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! 

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gricel Briseño's pictureHola! I’m Gricel Briseño, my pronouns are: she, her, ella. I am a first-generation Mexican American college graduate, native from Imperial Valley County, and a delighted Monterey County community member for 10+ years and counting.

My educational journey began late into adulthood, but nonetheless, it did not stop me from completing the goals I had in mind for myself. I graduated from Hartnell College in 2015 with an Associate in Arts for Transfer in Sociology (AAT-SOC) and successfully transferred and completed CSUMB’s Social and Behavioral Sciences; Sociology BA program in 2017. I must admit that the path was challenging but ultimately very rewarding! #sisepuede

After completing my education, I worked at Kinship Center, a non-profit adoption/foster agency as a
Relief Counselor, Customer Service Representative, and lastly a Senior Administrative Assistant. In these roles I had the opportunity to serve a variety of executives and departments to fulfill mission-driven work towards building loving families for children in the Central Coast.

Lastly, being a sociology undergrad; and currently in a human behavior master’s program, I’ve developed a cultured sense on how systems impact individual behavior and identities. With this understanding, I’m able to practice mindfulness towards anyone’s stance, analysis, or agenda aside from my own design. With this passion and experience, I am happy to come back to Hartnell College as a Program Assistant for the Salinas Valley Promise (Office of Equity Programs) to assist others with their educational goals.

Fun Facts: #1 Seinfeld fan, I love sandwiches and soups, and I collect cookbooks (old and new).

 

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. 

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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)

Picture of Carmen CoronaMy objective in the role of Director of Student Affairs, Equity Programs is to partner with all campus constituents to create an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive learning environment for all students and to continue my career-long dedication to bridging the equity and achievement gap and to serving all students. Prior to my appointment at Hartnell Community College I served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Brandman University, Director of Cal Student Central at UC Berkeley, and most recently,
Executive Director of Admissions, Outreach, and the Enrollment Information Center at Cal State East Bay.

I am vested in advancing the efficacy of Hartnell’s equity programming and in ensuring the Equity Programs Department continues to promote and promulgate a culture of respect, innovation, empowerment, and inclusion.

I am also committed to ensuring our policies and practices are rooted in integrity and accountability and that the fiber and foundation of our work consists of treating everyone with dignity and respect, to being effective and proactive in our communication, and to providing world-class service to our students and campus partners.

Hola, Hola! 

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. 

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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 I. 


Aside from my work at Hartnell, I also recently obtained my Bachelor's of Science in Public Relations! I help my community's nonprofits with their PR and marketing needs on my time offf and that makes me super happy.  When I am not working, 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. 


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Hello and welcome to Hartnell College! It is an honor to serve you and to provide you with the support, guidance and empathy, to help you plan for your educational, personal/social, and career goals. 

I am a first-generation Mexican-American raised by migrant farm working parents. I received my B.A. in Global Economics from UC Santa Cruz and my Master’s degree in Counseling Education from San Jose State University. Additionally, I hold a Certification in Thanatology in Death, Dying and Bereavement from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. 

I am a strong advocate of wellness through walking and a fun fact about me is that this summer I walked the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. I walked over 500 miles and this journey taught me that despite the pain we may experience in life we are capable of overcoming any obstacle. As you begin your Camino at Hartnell I want you to know I believe in your inner ability to cope and rebuild from any adversity.  I am here to help you tap into your inner resilience as you move forward towards hope. 

And as we greet each other when walking the Camino, I want to greet you with …….

¡Buen Camino!


My name is Miriam Vazquez-Gonzalez, and I have been at Hartnell College for five 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.  

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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 for now).  


Con Admiración y Respeto 


Miriam