Meet Your College Advising Team!


Lead Academic Preceptor


Adrian Campos Arenas

Pronouns: He/Him/His

About Me: As a son of two immigrant parents, I did not know much about college other than it was something that I should want to pursue. Looking back at my time as a UCSC undergrad, I feel as if I missed something during my time here. This is why I believe it is important to support students in navigating higher ed institutions and having meaningful educational experiences instead of just earning a diploma. I look forward to being an advocate and partner in your educational journey. Outside of work hours, you can find me being involved with community theater, discovering new music and spending time with friends/family/loved ones.

Academic Advisor






Chelsea Hamnes

Pronouns: She/Her & They/Them

About Me: A proud Alumna banana slug from the South Bay, I was a transfer student from West Valley College to UC Santa Cruz and graduated with my BA in Psychology and an Education minor in 2016 with honors. I first found my love for advising as a Peer Advisor for the Pyschology & Cognitive Science department here at UCSC, which led me to my Leadership and Social change program at De Anza College and SFSU for their Masters in Counseling program for College and Career Counseling.

I like to take a holistic and person-centered advising approach when engaging with students to support you all in achieving your acdemic, career, and personal goals as well as hopefully empowering you all to be the author of your story and an agent of change in the world.

When I'm not helping students, I enjoy spending my idle time watching anime and other shows under the comfort of a weighted blanket and a cuddly cat, playing games like Pokémon or Dungeons and Dragons with my friends, cheering on my favorite Grand Sumo rikishi during honbasho and the San Jose Sharks during Hockey season, or going out to enjoy some sips and bites.

Academic Advisor


Gloria Salazar

Pronouns: She/Ella

About Me: I am a fellow Banana Slug and John R. Lewis College alumna who loves all things nature, animals and food. Stop by for answers to your advising questions or to chat about pets, plants, or yummy recipes!

Academic Advisor

Monica Baker

Pronouns: She/Her

About Me: I am an Academic Advisor of John R. Lewis College and College Nine with a passion and dedication to supporting students on their education career journey. I graduated Cum Laude from San Jose State University with my B.A. in Behavioral Science. I received my MA in Education Counseling from San Jose State. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and spending time at the beach. I also enjoy spending time with friends, cooking, dining out, and traveling!

Academic Advisor


Tansel Pope


About Me: I’m originally from Vallejo, CA. In my free time, you can find me watching sports, especially the Giants, Raiders, and Warriors. When my teams aren’t playing, I love diving into my other interests, such as linguistics and Pokémon.

EOP Academic Counselor / C9 & JRLC Liaison


Maurice Nicholson

Pronouns: He/Him/His

About Me: My name is Maurice Nicholson and I am currently serving as the EOP Academic Counselor for the Peer Advising Leaders (PALS). I love sports, comics and art as well as cooking in my spare time. I believe that learning is a never ending journey and that we should never stop educating ourselves and growing. I am proud to be serving the students here at the University of California, Santa Cruz and hope to make an impact in the lives of our students and the campus at large.