Bibiana Arriola was born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco. Bibiana grew up to attend UC Berkeley to study English and Art History with dreams of being a teacher. She worked for several years at a non-profit youth development program housed where she grew up that primarily served at-risk youth of color. This is where Bibiana discovered her love and dedication to equity and social justice in education. While pursuing her M.A. in Counseling Education at San Jose State University, Bibiana also worked in undergraduate advising with the ASPIRE TRiO Program, her work and mentors helping to further fuel her passion in student success services. Bibiana especially enjoys hands-on presentations and workshops that focus on community building and practical skill building. In her spare time, Bibiana enjoys painting, graphic design, over-analyzing movies, and reading.
Vanessa Rodriguez, while originally from Los Angeles, has lived most of her life in the Midwest. She studied Psychology and Anthropology at Creighton University, located in Omaha, Nebraska. Vanessa’s love for developing genuine relationships has led her to work with youth in the foster care system, Girl Scouts, first-generation students, and other underserved populations.
In her free time, she can be found watching Netflix, doing yoga, traveling, and going on random adventures. With her exciting return to the West Coast, Vanessa can’t wait to build new advising relationships and help you navigate the world of higher education.