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Associate Director

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Dr. Andrea Arias

Dr. Andrea Arias is the Associate Director for the Honors College. Dr. Arias previously served as the Assistant Director for the Early Entrance Program. Prior to joining the Cal State LA community she was an instructor for the College of Business and Economics and worked in various roles in K-12 public schools in urban settings for over 20 years. Her graduate school programs included a focus on Educational Administration and Organizational Leadership and she earned several professional credentials, including Multiple Subject Teaching, Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership, and Adult Education.. She participated in the Puente Program as a first-year Mentor and is currently pursuing credentials as a Career Support Services Provider. Her professional focus includes guiding students with their socioemotional development and building self-efficacy. She also seeks out funding opportunities to guide students towards resources to support positive mental health development and the navigation of non-traditional learning models. 

Faculty Capstone Coordinator

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Dr. Scott Wells

Dr. Wells joins the Honors College once again after previously serving as the Associate Director from 2017-2019. He will bring his expertise to the thesis process by assisting students through procedures and leading workshops on thesis preparation.   

Program Coordinator, Early Entrance Program

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Teonna Anderson

Teonna is the Program Coordinator for the Early Entrance Program. She supervises the EEP spaces and supports students, faculty, and staff while maintaining the day-to-day operations of the EEP office. Teonna joined Cal State LA in February 2020. She believes that student engagement leads to academic success and is dedicated to supporting students through their journey to graduation. 

Academic Advisor & Admissions Coordinator

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Marylu Castillo

Ms. Castillo earned her BA in Psychology and her MS in Counseling, with an option in School Leadership and Counseling, from Cal State LA. Prior to becoming an academic advisor, she worked as a research assistant for the Psychology Department and as a student assistant at the University Academic Advisement Center. Her expertise in advisement encompasses general education requirements, university requirements, and university policies and procedures. She currently serves on the Professional Advisor Committee (PAC) to promote student success on campus. In addition, she sponsors several student organizations on the Cal State LA campus.

Student Assistants

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Teresa Rosas

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Lizette Roman

National and International Scholarship and Fellowship Coordinator

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Sonia Cruz Magana

Honors College welcomes Sonia Cruz Magana as the new NISFeP Coordinator!