Meet the Office of Equity Programs Team!
At the office of Equity Programs, we belive that teamwork makes the dream work. We enjoy working to help all students at Hartnell College and welcome all of you into our vitual office space!
Hi! I am Adriana, a first generation college student, born and raised in the Salinas Valley (South County). My mother and father are migrant farmworkers who did not have any formal schooling beyond a second grade education in Mexico. Despite their limited educational opportunities and even though they could not help us academically, we understood that education was valued and a priority in their humble home.
Because of the support from my family, I am a proud Hartnell College Alumni who later transferred to UC Davis where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. After graduation, I worked teaching in the K-12 and later had my first opportunity as a Career Counselor with Monterey County. While working at the county, I knew I was passionate about counseling and returned to college for my Masters in Counselor Education at San Jose State. While working on my Masters, I was a non-traditional student; managing full-time work, a family and a long commute. This experience reminded me that students come from different backgrounds and walks of life, and our journey’s may not always look the same or be easy! I am very excited to be a part of Hartnell College and look forward to meeting you soon (virtually for now)! Please know that you are not alone during this time! I would like to encourage you to reach out to me if you simply want to talk! We are here to support you in any way possible!
When not working, I enjoy time being outdoors and spending time with my family!“Look for something positive each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.” (B. Ford)
Hi and welcome to my bio!
I have been a part of the Salinas community since my mother and I immigrated to the United States in the year 2000 from Mexico City. I am a proud product of the beautiful East Salinas. My academic journey has not been easy but I have always grown up with the idea that education is the key to success. (My success at least.) Having graduated from Alisal High School and attending Cal State Fullerton right out of high school, I discovered that the education system was not set up for a student like me with so many inequities. Nonetheless, I decided to come home and attend Hartnell. (Back in the day, Hartnell was not an option for many)
Hartnell has been my home for many years and it has taken me a really long time to find my path but through it all Hartnell gave me many opportunities and skills to make my own path. My passion for Hartnell and helping others like myself is such that I became an Office of Equity Programs team member in 2016. Since then I have held many roles such as Student Worker, Substitute Program Assistant, Communications Specialist for the Catalyst Project, and now I serve as the permanent Program Assistant.
Aside from my work at Hartnell, I also am a senior at San Jose State University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. (Sadly, I’ll have a COVID graduation) I am very excited to finish my schooling after a very, very long time (and many major changes.) When I am not virtually in school and work, I enjoy the beach and the many hiking trails in the area. I love to watch movies and listen to music. I also enjoy spending time with my loved ones, practicing self-care, and mindfulness.
I look forward to continuing serving my community and being a resource to all at Hartnell.
Stay Safe and Healthy!
Hello! It is an honor to serve you as the Director of Equity Programs for Hartnell College. It is my job to provide leadership to ensure that our outstanding team has the support and funding necessary in order to create programs designed to help our amazing and talented Hartnell students achieve their educational goals.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in an urban environment raised by a single construction worker mom. After all five of my older sisters dropped out of high school for different reasons, I was determined to make a difference in our education system. I worked multiple jobs to support myself while in college and began my educator career working as a tutor in afterschool programs, eventually becoming the Head Resource Teacher at the American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland, CA. Since moving to the Salinas Valley in 2005, I also served as the MESA Schools Program Director at UC Santa Cruz prior to joining Hartnell College in 2012. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from CSU East Bay.
When I’m not working, I love to cook for my family and enjoy the beautiful beaches and trails of the central coast. I currently live in Salinas with my husband and two daughters who support me and inspire me every day to be my best self.
I have been with the Hartnell family for the past year; thank you for everyone welcoming me into this community!
Previously, I was working at NASA Ames Research Center as the Internship Program Coordinator. My work experience includes working in student programs, career, and academic advising for various 4-year universities on the west and east coast. As a former first-generation college student, I am passionate about helping underrepresented students achieve their goals and persist through college. I come from an immigrant family and was raised in San Diego, CA. I received my bachelor's degree in Sociology from UCLA (GO BRUINS!) and my master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. In my spare time (when I'm not shelter-in-place) I like going to the beach, traveling, and trying new cuisines – I’m on the hunt for the BEST ice cream so any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
I've been lucky enough to meet some amazing and inspirational people in my life. I met the first Hispanic woman to go to space, Dr. Ellen Ochoa.
Welcome! I am happy to say I have been a part of the Hartnell family for years! I was a Freshman at Hartnell College in 2005 and was also a student worker in the Admissions and Records office. After graduating from Hartnell, I transferred to UC Santa Barbara. After completing a year there I decided to move closer to my friends and family and transferred to CSUMB. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, Health and Wellness. I have years of experience working in education. I spent years mentoring students at San Vicente Elementary School in Soledad. I have also worked at various schools as an Instructional Aide. My most recent position was with the Insurance Group MCSIG where I was an assistant in the wellness department. I am excited and enthusiastic about being back! During my free time, I enjoy hiking and exploring nature with my two daughters.
My name is Miriam Vazquez-Gonzalez, and I have been at Hartnell College for three
years. I am the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents who immigrated to the United
States in 1985 with the “Sueno Americano” of providing their family with a mejor futuro.
I am a Salinas native and a graduate of Everett Alvarez High School. I obtained my
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, from California State University, Monterey Bay in
2007. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family, watching the Golden
State Warriors play and I also like to spend time crafting with my children.
I am proud to work with students and want to make sure you know I am here para apoyarte
a ti. I admire your resilience and the motivation you have to jump over all the hoops
and challenges that come across your way. I look forward to meeting you (virtually
Con Admiración y Respeto
I was born in Salinas, CA and grew up in Gonzales, CA with my very supportive Mexican immigrant parents and two sisters. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from CSUMB and a M.Ed. and PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. I have worked with diverse student populations in various K-16 educational settings. I enjoy working with and supporting students on their individual educational path through support services or teaching.
My approach to and passion for working with students is driven by my own experiences of being a first- generation Chicana, and my family and community experiences. I teach Ethnic Studies and Sociology courses at Hartnell and I am also part of the Office of Equity Student Programs Team where I provide support services to students.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with loved ones and friends.
Hi! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me. I am new to the Office of Equity Programs, but no stranger to Hartnell. I attended Hartnell and received my AA in 2006 and today I am honored and excited to serve the Hartnell community as the Umoja Coordinator! I am enthusiastic about supporting our students by enhancing their educational and cultural experience with a foundation in the African and African American Diaspora.
I am a Cali girl at heart. Raised on the Monterey Peninsula, I am a proud Seaside High Spartan! Having grown up in California, I longed for a new experience and opportunity to emerge myself in a community of people who look like me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach and beauty (weather) that California has to offer, but I longed for something more. I was offered the opportunity to attend Spelman College (HBCU) in Atlanta, Georgia where I earned a B.A. in Psychology, as well as an enriched and enlightening experience that contributes to the African American woman I am today. During my time in Atlanta, I also went on to earn my M.B.A. in Business Administration.
Serving students, families, and the community is my passion. Teaching children from preschool through fifth grade, higher education, and serving community organizations, such as Young Life, has continued to build my foundation and passion to see students and the communities in which they live thrive.
In my free time I enjoy playing and watching my daughter grow. There is never a dull moment with a toddler! I also enjoy painting, spending time with family, and pursuing event ideas.