Discussion Leaders

Discussion Leaders (DLs) are upper-division undergraduates who serve as teaching assistants for University Studies 1: The Freshman Experience.

As part of the University Studies 1 teaching team, DLs teach their own weekly 50-minute discussion section with up to 17 first-year students. They are trained to facilitate discussions and lead activities on important topics like major exploration, academic resources, student support services, and student involvement. DLs are a crucial part of first-years' peer support system as they transition from high school to UCI.

Learn more about our Discussion Leaders' UCI experiences by clicking on their names below.

DISCUSSION LEADER COORDINATORS

Rachel Ge

Hometown: Beijing, China
Major: Quantitative Economics

Janny Phu

Hometown: El Monte, CA
Major: Business Economics

Emiru Okada

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Human Biology

Nadine Perez

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Majors: Chicano/Latino Studies and Psychology

Megan Santagata

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Major: Psychological Science

DISCUSSION LEADERS

Aaliyah Adams

Hometown: Pomona, CA
Majors: Criminology, Law & Society and Psychological Science

Wanjin Cheng

Hometown: Chengdu, China
Major: International Studies

Fernando Aguilar

Hometown: Palm Springs, CA
Major: Business Economics

James Chin

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Major: Physics

Aislyn Alvarado

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major
: Criminology, Law & Society

Evy Coto

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Sociology

Rongbing Chen

Hometown: China
Major: Business Economics

Aliah Estrada

Hometown: San Fernando, CA
Major: Psychological Science

Yi Fang

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Education Sciences

Valeriee Gonzalez-Santaella

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Biological Sciences

Nimrita Gill

Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Major: Biological Sciences

Kiersten Hernandez

Hometown: Northridge and Los Angeles, CA
Major: Neurobiology

Jay Gonzalez

Hometown: Suisun City, CA
Major: English

Elissa Huynh

Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Major: Education Sciences

Kareli Gonzalez

Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Major: Public Health Policy

Tommy Ieong

Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Major: Computer Science

Bella Juan

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Major: Business Administration

Denise Nguyen

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Majors: Business Economics and Psychological Science

Ashley London

Hometown: Burbank, CA
Major: Business Economics

Fern Paramo

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: English

Mya Martinez-Palacios

Hometown: Oakland, CA
Major: Public Health Policy

Mikie Phouthavong

Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Major: Biological Sciences

Jesus Moto

Hometown: Cathedral City, CA
Major: Applied Physics

Martha Qin

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major: Business Economics

Akib Rahman

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major: Political Science and International Studies

Madi Swiatek

Hometown: Nantucket, MA
Majors: Criminology, Law & Society and Social Ecology

Alejandro Robledo

Hometown: Bay Point, CA
Major: Psychological Science and Chicano/Latino Studies

Kyra Trinh

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Major: Mathematics

Cassidy Saw

Hometown: El Monte, CA
Major: Business Economics

Ashley Triplett

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Major: Sociology

Aleksey Soto

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: International Studies

Jasmine Vargas

Hometown: Huntington Park, CA
Major: Criminology, Law & Society and Psychological Science

Justin Verdecia

Hometown: Laredo, TX
Major: Computer Science

Wendy Wu

Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Majors: Education Sciences and Psychological Science

Gabby Villalta

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Criminology, Law & Society and Environmental Science and Policy

Ashley Yabumoto

Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Major: Education Sciences

Siddharth Viswanath

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Major: Data Science

Ben Zahalka

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Major: Political Science

Michelle Vu

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Major: Public Health Policy

Ivanna Zuniga

Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
Major: Psychological Science