Orientation Leaders

Summer 2019 Orientation Leaders group shot
Orientation Leaders (OLs) are amazing student leaders who help make your orientation experience what it is! The OLs are excited to welcome you to Cal State LA, and are dedicated to making your orientation one of the best days possible. The morning of your orientation day, you will be introduced to the entire Orientation Leader team, as well as get a chance to meet your personal OL who will be working with you and your small group throughout the day. OLs are students here, just like you, so be sure to ask them all your questions!

Interested in joining the OL team?

The Orientation Leader position at Cal State LA is a paid student assistant position. We invite students from all years (freshman, second year, etc.), all majors, undergrad and graduate, and all identities and backgrounds to learn more about and apply to join the OL team!
Current Cal State LA students interested in joining the OL team must turn in an application during the fall semester, attend training during the spring semester (if selected), and be available to participate in ALL of the Orientation sessions during the summer.
Instructions to Apply:
  1. Log onto Handshake and create a profile.
  2. Find the Orientation Leader job listing.
  3. Click "apply externally."
  4. Upload the Career Development Center application ONLY.
  5. Click "apply externally"again so it will be sent to our department (New Student and Family Engagement)
  6. Then, submit your supplemental application and letter of recommendation to the New Student and Family Engagement electronically by emailing [email protected].
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Andrew Blanco
Orientation Leader Captain

Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Blanco and I am proud to announce that I am a graduating fifth-year Communication Studies major and Chicanx/Latinx Studies minor! I am also the current president of Lambda Pi Eta (the Communication Studies Honor Society), so please feel free to talk to me or engage in debate whenever you see me on Zoom. I love a good conversation!


I am a huge advocate for striving to be authentic instead of perfect. So be yourself; you have time to live, love, and to enjoy what means the most to you. So please live and make mistakes along the way. That is the only way you can learn. Make as many mistakes as you can. You can trust me when I say that, because I make the most mistakes out of anyone that I know, and I still earned the captain position here, so something is working! Haha! Welcome to Cal State LA!

Jessica Merino-Ibanez
Orientation Leader Captain

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Merino-Ibanez and I’m a fourth year majoring in Psychology.


A very important lesson that I have learned while being a Cal State LA student is to not be afraid to be yourself. The reason I’m saying this is because it is important to believe in yourself, especially during stressful times, since it will motivate you to keep on going and to not give up.

Omar Gomez
Orientation Leader Captain
Aaron Cruz
Spirit Squad Leader

Hello everyone! My name is Aaron Cruz, and I am a fourth-year Biology major with an emphasis in microbiology.


I am excited to welcome you as the Spirit Squad Leader. Orientation is an exciting opportunity we get to enjoy with one another. Together we will share our experiences, give information, trade advice, and learn about our campus. As Spirit Squad Leader, it is important to me that you come out of Orientation feeling excited and enthusiastic about starting your journey at Cal State LA.

Saloni Kikan
Genius Squad Leader

We welcome you to our Golden Eagle family. The Orientation Leaders are students just like you and are here for you to help elevate your Orientation experience. When you first come into Cal State LA, you will be introduced to our entire Orientation Leader team as well as your personal OLs who will help you throughout the day with all novel college things. We are here for your assistance, whether it is wanting to know the best food spots on campus for when we return to in-person learning, or to learn how to register for your classes. We can’t wait for you to embark on this journey with us and become a part of our Golden Eagle family. Have a golden day!

Cassandra Leon
Developer Squad Leader

Hello everyone. My name is Cassandra Leon. You can also call me Cassie. I am a fourth-year student studying Sociology with a minor in Child Development. I am the Developer Squad Leader and that means that I work to foster a community among our Orientation Leader team. Having been a part of the Orientation team for three years, I am grateful for all that I have experienced and all the amazing people I have come across. Some advice I would give to you is to get involved, meet new people, leave your mark here on campus, but most importantly enjoy your time here as a GOLDEN EAGLE! Like most students, I have no idea where I am going or what the future holds and that's Fine. Enjoy your time along the way and push beyond your boundaries.

Melissa Perales
Launch Squad Leader

Hi Everyone! My name is Melissa Perales and I am second-year Psychology major and Theater Studies minor. One fun fact about me is that I love meeting new people! If you ever see me around campus, please say hello! I would love to talk to you.