Meet our 2014-2015 student advocates
Who are they?
Students advocates are trained student staff who are available in the Women's Resource Center to help PCC students. They are trained to assist students in locating resources both on campus and in the community, crisis intervention and referral, design programs, assess student needs, answer phones, and they represent college women on a variety of college committees and student council. They are also trained specifically in women's student development and related issues. Come on by and ask them for help!
Aurora Fulgencio - WRC- Lead Student Advocate
Hello! My name is Aurora; this is my second year at PCC. I hope to transfer to Portland State and obtain a Master's in Social Work. I have begun to take steps toward my career by interning for the the school of social work at PSU and working for the Women's Resource Center. Last year I was a part-time volunteer student advocate for the WRC and had a great time and hope this year is even better!I truly enjoy the work at the Women's Resource Center because it helps me grow as an individual while I help others grow with me at the same time.
Daniela Torres – WRC Student Advocate
Hello my name is Daniela Torres. This will be my 2nd year at PCC and I am also co-admitted with PSU where Being a mentor in OLI this past year has helped me develop more my leadership skills and mentality of keep striving for my goals. I am a religious child because of my grandparents and parents’ example which I am really proud of, I like being involved in church as well as in my community. I am the youngest of three children in my family and I am the only one here in this country with my parents. Being separated from the rest of my family has been hard, but all the sacrifices my parents and I do are to have a better future for us. I have experienced many challenges that I have overcome such as engaging into a new environment and learning the language.
Godelive Bakutshike - International Ambassador WRC Liaison
My name is Godelive Bakutshike, I was born and raised in the capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo which is called Kinshasa. My mother is a doctor in one of the biggest hospitals in my country and my father has been a political man for long time, but also owns a business from his father. I have brothers and sisters that are in different universities and different countries. I always try to keep busy by spending time with my family, or by trying new things. I came to the United States of America as an international student; I’m trying to get to the nursing program to reach my goal. I attended high school in my country where I tried to get involved in activities and participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible. I started with Women’s Resource Center when I come to volunteer and was attracted by the program they provide. Today I’m working in Women’s Resource Center as a student advocate and international student ambassador.
Jennifer Acosta Campos - WRC Student Advocate
My name is Jennifer Acosta, born and raised in Portland Oregon. I am a mother of three beautiful children and married to a loving and caring husband. This is my third year at PCC Rock Creek. My introduction to PCC was through a program called Puentes that gave me the opportunity to gather information about all the resources that had at PCC. I honestly do not know what I want to major in yet because there are many things that I am passionate about, like science and social work. This will be my second year working at WRC and it has taught me special values about feminism, education, advocacy, and resources that have helped me strengthen my leadership skills. I am passionate to come to a safe environment and meet new people everyday.
Laura O'Connor-Eichman - WRC Student Advocate
Hi! My name is Laura O'Connor-Eichman. This is my 3rd term at Portland Community College- Rock Creek location. I'm working towards my Associates of Art Transfer Degree here and will then transfer to earn my Bachelors in Science of Nursing. I'm energetic and outgoing and fight to raise awareness for some causes very close to my heart! I came into the Women's Resource Center early in 2014 and loved the energy! The coordinators and advocates were so helpful and supportive! I knew I wanted to work here immediately! I love meeting new people and helping wherever I can. If you ever need any resources please come in and ask!
Lidia Limon Hernandez - WRC Student Advocate
My name is Lidia Limon. I come from a Mexican ethnic background although I was born in California. I am currently seeking a degree in Public Health, I truly enjoy working closing with the community and the health aspect. I enjoy reading, spending time with friends, volunteering, and drinking tea. This year one of my main goals is to maintain my motivation in all that I do in order to complete my studies with above average grades. In addition, I would like to become a role model for my younger family generations and Latino community.
I am excited for the opportunity to work in the Woman's Resource Center in order to help women achieve higher education and build special connections.
Maricruz Gonzalez Vazquez - WRC Student Advocate
Hola! My name is Maricruz Gonzalez-Vazquez, This is my third year at Portland Community College and my third year as a student leaders. I am really excited to help students in the Women's Resource Center this year. I really enjoy learning aboutfeminism and the students that come into our center. Well I enjoy learning in general and having fun. I am pursuing a career in engineering, and though the classes are hard, I am having the time of my life. I hope to meet lots of new people this year, graduate from PCC and make an impact in people's lives. So don't be shy, and stop by the center to say hi.
Penny Williams - New Directions Mentor
Hi, my name is Penny Williams and I am the student mentor in the New Directions class offered through the Women’s Resource Center. This is my first position as a student leader and advocate. I am currently studying Office Systems and Computer Application Systems and will complete an Associate’s Degree in 2015. As an older woman returning to school, I have a lot to catch up on with computer skills but I bring a lot of life experience to my role as an advocate and I am enjoying the training and team building that many of the student centers participated in. I enjoy meeting new people, spending time outside of class with friends and creating art in many forms. I look forward to assisting you in the WRC this year.
Sasha Perez - WRC Student Advocate
Hi everyone! My name is Sasha Perez. I’m so excited to be part of the team! The Women’s Resource center is a fantastic aid to everyone on campus. I’m studying at PCC in order to work in “Public Relations” My dream is to create media that promotes fairness and equality! This Center has taught me to become a leader and raise awareness on injustice and discrimination. As a women, a minority, a student, and as a human being, I am proud to work for such an amazing organization. Every day we are truly making a difference.
Timothy Pits - WRC Special Projects
Hello! My name is Timothy Pitts. It‘s a tremendous honor to be part of the team here at the WRC. My passions are many and very diverse. The ones, I believe define me most! First, is being the best father I can be. Second, is my desire to be a positive experience in other people’s life. I am earning my A.A.O.T here at PCC. I will be transferring fall 2015 to Pacific University to pursue a career in medicine.
A student advocate develops skills in...
- Problem Solving
- Crisis Intervention
- Resource Research
- Public Speaking
- Community Organizing
- Program Design and Implementation
- Leadership Development
- One-on-one Assistance
- Women's Advocacy