Welcoming Aracely Aceves Lozano: Undocumented Student Services (USS) Academic Counselor

May 16, 2020

We are excited to introduce Aracely Aceves Lozano as the campus’s new Undocumented Student Services (USS) Academic Counselor. We are very excited to have Aracely transition from her current role as an EOP Academic Counselor to the USS Academic Counselor as she brings specialized skills in working with undocumented students developed through her previous work, volunteer experience, and graduate research on the lived experiences of undocumented students in higher education.
 
Aracely graduated as an undocumented and first-generation college student from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly, SLO) with a B.S. in Psychology. Consequently, this experience has served as the foundation for her commitment to supportng the undocumented student community within higher education. She recently completed her M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs at Cal Poly, SLO. During her time in graduate school Aracely held internships that gave her hands-on experience in a variety of functional areas within higher education including International Student Affairs, Career Services, Academic Advising, and EOPS.
 
aracely-aceves-lozanoPrior to working in higher education, Aracely spent five years in the non-profit sector where she supported health and education programs through organizations like AmeriCorps and the Food Bank of SLO County. During that same time Aracely volunteered for an immigration law office and supported hundreds of cases including asylum, U-visa, DACA, and family based visas. This work untimately gave her a unique insight into the trends and issues impacting undocumented immigrants.
 
Aracely says she is continually inspired by the resiliency and strength of undocumented students and feels honored to support them on their unique academic jouneys as the Undocumented Student Services (USS) Academic Counselor. In this role, her goal is to cultivate cross-campus partnerships to create a welcoming and inclusive environment to ensure the graduation and retention of undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz.
 
We would like to thank and recognize the search committee members for their dedication and service. The students and staff on the search committee represented departments and organizations across the campus including the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, Beyond Dreams, Disability Resource Center, Student Diversity & Inclusion Programs, Educational Opportunity Programs, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Lionel Cantú Queer Center, Student Achivement and Equity Innovation and Undocumented Student Services.