Meet your allies

Marcella Gomez

Marcella Gomez

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Marcella Gomez is an associate professor at UC Santa Cruz in the department of Applied Mathematics and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Baskin Engineering. She received her PhD from Caltech in 2015 and a B.S. from UC Berkeley in 2009; both degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Her research interests are in the broad field of bio-control. She is also a proud Chicana, first-generation Mexican-American from Riverside, CA.

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Portrait of Wade Manora Jr.

Wade Manora Jr. (he, him)

Director of Access, Belonging, and Equity

As the Director of Access, Belonging, and Equity, Dr. Wade Manora Jr. will lead inclusive excellence programs and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff at Baskin Engineering. He prides himself on amplifying student voices. Wade earned a Ed.D. in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development (2022) from the University of Georgia, and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration (2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (2014) from Auburn University. 

His goal is to foster an inclusive and welcoming community.

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Jay Noh

Jay Noh (she, her)

Program Coordinator

As a Program Coordinator, Jay oversees BE affiliated student organizations, BE awards & scholarships, the Baskin Engineering Student Ambassadors (BESA), and general BE programs & projects. She strives to cater to and provide opportunities to the diverse student body BE serves. 

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Richard Raygoza

Richard Raygoza (he, him)

Programs Assistant

Richard provides support for all Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs at BE, as well as other student excellence, engagement, and inclusion initiatives. He helps to implement and organize new and existing programs, and assists in the logistics, communications and administrative tasks. In these capacities, he supports: MESA Engineering Program, BE affiliated student organizations, BE events, BE undergraduate and DEI newsletters, undergraduate scholarships, and more.

He is a strong believer in radical equity, and a passionate supporter of all initiatives effective in providing historically excluded students access to the specialized knowledge that they’ll need to secure rewarding careers in STEM.

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Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Wood (she, her)

MESA Academic Counselor

Jennifer supports Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Engineering Program students in a variety of ways. MESA students come in with any number of strengths but they also come in with any number of weaknesses or holes in their learning process. Jennifer coordinates certain services such as a lending library, works very closely with the Learning Support office for tutoring, and works with students on their individual learning needs such as time management issues, or study skills help. Making the transition from high school or community college to university can be really rough and so she helps demystify that process for them, and helps them brainstorm techniques for ways they can succeed at UC Santa Cruz.

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Last modified: May 24, 2024