Staff Advising Hours

SPRING 2023 

Appointments via Slug Success (REMOTE)

Make an appointment on Navigate Slug Success. A Google Calendar online invite will follow.

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 1:30pm
  • Friday: 10am - 12pm

Drop-In (REMOTE)

Drop-in advising: Please sign in using our online check-in form. Once you sign in, you'll be directed to the google calendar to select a time slot where you will receive a zoom link. 

  • Monday - Wednesday: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursday - Friday: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

PEER ADVISING HOURS - SPRING 2023 starting April 10, 2023 

In Person Drop-In Advising (Merrill 8):

  • Monday: 11am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Tuesday: 11am-2pm 


Remote Drop-In Advising

  • Wednesday: 11am-5pm
  • Thursday: 11am-1pm
  • Friday: 9am-11:30am



Peer advisors are current students who can answer any questions about major and minor requirements, assist with academic planning, help you prepare a declaration of major/minor paperwork, and provide guidance on UCDC, UC Sacramento, and Study abroad program requirements. Peer advising hours are on a drop-in basis. Peer advisors can be reached via Google through chat and also on video (Hangouts). Add us to your Google contacts, Add instructions can be found below:




Meet our Advising Team!

Yanin Monter (She/Hers), Legal Studies Advisor
Hi! My name is Yanin and I am the Undergraduate Advisor for Legal Studies. I am a UCSC alumni (double major in Legal Studies and Sociology) and education has always been imoportant to me. Being a first-gen, Latina student, there were many challenges along the way but I received a lot of support from both faculty and staff that drove my desire to help other students navigate through their undergraduate career as well. During my free time, I spend most of my time hanging out with my two dogs. Read my philosophy of advising here.


Jerry Diaz, Politics Advisor 

Jerry Diaz is a Banana Slug alumnus (Sociology & education minor) from the Class of 1999. He has a Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in student development theories from the University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor. Jerry has exercised a lifelong passion for student affairs work in academic advising and guidance since 2012. He resides in the area with his family, which includes his turtle Shelly. When not in the office he enjoys running, cooking, and reading a good book. Jerry is committed to your academic success and invites you to connect for an academic advising session this Winter Quarter.



Michelle Li (She/Her), Politics & Legal Studies CUIP Intern 

Hey everyone! My name is Michelle and I'm a second-year College 9-affiliate pursuing a double major in Politics and Economics. Outside of academics, I'm an RA at John R. Lewis College this year, a part of student media (Editor of Matchbox Magazine), and participate in a few other organizations on campus. In my free time, I like being with my friends, reading a good (short) novel, and exploring Santa Cruz. In the future, I plan to attend law school and return to the east coast, where I am originally from, and reunite with my cat, Bob. I strongly believe in the importance of community and hope that I can use this role to connect with more of my peers. Feel free to make an appointment with me on Slug Success and reach out to me at



Arely Juarez, Politics & Legal Studies Peer Advisor

Hello, Banana Slugs! My name is Arely Juarez and I am a second-year student pursuing a double major in Politics and Legal Studies. This summer I had the amazing opportunity to participate in UCSC’s Global Seminar, Writing 2 in Ireland: Research and Travel Writing program. Taking advantage of academic opportunities like studying abroad is incredibly fulfilling. UCSC college advisors and coordinators are here to help you accomplish your academic goals! For fun, I love spending time with friends and going on hikes in Santa Cruz trials. I am a huge advocate for educational opportunities and I hope that I can provide you with assistance and knowledge based on my experiences.  



Marisol Ornelas, Politics & Legal Studies Peer Advisor

Hello! My name is Marisol Ornelas (she/her). I am a third-year student double majoring in Politics and Legal Studies. I enjoy learning new things, traveling, and collecting shoes in my free time. In addition to being a Politics and Legal Studies Peer Advisor, I am a Senderos Community Engagement Intern, a Cowell Residential Advisor, and a part of the Human Rights Investigations Lab. I am thrilled to be joining the team and eager to help my fellow poli and lgst slugs in their academic planning journey.



Lena Hossain, Politics & Legal Studies Peer Advisor

Hi! My name is Lena Hossain (she/her) and I'm a third-year double majoring in Legal Studies and Politics. I am a part of two student organizations on campus, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, the latter of which I currently serve on the executive board for. Outside of school, I've served as a legal intern at a family law firm and after graduating I plan on attending law school in Virginia, where I was born and raised. My hobbies include hiking, yoga, traveling, and spending time with my cat Luca (he's the cutest thing ever). I'm deeply committed to supporting you all in your academic success in any way I can, so please feel free to reach out! Make an appointment on Slug Success or reach me via email at 



Writing Tutor Assistance

Learning Support Services offers free drop-in writing tutoring. Check the website for writing and other tutoring services and schedules.

Learning Accommodations

Legal Studies Program staff and faculty are responsive to disabled students' concerns and special needs. We work with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to ensure appropriate accommodations. If you need assistance, please contact the DRC directly at (831) 459-2089.

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