Community Scholars

Community Scholars 

Community Scholars do the following:

  • Empower students to make a successful academic and social transition at UC Merced during their first year on campus.
  • Serve as a College Transition Coach for first-year scholars participating in the Fiat Lux Living Learning Community.
  • Through formal and informal experiences, community scholars assist in building an on-campus community that recognizes and embraces the identities, values, and beliefs of all students.
  • Promote resources and opportunities for active participation to enhance student development. 







Student Staff:

Steaven Gutierrez Guerrero 

Hello! My name is Steaven Gutierrez Guerrero and I come from a small town known as Los Baños, CA. I will begin my third-year here at UC Merced earning my degree in Psychology. I enjoy drawing and painting as well as planning fun road trips with my friends to different places. I look forward to meeting you all this year!



Justin Mapanao 

My name is Justin Mapanaoa and I am a second-year double majoring in Political Science and Business. I am from Trabuco Canyon, CA a city located in southern California. During my first year at UC Merced, I became involved in  ASUCM's Campus Activities Board, a student-run organization that hosts campus-wide events such as Coachella, CABsterical, and Winter Ball. Additionally, I am active in PAA, the Pilipino American Alliance. After college, some of my biggest aspirations are to go to graduate school and work within the business/legal side of the entertainment industry. In my personal time, I am a person of many diverse interests. Whether it's talking about sports, keeping up with the latest streetwear trends, listening to music, or watching anime, I am your guy. Lastly, I want to mention that I am always eager to connect with new people; don't hesitate to reach out to me!



Ayra Valerie Agluba

Hello! My name is Ayra Valerie Agluba, you can call me Ayra for short. I am a second-year student pursuing Psychology as a major at UC Merced. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Orosi, CA, a small town in the Central Valley. Some of my hobbies are reading books, watching movies, music (playing, listening), and also spontaneous adventures friends. I'm also a huge Marvel fan, as well as a binge-watcher of Netflix and Youtube! I love and enjoy helping people in any way I can. I'm a great listener and I'm here to assist and help you succeed as a first-generation student here at UC Merced.