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MoC Peer Mentors 2020-21​


MEN OF COLOR MENTORING

With a primary focus on brotherhood and mentorship, the Men of Color Mentoring component provides a community that understands and helps overcome the obstacles that prevent academic success. Our mission is to create an empowering experience in college that supports our students' confidence, consciousness, and community.

All students are eligible to join the Mentoring Component who have an interest in being a successful student at Norco College and who are willing to commit to their education.

 

What is Peer Mentoring?

At the core of our program is the Peer Mentoring component. Every mentee will have an assigned Peer Mentor who will meet with them on a monthly basis. All mentors have completed at least 1 year in Norco College, are trained to support the social and emotional well-being of mentees, and offer knowledge and experience about how to excel academically and prepare for the next steps beyond Norco College.

Peer Mentors are closely relatable to newer students and can share their personal stories and strategies with overcoming obstacles that often challenge Men of Color.

Our Mentors vary in their own career goals and academic majors including Counseling, Nursing, Biochemistry, Criminal Justice, Business, Psychology, Sociology and more.


Meet our 2020-21 MoC Peer Mentors​


Nathan Llamas

Program of Study- Biology (PreMed)
Photo of Peer Mentor Nathan Llamas

Why did I choose Biology (PreMed)?
I have always been fascinated with medicine and dreamt of becoming a doctor one day. This dream has led me to choose Biology as my major, as I feel as it will provide me with a holistic skillset for preparation for the MCAT and Medical School.

Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?
I understand the difficulties of being a man of color pursing a STEM related field, whether​ it be the road to transfer, programs to involve yourself in, or questions ​regarding STEM classes. I hope to share my experiences with my peers, so their experiences are much smoother, leading to shared success in the future of STEM!

 “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” 

        —Albert Schweitzer​​​​



K. Jacob Evangelista

Program of Study- Kinesiology

Why did I choose Kinesiology?
I have seem many people in the kinesiology field help my family-Seeing my loved on​es acting as if they never got hurt first hand really inspired me to study kine​​siology.  I know how much of an affect I can have on families and how much I can help them.

Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?
I understand the difficulties of being a Man of Color in today's society.  After attending many Men of Color meetings and social gatherings during my first year- they helped me emotionally and socially.  I really became inspired to become a mentor.  My goal as a mentor is to give valuable information that I did not know before that would have helped me. Most importantly- be a good friend and always be there for my mentees whenever they need it.

 “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do"
           ​-Kobe Bryant



Jomel Del Rosario

Program of Study- Kinesiology (NBA Athletic Trainer)

Why did I choose Kinesiology?
The reason why I decided to study kinesiology is because since I was a kid I've been interested in two things: working for NBA and helping people. So, I found a career that allows me to train athletes get to their best shape by pushing them to the limits that they never imagine they can do.

​Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?

I really want to help people to know all about the MoC program and the school itself.  I want to guide others through the process of being in college and helping with everything they need to be successful in college- especially resources that help along the way.  My goal is to get to know my mentees and for them to know me, so that we all can grow as one.


“You can't be afraid to fail. It's the only way you succeed. You're not gonna succeed all the time and I know that."

​                                                                     – LeBron James


Craig Nathaniel Peterson Jr. 

 Program of Study- Electrical Engineering & Political Science


Why did I choose Electrical Engineering & Political Science  

The reason behind me pursuing Electrical engineering was due to my dad's influence being an electrician and earning an honest living to support his family. As for political science I believed it occurred to me last year where I became interested in activism, economics and basically arguing for why you believe your ideology will help shape the future of our society.

Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?                                 I want the opportunity to provide personal insight on challenges the fellow MOC mentees may face this year. But also learn from them because it is valuable to obtain another individuals perspective of what obstacles themselves, they had to face up to this point.


“You can't lead the people if you don't love the people. You can't            save the people if you don't serve the people."
​                                  ― Dr. Cornel West 


Gerardo "G" Devora 

Program of Study- Computer Science & Engineering, and Business 

Why did I choose Computer Science &Engineering, and Business?
I chose these majors to gain the knowledge I need to
create the first true A.I. assistance operating system. I've always been a person who has been fascinated by robots and machines.  I wish to implant my system in every technological system present and future.

Why did I decide to become a peer mentor? :
I didn't have a mentor during my difficult times. My family was there, but they couldn't understand the situation I was put in because of school.  Being a Peer Mentor is having the chance to impact someone's life. In which I must say, it's a priceless feeling.

“If I’m doing something I do like to take it to the limit. I’ve got a high ceiling. A wide threshold for seeing what those boundaries are for myself. I’m very resilient inside. I find things that I like and do and boy, I do like to stick to them"
                                                                                    -​Matthew McConaughey


Martin Vilches​

Program of Study- Sociology    

Why did I choose Sociology?
I was always interested in social behavior and social issues but never knew where to start. I became a soc major to see where it would lead me and began growing an interest in teaching and counseling.

Why did I decided to become a Peer Mentor?
When I first started college I was so unsure of what to do and wasn't in a straight path until a man by the name of Justin Mendez showed me the perks of having a peer mentor and how it would lead to success. As soon as I complete my first year I knew I wanted to help those who were in the same situation as I when I first started college. Being a Peer Mentor for the Men of Color program is something I'll never regret.

“People can try to reinvent themselves. I don't think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you've done up to now"
-Eminem​



Gael Montoya

Program of study- Business Administration

Why did I choose Business Administration?​​​
I have always been around business aspects in my life. When I was 5 years old I would sell things at swap meets and I loved it because I was able to barter with people for us both to get to a good deal. Along with that I would love to learn more of the legal aspect of how things would run at a bigger spectrum.

Why did I decided to become a Peer Mentor?
Being a peer mentor made sense- it is like second nature to really assist people to know more. Going to college can be a scary obstacle to overcome within itself and to be able to aid others with knowledge and resources to me is one of the best parts of being a peer mentor. My goal is to make my mentees feel like family and to not feel alone in this new experience in and out of this program.


“Remember the mind is your best muscle... big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains... ride the brain train for success"
-Sylvester Stallone