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Welcome to the Counseling & Personal Growth Department

We are ready to assist you with all your academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling needs.  To reach our department staff for department related questions, please call 619.894.6118 or email CityCounseling@sdccd.edu

ATTENTION NEW STUDENTS:

Before you meet with a Counselor, complete our New Student Education Planning workshop on Canvas.  Visit our Counseling Workshops webpage to access the workshop.

Counselors are available for the following remote services:

  • Ask the e-Counselor:  submit an email if you have a general counseling related question, that does not require review of your personal academic record.  
  • Drop-in Session:   Drop-ins sessions are available for new and continuing students who have a quick question that can be answered in 15 - 20 minutes.  Completing education plans is not available during these sessions.
  • Schedule a virtual e-Appointment:  submit a request to meet with a counselor for a longer period of time to thoroughly review the answers to your questions.

*All students who utilize our Online Counseling services must carefully read and agree to our Informed Consent statement, which includes information on our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Protection, BEFORE utilizing our services.   

Please click here to read the Informed Consent statement 

Visit our Online Counseling website to submit your email and request a drop-in or live e-Appointment.

 

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Get the most out of your appointment!

Have a list of questions ready to make sure we cover all the information you need during your session.

To help you generate questions for your appointment and start thinking ahead about your career, we encourage you to review the academic and career resources available to you:

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we transition to remote services. 

Counseling Faculty & Staff: 

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Department Supervisor
Josolyn Hill, Ed.D.


Faculty:

Jennifer Aase, M.S.

Personal Growth     

Ahmed (Rasheed) Aden, M.S.

HUBU, Personal Growth

Other languages spoken:  Somali

Abdul Malik Buul, Ed.D.

Transfer & Career Coordinator

Other languages spoken:  Somali

Elsa Cristina Carrillo, M.A.

Guided Pathways Co-Coordinator

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers/ella

Erin Charlens, Ed.D.

UMOJA, Personal Growth

Edwin Hiel, M.S., M.A.

Other languages spoken: Spanish

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Nora Hinsley, M.S.

International Students                                                               

Other languages spoken:  Khmer

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Andre Jones, M.A.

City Scholars, Personal Growth

Bernice Lorenzo, Ed.D.

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

 Jose Luis Perez, Ed.D.

Puente, Personal Growth

Sandy Sada, M.A.

Personal Growth 

Other languages spoken:  Arabic, Aramaic (Chaldean) 

Andre Sanz, M.A.

Personal Growth, Title V

Carlos Sanz Memorial Scholarship 

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Steve Schommer, M.S., LMFT

Personal Growth

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Perla Vizcarra, M.A.

AFT Guild

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Ray Wong, M.S., MFA

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Rudy Zamora, M.A.

Honors, Military/Veterans

Adjunct Faculty:

Grace Aumoeualogo, M.S.

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Shelley Barajas-Leyva, M.A.

Other languages spoken: Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/her

Jose Enriquez, M.S. 

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  he/him/his   

 Salvador Flor, M.S.

 

Angela Hernandez, M.S.

Charles (Khahalifa) King, M.A.

Personal Growth

Octavio Leal, M.A.

 Personal Growth

Nadia Lopez-Moreno, M.Ed.

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers/ella 

 Daniel Mendoza, M.A.

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Caryn L Pass, M.A. 

Personal Growth

Josilyn Perez, M.S, LMFT

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Raquel Peshkepia Veluz, M.S.

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Noel Puga, M.S.

Dreamer Resource Center

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Diana Ramirez, M.S.

Promise Program

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Melody Valencia, M.A. 

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

 Katherine Vilchez, M.S.

Other languages spoken:  Spanish

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Saman Yaghmaee, Ed.D.

Other languages spoken:  Farsi 

 Derrick Young, M.A.

Classified Professionals:

 John Gradilla, M.S.

General Counseling

Pronouns:  he/him/his/él/tú/usted

 Nisreen Rofaeel, B.A.

General Counseling

Other languages spoken:  Arabic, Aramaic (Chaldean)

 

Abdul Sharif, B.A.

General Counseling

Other languages spoken:  Arabic, Somali

 

Department Student Learning Outcomes:

  • We will empower students to maximize their priority enrollment. Students will gain knowledge of the benefits of being fully matriculated.
  • We will empower students with knowledge of campus resources.
  • We will empower students by clarifying their career goal.
  • We will provide a user friendly system and process to serve student needs.