, and any/all theoretical frame works that talk about social identity. I also love learning new things from my students as they all bring a level of knowledge with them.

B.A., Psychology, The State University of New York at Geneseo 
Ed.M., Student Affairs Administration, The University at Buffalo
Jonathan D. Gonzales (he/him/his)

 Senior Coordinator for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion

JoGo is a double alum of Cal Lutheran and it was his experience as a Peer Advisor that sparked his passion for a career in Student Affairs. He is a big fan of all things drag! From RuPaul’s Drag Race to streaming live shows from local queens/kings. JoGo loves helping students find a sense of belonging on campus through programs and conversations. His favorite food is pizza and he frequents the best spots that Ventura County has to offer!

CCEI Focus Area
Cultural Engagement which includes direct support for the following: Armenian Students' Association, Kupa'a Hawaii Club, Latin American Student Organization (LASO), and Together We Dream. Provides support in collaboration with the Center for Global Engagement: Chinese Culture Club, Saudi Club, United Students of the World, and Club India. 

Passion Areas 
Anti-racism and LGBTQ+ history and activism. 

B.A., Communication, California Lutheran University 
M.S., Counseling and Guidance with an emphasis in College Student Personnel, California Lutheran University

Nicole D. Gonzales (she/her/hers)

 Assistant Director of Student Life

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Nicole is a proud first-generation college graduate. She completed her undergraduate coursework at California State University, Long Beach and it was there that she discovered the field of student affairs through her time as a Peer Mentor and Orientation Leader. After graduation she worked in the entertainment industry, but ultimately decided to go back to school for her master's so she could pursue her passion for helping college students. 

CCEI Focus Area 
General overall supervision of the Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion. Provides direct support for the following: Black Student Union (BSU) & Sisters' Circle. 

Passion Areas 
First-generation college students, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ student issues, womxn of color, living-learning communities, and access and equity in higher education. 

B.A., English - Creative Writing, California State University, Long Beach 
M.S., Counseling and Guidance - College Student Personnel, California Lutheran University