Sofía Sanabria-Guillen

Graduate Peer Mentor


Gender Pronouns: She/Her(s)/Ella

Home Department: Education, Master's Student



Sofia is a first-generation scholar and proud Chicana who is originally from Anaheim, California. She received her Bachelor's in History from Cal Poly Pomona and is the first in her family to pursue higher education. Currently, Sofia is pursuing her Master’s in Education with an emphasis on culture and development. Her research interests include first-generation involvement and retention in higher education and the connection between cultural identity and education systems. Her undergraduate thesis was written on the historical effects educational racism had on Mexican Americans in California school systems. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, picnics at the beach, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to be part of the ONDAS team and is always looking forward to assisting students in any way she can!


Advice for First-Generation College Students:

As first-gen scholars, we are paving the way for those who look up to us such as our siblings, cousins, and our community. We are creating our own path that is different from our parents’ experiences so sometimes it might seem that they don’t fully understand what it means to be a student in higher education and that's okay. Always remember there is someone who understands what you are going through and is willing to assist you in any obstacles you may come across. Si se puede!