Lead Scholars

Lead Scholars 


Lead Scholars do the following:

  • Connect students to resources on and off-campus, hold one on one meetings through office hours for Second-Year, Third-Year and Fourth-Year students.
  • Plan and facilitate workshops on topics that meet the specific needs of First-Generation college students.
  • Collaborate with other campus departments to develop quality programming that promotes resiliency, life skills, and interpersonal development.
  • Through formal and informal experiences, Lead Scholars assist in building an on-campus community that recognizes and embraces the identities, values, and beliefs of all students.



2019-2020 Lead Scholars:



Hi! My name is Stephanie Soto Rodriguez and I am a third-year Psychology major planning to double major in Sociology. I am originally from San Diego, CA. As a first-generation college student and the middle child in my family, I seek to break stigmas and become a role model for those in my shoes. This past summer I was a part of SURI (Summer Undergraduate Research Institute) where I conducted research about incarceration having effects on the family dynamic. In the future, I would like to pursue a Ph.D. A little fun fact about me is that I love to try new things and learn new jokes. Feel free to ask me any questions. I can't wait to meet all of you and get to know you better!


Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM  & Fridays 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM.




Hi everyone! I'm Daisy Galaviz and I am from the big sunny city of Los Angeles, CA. I'm currently a third-year Biology major pursuing a career in the medical field as a Forensic Pathologist. As a first-generation college student, I've come across stepping outside of my comfort zone, taking risks, and breaking barriers. A fun fact is I love watching horror movies while drinking boba. I am here to help facilitate your transition into college. Please feel free to contact me.


Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM & Fridays 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.



David Baez 

Hey guys! My name is David Baez and I am currently a third-year Environmental Engineering major. My hometown in Norwalk, CA and I plan on pursuing a career in architecture in the future with a focus on sustainable design. During my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, going to concerts, and trying new food. Feel free to reach out to me if you need any personal or academic guidance, I am here for you!


Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM & Thursday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.



Hello, my name is Lyzzette Melgoza I am a third-year here at UC Merced. I'm a Cognitive Science major and currently double minoring Psychology and Spanish. What I plan to do with this major is to help the elderly community because I feel like they are equally as important as the youth. Most elders face early signs of dementia and I want to be able to help slow down the process at which their memory skills decline. Finding my major wasn’t easy and I did enroll as an undeclared student, but sure enough, I found what I’m passionate about. I look forward to assisting you in any way possible. Please don't hesitate to reach out.


Office Hours: Monday 1:45 PM  - 3:15 PM & Thursday 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM.




Hello, I am Jose. I am a third-year, Political Science major. I am from Fontana CA, which is located in Southern California. For fun, I enjoy watching a ton of films and TV shows. In addition, I really enjoy playing video games. I also enjoy having discussions about anything that has to deal with politics.


Office Hours: Mondays 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM &  Wednesdays 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM.