SalSalvador Valdez, Lead Academic Advisor

Sal earned both his Bachelor of Science in Health Science: Community Health and his Master of Arts in Education: School Counseling from CSU, Dominguez Hills.  Currently, he is finishing his Credentials in Pupil Personnel Services at CSU, Dominguez Hills.  His goals are to empower students in reaching their highest potential, both personally and academically as well as ensure that every single student gets the most accurate and appropriate academic advising.  Sal loves the field of Counseling and Advising, especially working with the diverse culture of hard-working students that compose CSUDH.  He enjoys collaborating with faculty and staff to ensure students get the most out of their college experience.  When not busying it away at work, Sal likes to play soccer and hunt for vinyl records to add to his never ending collection.


LorenLoren Edwards, Academic Advisor

Hi Toros, I’m Loren-a girl who loves sports, her alma mater, and being a Toro day in and day out! Originally born in San Diego, I moved to the Southbay in the Fall of 2001 to attend Long Beach State University where the “Six Year Plan” earned me an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and a minor in Human Development.  Shortly after graduation I was awarded the opportunity to work as an academic advisor for the Department of Kinesiology at CSULB. It was through this work that I developed my deep love of advising and student services and concocted the perfect Van Wilder-esque plan to  stay in college forever (get a job at one!) . In the Fall of 2010 I was blessed again with the opportunity of a lifetime to come North 13.7 miles (thanks Google Maps!) and begin work here in the University Advisement Center at CSUDH. Though challenging and often a handful, I wake up daily forever in love with my job and honored to have been given the chance to be a part of one of the most incredible accomplishments of your life! Forever a family; always in Dominguez spirit and pride - GO TOROS!


BenBen Olague, Academic Advisor

Ben is a graduate and current student at Cal State Long Beach. In 2006, Ben completed his undergraduate double Bachelor’s degree in Comparative World Literature, and Chicano/Latino Studies. He is currently completing his Single-Subject Teaching Credential, and plans to complete a Master’s of Science degree in Education soon after. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree Ben began his professional career in Higher Education by taking positions in New Student Orientation, as well as small learning communities focused on student retention and advising. As the first college graduate in his family, Ben has accepted and come to love the field of education focusing his every professional action on assisting all students complete their own academic goals. Ben holds the field very close to heart and strives to make every student’s success his personal responsibility. When not at work Ben enjoys spending his time with his family and dog, or playing softball.


SherylSheryl Valdoria, Academic Advisor

Sheryl is a native of San Diego and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Diego State University.  During her senior year at SDSU, Sheryl became a peer academic advisor for the psychology department where she discovered her love for supporting students through academic advising.  Following graduation, Sheryl went on to earn her Master of Education degree in School Counseling along with her Pupil Personnel Services credential from the University of Southern California.  In the past, Sheryl has worked in a counseling or advising capacity with students from every grade level from kindergarten through university.  She is excited to be a part of the UAC team and for the opportunity to help the Toro population successfully navigate their educational journeys at CSUDH.


StephanieStephanie Flores, Academic Advisor

Stephanie earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Development from Long Beach State University, and her Master of Science in Higher Education from California State University of Fullerton. Her background includes orientation, advising, mentoring incoming college freshmen, and outreach. She is passionate about working with a diverse population of college students and strives to help students reach their maximum potential. She feels fortunate to dedicate her time to empowering students, giving back to her community, and assisting students in their progress toward graduation. Stephanie is enthusiastic about joining the CSUDH community and looks forward to making a positive impact on campus.


AngelaAngela Rivera, Academic Advisor

Angela transferred to Cal Lutheran University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and later earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California.  She has worked with several grant funded projects promoting higher education among low income, first-generation students and their families. As a first-generation student herself, she understands the struggles that students face as they try to navigate the system, but she also values the journey itself. She believes it is important for students to challenge themselves and take a proactive approach to their education. She is excited to work with the students of CSUDH and be a resource as they work towards their academic and personal goals.


RoseRosemary Rangel, Academic Advisor

Rosemary started her pursuit of higher education at Riverside Community College, and was able to transfer and receive her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. The first member of her family to receive a college degree, she then obtained her Masters degree in Educational Counseling from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!). Over the last six years she has worked directly with students at the community college level, and four-year institutions. She also has direct experience working with academic preparation programs such as Summer Bridge, and the Educational Opportunity Program. Her experiences have given her a strong understanding of different institutional cultures and goals. She has conducted and presented research at a national and regional National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference, on policies and practices for advising undocumented students. She is currently part of a research committee that will be delivering a presentation on California DREAMers: How undocumented students in CA access financial aid. Being able to contribute to the delivery of student services as part of the university team and positively impact the student experience is what she is passionate about.