Lance Cortez

Peer Mentor Lance
Peer Mentor (2020-2021)


Gender Pronouns: He/Him

Major: Political Science, emphasis in International Relations

Minors: History of Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice

Campus Affiliation: College of Letters & Science Honors Program, Political Science Departmental Thesis Scholar, RAAB Writing Fellow


Lance is a fourth-year undergraduate from Whittier, CA. Throughout his time at UCSB, he has served the first-generation community as a former EOP Scholars Peer Mentor and STEP Resident Assistant. Taking on a new role as a OSC Peer Mentor, he is excited to engage with students and assist them in their transition into the university setting. During his free time he enjoys music, talking philosophy, and chilling! 

Advice for First-Generation College Students:

Balance is key; it’s important to take care care of your academic, social, and mental health-related needs!