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.

Lead Scholar Office Hours will be held in Tenaya 160 (Fiat Lux Office) 

Lead Scholar Team


Stephanie Soto Rodriguez 

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 1:00 PM  - 2:30 PM & Mondays 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Tenaya 160 (Fiat Lux Office)

Schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/ssoto25/lead-scholar-meeting 



Daisy Galaviz 

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.

Location: Tenaya 160 (Fiat Lux Office)

Schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/dgalaviz-1/30min 


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 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM & Thursday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

Location: Tenaya 160 (Fiat Lux Office)

Schedule an appointment: calendly.com/dbaez-1


Lyzzette Melgoza 

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.

Location: Tenaya 160 (Fiat Lux Office)

Schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/lmelgoza/lead-scholar-meeting 


Jose Ramirez Reyes

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 HoursMondays 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM &  Wednesdays 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM. 

Location: Tenaya 160 (Fiat Lux Office)

Schedule an appointment:  calendly.com/jramirezreyes