Ethnic Studies Alumni Connect
Calling all Africana Studies, American Indian & Indigenous Studies, Asian Pacific Islander American Studies, Chicanx & Latinx Studies, and Ethnic Studies alumni! Did you graduate from Fullerton College with one or more of these AA degrees? The first Ethnic Studies AA degree was awarded in spring 1996, but countless students have taken classes in our department since the first Ethnic Studies class was taught in 1972. If you are an alumni and would like to receive occasional announcements and community building opportunities and/or if you’d like to be included in the directory, please sign up for our alumni network below.
Guadalupe S Cisneros Arroyo 2018 Chicana/o Studies AA
Guadalupe transferred to CSULB and earned a BA in Chicanx Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies and is currently a PhD student at UC Irvine in the Global and International Studies program. “When I first started at Fullerton College I knew I wanted to get into higher education but didn’t really know how to go about it. I was able to transfer after six years at FC with the help of all my mentors. They were there for me and helped me navigate higher education as a first-generation college student. I really felt like I was a part of a community, and I would not be in graduate school now without the foundation I was given at Fullerton College. I love Fullerton College so much I want to come back and teach.”
Guadalupe S Cisneros Arroyo
When I first started at Fullerton College I knew I wanted to get a higher education but didn’t really know how to go about it. I was able to transfer after six years at FC with the help of all my mentor. They were there for me and helped my navigate through higher education as a first generation college student. I really felt like I was a part of a community, and I would not be in graduated school now without the foundation I was given at Fullerton College. I love Fullerton College so much I want to come back and teach.
Selena Elisa Cruz
A first generation xicanx from La Mirada, who went back to college after taking a break for 3 years. Finished her AA in 2.5 years at Fullerton College with Ethnic Studies & Social Science. Took a shot at running for Student Senate President and won. She is a mental health advocate, a poet, a dachshund mami, and a warrior. She is now attending UCLA & will be graduating in spring 2022 with a BA in Chicanx and Central American studies & double minoring in Film and Theatre.
Art serves as a Policy Advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Art transferred from Fullerton College in 2013 to the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received Bachelor’s Degrees in Politics and Latin American & Latino Studies. Art is an experienced community & public policy professional with a demonstrated history of working in the policy development and advocacy industry. He is skilled in nonprofit organizations, community organizing and social policy research.
Tyffenye Janell Nelson
My name is Tyffenye Nelson and I am a student at CSULB. I graduated from Fullerton College spring 2020. I was excited to start my new chapter at Long Beach but very sad that my time at Fullerton had come to an end! Now I can say I am excited to be back to reconnect with this amazing community!
Maggie Peña (Ella/she/her)
Transferred to UCLA after FC. Double majored in Chicanx & Central-American Studies and Gender Studies. After undergrad, I started my masters in social work (MSW) program at UCLA.